MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 677 this week

Emmanuelle (1974)

 -  Drama  -  3 December 1974 (USA)
5.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.2/10 from 6,244 users  
Reviews: 49 user | 41 critic

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

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb: What to Watch - The One I Love

Interview with Charlie McDowell and Mark Duplass


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 29 titles
created 23 Mar 2012
 
a list of 45 titles
created 25 Jan 2013
 
a list of 33 titles
created 31 Mar 2013
 
a list of 36 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 31 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Emmanuelle" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Emmanuelle (1974)

Emmanuelle (1974) on IMDb 5.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Emmanuelle.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Emmanuelle IV (1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  

In order to escape from her former lover Marc, Sylvia goes to Brazil where Dr. Santamo transforms her into the beautiful Emmanuelle. With this new identity comes a sexual awakening which is... See full summary »

Directors: Francis Leroi, Iris Letans
Stars: Sylvia Kristel, Mia Nygren, Patrick Bauchau
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

The beautiful O is taken by her boyfriend, Rene, to a bizarre retreat, where she is trained in bondage and sexual perversion. Rene discharges a personal debt by transferring possession of O... See full summary »

Director: Just Jaeckin
Stars: Corinne Cléry, Udo Kier, Anthony Steel
Emmanuelle 6 (1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.5/10 X  

Journey with Emmanuelle and the world's most excuisite models deep into the Amazon jungle to the heart of paradise. Beauty can be dangerous and the women soon find themselves captive to a ... See full summary »

Directors: Bruno Zincone, Jean Rollin
Stars: Natalie Uher, Jean-René Gossart, Thomas Obermuller
Emmanuelle 5 (1987)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  

[American version.] Emmanuelle has a streak of bad luck that starts when she is stripped by a mob of adoring fans at the Cannes Film Festival. Her rotten luck continues when the dictator of... See full summary »

Director: Walerian Borowczyk
Stars: Monique Gabrielle, Crofton Hardester, Dana Burns Westburg
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

In her first onscreen adventure, journalist/photographer Mae Jordan (known to her readers as "Emanuelle") travels to Africa on assignment. Questions of her own racial and sexual identity ... See full summary »

Director: Bitto Albertini
Stars: Laura Gemser, Karin Schubert, Angelo Infanti
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

An immigrant housemaid seduces a 15-year-old boy and later fakes her own death as part of his chauffeur's blackmail plot. Troubles arise when the two start to fall in love.

Director: Alan Myerson
Stars: Sylvia Kristel, Howard Hesseman, Eric Brown
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A film adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's novel. After a crippling injury leaves her husband impotent, Lady Chatterly is torn between her love for her husband and her physical desires. With her ... See full summary »

Director: Just Jaeckin
Stars: Sylvia Kristel, Shane Briant, Nicholas Clay
Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
Director: David Cove
Stars: Krista Allen, Paul Michael Robinson, Kimberly Rowe
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A woman struggles to keep her stepdaughter from harms way after she hires an assassin to kill her husband, but the hitman turns and blackmails her for the crime.

Director: Ilias Mylonakos
Stars: Laura Gemser, Gabriele Tinti, Livia Russo
Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Emmaunuelle meets Tasha, who she will teach all about earthly desires, sex and love.

Director: David Cove
Stars: Krista Allen, Paul Michael Robinson, Tiendra Demian
Emmanuelle: First Contact (TV Movie 1994)
Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  
Director: Lev L. Spiro
Stars: Krista Allen, Paul Michael Robinson, Kimberly Rowe
Emmanuelle VI (1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

Through the wonders of virtual reality, Emmanuelle tries to help a former schoolmate to overcome a traumatic sexual past.

