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Forever Emmanuelle (1976)
"Laure" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  December 1982 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Annie Belle ...
Laure
Emmanuelle Arsan ...
Myrte
Pierre Haudebourg ...
Dolly
Al Cliver ...
Nicola
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Professor Gualtier Morgan
Michele Starck ...
Natalie Morgan
Homer Adams ...
Steve
Marianne Afchain ...
Marianne
Vicky Asprin ...
Ingrid
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Artemio
Sylvio Simonelli
Franco Curi
Giorgio Aldini
Andrew Douglas ...
Desmond
Berto Caselli
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At an institute in Manila, researchers and eco-tourists trade stories about the Mara tribe, who live on a remote island and have an annual festival of rebirth in which some of the tribe forget who they are and begin again. Laure is the daughter of the institute's director; she's a free spirit who has captured the fancy of Nicola, a European photographer. After a courtship in which the voyeuristic Nick indulges Laure's exhibitionism and sexual freedom, they set off for Mara land with Gualtier, an anthropologist, and his philosophical lover, Myrte. As they approach the Mara on the night of rebirth, who of the group will actually join the tribe to begin life anew? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Linda Lovelace was originally hired to play the leading role. According to her autobiography, 'Ordeal', after the script was rewritten to be more sexually explicit, she refused and was given a supporting role, but later left the project altogether. See more »

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Myrte: It's all so beautiful... and yet so strange. I feel a sense of - I don't know - some indefinable menace... A vague sense of fear... like a fear of death... A contraction deep inside my soul that makes me shiver.
Nicola: It's the night air that makes you shiver.
Professor Gualtier Morgan: It's *not* the night air... I too feel what Myrte feels... It's not the night air.
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The Making-Of
5 October 2008 | by (Yurp) – See all my reviews

In a way, this is one of the great iceberg crashes of the movie industry, en par with Waterworld in terms of failed hopes. If you're interested not just in movies, but also in the stories behind them, then this is a most worthwhile film. It represents the effort of a Hollywood studio (20.th Century Fox) to cut in on the highly profitable Emmanuelle franchise (which was so profitable that it has been credited with saving the entire French cinema industry). Instead of pulling off another unlicensed "Emanoellle" ripoff, they dug into their pockets and put some serious money on the table and hired "Emmanuelle" herself to do the writing, acting and directing. What this meant in practice was that the actual author of the Emmanuelle books, Louis-Jacques Rollet-Andriane (!), would write the script and direct, while his wife Marayat, under whose pseudonym "Emmanuelle Arsan" the Emmanuelle-books had been published, and who had consequently become an icon of eroticism, would appear extensively in a supporting role. And as a little extra for the American market, none other than porn legend Linda Lovelace would star in the title role.

But it all sort of went horribly wrong from there on. First of, a drug-addled Linda Lovelace became a born-again Christian after signing on, and consequently refused to do any nudity. In fact, she even took umbrage against a statue of Venus de Milo on the set because it had exposed breasts. Not a good stance to take if you're going to star in a softcore movie. Poor Linda, this was the chance of her lifetime, her single possibility to finally cash in a bit on her notoriety by doing a nice, harmless movie, and she ill-advisedly threw it out of the window.

Instead of Linda, the producers hired French actress Annie Belle, which was clearly a lucky stroke. Annie Belle, in contrast to Lovelace, could act, and despite her young age, had the brain of a seasoned erotica producer trapped inside her pneumatic body.

Unfortunately, now it was author and co-director Louis-Jacques Rollet-Andriane who played up. He didn't just want to make a sexy movie (like Emmanuelle, which is exactly what the were expecting of him), but wanted to forge a visual pamphlet of his swinging philosophy (which the backers had no interest in). Eventually he withdrew his name from the project, which is why direction is credited to "anonymous", which in turn really impeded its marketing. Since the movie is visually first class, I bet you that consequently a lot of money went down some river in the Philippines.

After all this I expected a conker of a movie, but I was pleasantly surprised: Laure is, in large parts, a very sexy movie, and had the potential to be a lot better than Emmanuelle. Annie Belle is absolutely stunning, and she is well matched byAl Cliver (her then real-life boyfriend), who gives the ladies in the audience something to ogle at.

Laure's advantage is that unlike Emmanuelle, it does not try to create the image of an extremely libertine woman who is ready for anything once the la-la-music starts. In particular there are practically no scenes of penetrative sex filmed as softcore (i. e. without showing more than nipples and a few pubes) like in Emmanuelle -- which in my opinion always looks a bit silly and tedious, and never really works.

The cinematography and settings are absolutely stunning and make Apocalypse Now look like Married With Children. Same for the actors. And some of the music is actually first-rate, which in an erotic movie is rarer than hen's teeth. They obviously spent a lot of money on Laure, this is not just another cheap Emmanuelle ripoff.

Unfortunately, like in Emmanuelle, there are some very extended scenes of gibberish philosophy which really drag on and make your brain bleed.

There is also one pretty tough scene in which Laure and her boyfriend go to their hotel room. A member of their expedition asks Laure to join him in his room, and before her boyfriend's eyes she agrees. While she's having noisy sex with the interloper, her boyfriend then elaborates that "her pleasure is my pleasure". This movie is a lot about swinging and the correspondent mentality, which I guess many viewers will find hard to stomach. I certainly did.

And there are admittedly some snags in the movie. There is one very surreal and completely incoherent scene in which a transvestite pilots a helicopter over Manila (Louis-Jacques clearly had a thing for in-the-air-sex). They pick up his girlfriend, and then he suggests to put the "helicopter on autopilot" so that she and Laure can get it on. This is Ed Wood stuff. And at the end of the movie they clearly ran out of money and / or ideas, so it ends with a hastily thrown-together dream sequence.

So, I hear you beg of me, what's Marayat, the chick who supposedly wrote all the Emmanuelle-books under the pseudonym "Emmanuelle Arsan", like? Seeing her is a bit like having the real Superman appear in a Superman movie. She has a pretty extensive role as "Myrte", a foxy oriental babe who is in a threesome relationship with a blonde chick (naturally) and a professor. She is a very sexy woman, and it is no surprise that her husband, according to the producer, was besotted with her. She has several erotic scenes which somewhat softer than other scenes in the movie; you can, however, tell that she is less of an actress and more of a, model because her timing and delivery are a bit lackluster.

My bottom line is still that Laure is definitely worth checking out. Sorry for being so verbose, but I hope you enjoyed my review. My account of the making of this film is based on the statements included in the extras section of the 2007 DVD release.


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