Emmanuelle (1974)

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The wife of a French diplomat in Bangkok, Emmanuelle embarks on a voyage of sexual discovery.


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  • Sylvia Kristel and Christine Boisson in Emmanuelle (1974)
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  • Sylvia Kristel in Emmanuelle (1974)
  • Sylvia Kristel and Daniel Sarky in Emmanuelle (1974)
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6 July 2008 | Karl Self
Bâille! (transl.: French for "Yawn!")
There is a whole raft of French 1970ies porn movies, and while a surprising number of them take place in beautiful French châteaus -- and their less picturesque cellars -- and are set to la-la-music that would bore the pants off Enya, quite a few of them are rather good, actually -- and really filthy.

Here we have the movie that started it all, and yet I was disappointed. Granted, it's beautifully photographed, and the sex scenes pack a lot of sizzle, but the rest was lame and shallow. Emmanuelle is a young woman who -- you guessed correctly -- wants to explore her sexuality. What I had to accomplish singled-handedly in the grubby furtivity of our garden shed with the bra pages from the Sears catalogue, she can have a go at with the cream of beautiful French actresses and all the Oriental totty they couldn't beat off with a soiled stick in beautiful Thailand. And in a squash court. You'd think the permutations were endless, but what it boils down to is a long alternation of heady talk (maybe my French isn't good enough, but I thought it was all gibberish) followed up by breathy sex scenes (which are strictly softcore, by the way). Maybe I'm the exception from the rule here, but I don't only watch a movie such as this for the sex scenes, I actually do care about the rest of the movie.

The story disintegrates further when Emmanuelle, after two encounters with random men and a romance with a younger girl and an older woman, inexplicably shacks up with a grubby old man, and reaches its absolute low point when he subjects her to gang rape -- which is all the more revolting because it is filmed in wonky ouh-ah soft focus.

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In a 2007 interview, Sylvia Kristel said the scene where Emmanuelle is offered up as the prize to two competitors in a Thai boxing match was particularly distasteful. She said she still shudders to think of it. When the scene was first presented to her as a crucial part of her character's 'education', she said she attempted to argue with the director Just Jaeckin that no woman would find being raped enjoyable. "But it was very hard to explain that to a male director," she said. "He merely replied 'Yes, but it's in the book.' It was a very humiliating scene, and very difficult for me."


Quotes

Mario: It states that one must make love without shame or constraint. That virginity is not glorious. That the couple has its limits. And that these limits must be stretched to infinity.


Goofs

(at around 1 min) When Emmanuelle is on the plane, she closes the blind fully and curls up. A fellow passenger sits down and embraces her. In addition to the high spotlight on her cleavage, there's a bright light coming from the direction of said covered window.


Alternate Versions

The following are the different video versions of "Emmanuelle"(1974): - 1. Panned & scanned, subtitled, rated "X" (other than the picture cropping, this presumably matches the original US theatrical print, which was NOT dubbed; long out of print) - 2. P&S, dubbed, rated "R" - 3. P&S, dubbed, unrated - 4. Letterboxed, dubbed, unrated - 5. Letterboxed, subtitled, unrated


Soundtracks

Emmanuelle Steps Out
Written and Performed by
Pierre Bachelet and Hervé Roy

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