Director: Francis Leroi
Stars: Sylvia Kristel, Caroline Laurence, Carolyn Monroe
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alain Cuny ...
...
Marika Green ...
Bee
Daniel Sarky ...
Jeanne Colletin ...
Ariane
...
Marie-Ange
Samantha
Gabriel Briand ...
(as Gaby Brian)
Gregory
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

X was never like this.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 December 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Emmanuelle  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 2,011,741 (Sweden)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (R-rated) | (cut) | (dvd release)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First and original 'Emmanuelle' movie of the official 'Emmanuelle' series. 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: Making love is not important, its the way you make love.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in 100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) 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]
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Soft Focus Existentialism-Lite
25 June 2004 | by (Tunbridge Wells, England) – See all my reviews

This was the first in a series of erotic films which were made possible by the increasingly liberal moral climate of the seventies and eighties and which enjoyed a success de scandale. The main character, Emmanuelle herself, is the attractive young wife of Jean, an older French diplomat in Bangkok, and the film chronicles her various sexual escapades. There is not, in fact, any real plot. Emmanuelle is seen having sex with her husband, with other men and, even more, with other women; lesbianism is, along with swimming, squash and cocktail parties, one of the main diversions of the bored ladies of Bangkok's French expatriate community.

Although this was one of the first productions of the mainstream cinema to deal with erotic subject-matter frankly, it is not particularly explicit. Much of the sexual action is implied, and what is shown directly is often shot from a distance. The eroticism of the film is softened by the way it is photographed. Outdoor scenes are shot in a blurry soft focus against a background of brilliant sunshine; indoor ones, by contrast, are generally dark or dimly lit. The leading actress, Sylvia Kristel, with her slim, boyish figure and the gentle beauty of her features, seems perfectly at home in this soft, unreal-seeming atmosphere. Nevertheless, there are still scenes that seem shocking even thirty years on. One of Emmanuelle's lovers, Marie-Ange, is a teenage girl only dubiously of the age of consent, something that seems to have caused less consternation in the seventies than it would do today. (The actress who played her was in fact eighteen, but the intention seems to have been to make the pigtailed, lollipop-sucking Marie-Ange a bisexual Lolita figure). Emmanuelle's Thai houseboy, aroused by the sight of her and her husband making love, pursues and has sex with one of the housemaids. It is never made clear whether or not this is an act of rape; the boundary between consensual and non-consensual sex is blurred in a manner which I found distasteful.

Like certain other Continental erotic films of this period, the 'Emmanuelle' series is marked by a certain pseudo-intellectual pretentiousness. This is particularly apparent in the second half of this film when the heroine, after being jilted by one of her lesbian lovers (the oddly named Bee), takes up with the elderly Mario, a man who, despite his grey hair and advancing years, fancies himself both as a lover and as a thinker. The rest of the film is frequently punctuated by Mario's thoughts on the meaning of life, carefully enunciated in a deep, gravelly voice, somewhere between an Old Testament prophet and an Orson Welles sherry commercial, which gives them the air of oracular pronouncements. Sex, in Mario's philosophy, ceases to be a taboo and becomes a duty. One owes it to oneself, and indeed to the world in general, to experience physical pleasure in as many ways as possible, with as many partners as possible, and to liberate oneself from all ways of thinking that might hinder one from this aim. The consequence of not doing so is that one will fail in one's solemn and sacred duty to Live Life To The Full.

It is this sort of Existentialism-Lite, Sartre meets Hugh Hefner, that makes the film seem so dated today, far more than do trivial period details such as Jean's sideburns or the garish lime-green paintwork of his sports car. This sort of cod-philosophy became one of the first casualties of the AIDS epidemic. If we watch 'Emmanuelle' today, it is not as an erotic experience, despite the undoubted charm of its heroine, and certainly not as an intellectual one, but as a slight, inadvertently amusing period piece. 4/10


67 of 93 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How many Emmanuelle movies does there need to be?! vee_pee
Intended/Best language? PiranianRose
Theme Song lambizkit
Drilled in the locker room? beffler
Emmanuelle [1974] 2007 re-release uncut timewatcher
Is this the movie? billyboyp
Discuss Emmanuelle (1974) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?