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'Emmanuelle' movies producer Alain Siritzky dead at 72 (photo: Sylvia Kristel in 'Emmanuelle' 1974) Emmanuelle franchise producer Alain Siritzky died after what has been described as "a short illness" on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at a Paris hospital. Siritzky, whose credits include dozens of Emmanuelle movies and direct-to-video efforts, several of which starring Sylvia Kristel in the title role, was 72. Ironically, Alain Siritzky didn't produce the original, epoch-making 1974 Emmanuelle. He became involved in that Yves Rousset-Rouard production via his Parafrance Films, which distributed Emmanuelle in France. 'Emmanuelle': 1974 movie sensation A couple of years after the release of Deep Throat and The Devil in Miss Jones (not to mention Boys in the Sand and Eyes of a Stranger), and the year after Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider sparked a furor by having simulated sex in Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris, the 1974 French release Emmanuelle still managed to become a worldwide cause célèbre. »
- Andre Soares
As general manager of French distributor ParaFrance, Siritzky acquired rights to the 1974 first in the series, “Emmanuelle,” starring Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, and distributed the film based on a 1959 novel about a French ambassador’s wife who is introduced to the art of love in Bangkok.
“Emmanuelle” became one of the most successful soft-core films of all time, and was released in the U.S. with an X rating by Columbia Pictures, where it grossed $4 million, a respectable sum for the time.
Among his other productions were “Dead Man’s Curve” with Matthew Lillard, the “Justine” series and the “Sex Files” series. »
- Pat Saperstein
Alain Siritzky, best known for producing the Emmanuelle series of erotic films, died Saturday in a Paris hospital after a short illness, his family told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 72. In the early 1970s, Siritzky acquired the audiovisual rights to the popular 1959 novel Emmanuelle by Frenchwoman Emmanuelle Arsan. He then distributed Emmanuelle (1974), which starred Dutch actress and model Sylvia Kristel as the promiscuous wife of a French diplomat. See more Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 The “soft-core” movie, filmed in Bangkok, was an immediate sensation in France and would play on the Champs Elysees for 13
- Mike Barnes, George Szalai
The rise and fall of Cannon Films is told in Mark Hartley's wildly entertaining documentary, Electric Boogaloo. Here's Ryan's review...
Producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus were famous (or infamous) for many things, but a stringent approach to quality filmmaking was hardly one of them. At the height of their success in the 1980s, the Israeli cousins, and their company Cannon Films, were synonymous with cheap B-movies of just about every kind: Chuck Norris action flicks, sex comedies, ninja martial arts epics, dance movies and tawdry slasher horrors.
Their films frequently horrified critics, but became a staple of video rental stores: with Cannon Films cranking out as many as 50 or so pictures a year at its peak, the company's distinctive logo and self-explanatory film titles (New Year's Evil, Avenging Force, Enter The Ninja) were ubiquitous throughout the 80s and early 90s. The company was eventually brought down by its fast-and-loose approach to film production, »
4 items from 2014
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