The Image

Synopsis: Jean discovers that Anne cannot get enough of being humiliated by her mistress, Claire. Gentleman that he is, he decides to partake in the activities. Ultimately, Claire surrenders to him as well.
Genre: Adult, Drama
89 min

When I saw Claire again for the first time

that summer, it was at a party given by-

let's say the X's near

the Place de la Concorde.

The entire summer had been lovely,

but that evening was particularly beautiful.

I was late, as usual.


I detest literary cocktail parties...

- Jean!

- Hi.

As anyone who attends them regularly

should, if he has any self-respect at all.

I had just come out of a long

siege with a short story,

a short story that had

an enormous resistance

to being completed, and,

had I to be totally honest,

I would confess that I was genuinely pleased

to be once more among the living.

How are you?

- And you?

- Fine.


Excuse me.

What struck me most about seeing Claire

again was that she hadn't changed at all.

I felt as if I had just

left her the night before.

Although, in reality, I hadn't seen her for

at least two or three years, maybe more.

Friedlander? Coudrain.

I said hello to other people,

but I meticulously avoided getting involved

in the peculiar kind of pointless argument

which is so typical at that kind of party.

I remember that I noticed something

then in which I wouldn't have

minded getting involved,

and it was dressed all in white.

As I think back,

she had made more of an impression on me

than the usual pretty

girl one sees at parties.

The young girl in the white dress

and Claire were friends, obviously.

But beyond that, I sensed a strange link

between them, a kind of electricity,

although I had never heard it said that

Claire was particularly interested in girls.

Still, there was a conspiracy between

them that one could feel quite clearly.


What are you doing hiding out there?

Thinking of clever things to

say to your delightful guests.

That shouldn't be too difficult for you.

What about the young

girl in the white dress?

I don't know a thing about her.

She came with Claire.

I suppose she's a friend of hers.

Funny thing is, I haven't been able

to get two words out of her all night.

I remembered clearly the

look Claire had given her.

It was the look of one viewing a rerun of a

successful film one had directed oneself,

whose plot couldn't possibly

have any surprises.

Lovely to have had you.

Later, as I was getting ready to leave...

- Jean.

- All right,

I might call you later. Jean. Yes?

If you like,

perhaps we could have a drink somewhere

to forget about this dreadful party. Nice.

You can get to know Anne. Anne?


You'll see.

She's very nice.

Who is she, anyway?

Just a young model.


Well, she belongs to me.

Three mineral waters, please.

She's pretty, isn't she?

Yes, very.

She's very pretty.

You can touch her if you like.

And she has a beautiful mouth,

lovely soft lips, lovely,

soft, knowing lips.

And pretty teeth.

Come, let's have a look at them.

Stay like that.

Someday I'll show you some

photographs I took of her.

Claire had arranged to

meet me the following day.

I knew enough by now not to ask whether we

would be alone or with her young friend.

We were supposed to spend the afternoon

together in the Bagatelle Gardens,

the most beautiful rose garden in the world.

She had insisted that she

wanted to show it to me herself.

Claire was a stunning woman and probably

even more interesting than her friend.

But unlike her friend, she

had never aroused me at all.

At first this had bothered me.

But then I told myself that

it was her impeccable manners

and the precise way in

which she did everything

that made it impossible to think

about her as a potential conquest.

I probably needed to feel that at

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Radley Metzger

Radley Metzger (also known as Radley Henry Metzger, Radley H. Metzger and by the pseudonyms, "Jake Barnes", "Erich Farina" and "Henry Paris") (January 21, 1929 – March 31, 2017) was an American pioneering filmmaker and film distributor, most noted for popular artistic, adult-oriented films, including Camille 2000 (1969), The Lickerish Quartet (1970), Score (1974), The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann (1974), The Image (1975) and The Opening of Misty Beethoven (1976). According to one film reviewer, Metzger's films, including those made during the Golden Age of Porn (1969–1984), are noted for their "lavish design, witty screenplays, and a penchant for the unusual camera angle". Another reviewer noted that his films were "highly artistic — and often cerebral ... and often featured gorgeous cinematography". Film and audio works by Metzger have been added to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. more…

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