In 1975, Radley Metzger released his defining erotic masterpiece, The Image.
Before everyone decides to get their panties in a bundle over next week's release of Fifty Shades of Grey, we need to realize that the cinematic S&M set existed long before this cheap and sleazy tale of whips and sex.
In 1975, Radley Metzger directed The Image aka The Punishment of Anne, a film that crossed the fine line between erotic cinema and pornography while offering up a lurid tale of love and obsession. In an era when porn films were becoming mainstream and couples were venturing to see movies like Deep Throat together on date night, Metzger continued to push his personal agenda by mixing sexual tones, innuendo, and unsimulated penetration into some of his best releases.
|"But, I'm gonna ruin my dress."|
Despite the rough nature of The Image and a super cheesy overdub, the film stands out as one of Metzger's finest exploitive films. The delivers a story that would translate just as well today. It's about control, man's desires, and one woman's inherent need to let herself be overtaken by a controlling master. With the upcoming theatrical run of Fifty Shades of Grey, Metzger's The Image holds a strong chance of developing a small cult following. It explores many of the same themes and captures a long gone era of film when people were just beginning to accept sexuality as a commonality and enjoyed it as a form of escapist entertainment.
|"Here. Have a snack."|