Emmanuelle (1974)

Emmanuelle (1974)

Released: 1974
Genre: Drama, Genre
Director: Just Jaeckin
Starring: Marika Green, Alain Cuny, Sylvia Kristel, ,
Run time: 105 min
IMDb: 5.3/10
Country: France
Views: 45869

Synopsis

Storyline:
Emmanuelle is a beautiful young model and lives in Bangkok together with her husband Jean, who’s several years older. She likes him because he’s taught her much, and he likes her because she’s learning so well – and wants to often. Both are very tolerant in matters of extramarital affairs, so he doesn’t mind the young Marie-Ange coming over every so often, although she obviously wants more than talk from his wife. But Emmanuelle is more fascinated by the older Bee, and joins her on a trip into the jungle.
Written by
Tom Zoerner <[email protected]>
User Reviews: There is a whole raft of French 1970ies porn movies, and while a surprising number of them take place in beautiful French ch√Ęteaus — 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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