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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.

Director:

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:

Let's you feel good without feeling bad. 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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Did You Know?

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: Making love is not important, its the way you make love.
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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 »

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Soundtracks

Emmanuelle In The Mirror
Written and Performed by Pierre Bachelet and Hervé Roy
[Closing Theme]
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Aircraft Simulator
12 September 2005 | by loza-1See all my reviews

This film is loosely based on the erotic art novel by Emmanuelle Arsan.

The fact that it was directed by Just Jaeckin means that it is the best of the Emmanuelle series, and makes the others look like mere skin flicks, which I think they probably are anyway.

Sadly, in Britain, the censors, in an effort to save the British public from themselves, have hacked a few scenes out of it, including a "smoking" scene in a nightclub and a rape scene towards the end of the film.

Sylvia Kristel seems ideally cast as the protagoniste. Others have called her innocent, but this is not the case: she is not so innocent, but becomes even less so, as her adventures increase her learning and experience.

Compared with the novel, the sam-lo scenes are not so well done, and the Mario character is a bit tacky, otherwise the film is well done. Emmanuelle's encounter with Bee is better than the book. Not so good are one or two of the simulated sex scenes; they look pretty phony.

This film was exceedingly popular at the time it was released, and has lasted the test of time, even if some of the clothes have not.


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