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Emmanuelle (1974)

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

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Just Jaeckin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alain Cuny ... Mario
Sylvia Kristel ... Emmanuelle
Marika Green Marika Green ... Bee
Daniel Sarky Daniel Sarky ... Jean
Jeanne Colletin Jeanne Colletin ... Ariane
Christine Boisson ... Marie-Ange
Samantha Samantha
Gabriel Briand Gabriel Briand ... (as Gaby Brian)
Gregory 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It is an X movie with a story handled with elegance. It is based on a novel that sold over a million copies in 17 languages. And no adult film has received wider acclaim. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Emmanuelle See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,720,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (R-rated) | (cut) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Some of this film's score stole King Crimson's tune called "Larks' Tongues In Aspic, Part 2", which was composed by the band's leader Robert Fripp. A lawsuit ensued and was settled out of court. 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: Love, true love, needs to be unnatural. The definition of true love is the erection, not the orgasm. Couples should be outlawed. It should be compulsory to include a third person.
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Alternate Versions

The only "altering" of the sex scenes is the consequence of the fact that the framings, even in the letterboxed versions, do not match that of the original theatrical presentation. Version 2 disappeared quite quickly (other than copies remaining on the shelves of rental outlets), with the film's audience apparently assuming that the "R" rating meant that "the best parts" had been cut out. Actually, the dropping of the subtitles and the addition of the new dialogue track meant that it was a "different" movie and could be resubmitted to the MPAA for rating. Standards had changed in the more than fifteen years that had passed since the film had originally been given the "X", resulting in the "R." The "unrated" follow-up, hurried into release, faded away by the mid-90s, and versions 4 and 5 are the only ones currently in print. See more »

Connections

Followed by Emmanuelle IV (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Cigarette Act
Written and Performed by Pierre Bachelet and Hervé Roy
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The ambiguity of Emmanuelle
11 May 2008 | by unbrokenmetalSee 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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