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Emmanuelle (1974)

 -  Drama  -  3 December 1974 (USA)
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The wife of a French diplomat in Bangkok, Emmanuelle embarks on a voyage of sexual discovery.

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Complete credited cast:
Alain Cuny ...
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Marika Green ...
Bee
Daniel Sarky ...
Jeanne Colletin ...
Ariane
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Marie-Ange
Samantha
Gabriel Briand ...
(as Gaby Brian)
Gregory
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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 <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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3 December 1974 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 2,011,741 (Sweden)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This is a relatively rare example of an X-rated, erotic movie released in the USA by a major movie distributor (Columbia Pictures). Apparently, this came about because the movie had been particularly popular in France among women. The company reasoned that the movie would not be regarded as pornographic as long as women liked it. See more »

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. See more »

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.
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Connections

Spin-off Emmanuelle: First Contact (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Emmanuelle
Sung by Pierre Bachelet
Mixed by Paul Bertault
Post-synchronized by Jean-Claude Duval as J.-C. Duval
Auditorium Antegor - Dames Augustines
Published by De Wolfe [uk]
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User Reviews

The ambiguity of Emmanuelle
11 May 2008 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

The biggest cinema surprise hit of 1975, based on a book by Emmanuelle Arsan, made Dutch model Sylvia Kristel a famous actress. The first thing you'll notice is that over 30 years later, the fascination with the exotic is still strong. It was worth going to Thailand and present the real thing instead of shooting "Asian" scenes in a park in Spain or Italy like many other European film crews did at the time. And it surely is one of the very few erotic films where you have to pay attention to the dialogs. It was important to explain the bizarre idea of "freedom" which the scandalous novel had introduced - arguably a two-edged sword. It is said that dependency is humiliating, but aren't scenes like when Emmanuelle is given as a "prize" to the Thai boxer even more humiliating? Easy to see why the movie stirred up discussions

  • which made even more people want to watch it. The ambiguity of this


"freedom" in "Emmanuelle" thus was used for marketing. In her autobiography "Undressing Emmanuelle", Kristel recalls one scene with real horror: near the end, when she is raped by the opium smoker. The young man didn't understand a word of what she or the director said, so he just grabbed her. Sylvia's disgust is visible, and if the sequels hadn't been softer, she probably wouldn't have made them. The first Emmanuelle film still was experimenting with both visual style and a provocative attitude; it may have created a certain formula even though it didn't completely obey its rules, since it was rather the more gentle and glossy second Emmanuelle film which perfected the formula. I voted 7/8/6/4/6/7 for the six cinema films of the series.


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