Her film career was dominated by her role as Emmanuelle
There can be few film actors so closely associated with one role as was Sylvia Kristel
, who has died of cancer aged 60. The title role of the sexually adventurous housewife in Emmanuelle
(1974) became a reference for every part she played subsequently. This was not surprising, as the Dutch star did play a character called Emmanuelle
, with few variations, many times over.
In the original film, Kristel portrayed the bored wife of a French embassy official in Bangkok, urged by her libertine husband to explore all the possibilities of sex. Thereupon, she finds herself in bed with, among others, a lesbian archaeologist and an elderly roué. Directed with some grace by Just Jaeckin
, this glossy soft-porn package, dressed up as art-house erotica, was a huge international hit, becoming the first X-rated film to be released in the Us. Lushly photographed and