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A Young Emmanuelle (1976)

Néa (original title)
In Genève, bookseller and publisher Axel Thorpe catches willful, rich 16-year old Sibylle Ashby shoplifting. She brags about her writing, so he challenges her to produce a book. She writes ... See full summary »


Nelly Kaplan


Emmanuelle Arsan (book), Jean Chapot | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sami Frey ... Axel Thorpe
Ann Zacharias ... Sibylle Ashby
Françoise Brion ... Judith Ashby
Micheline Presle ... Helen Ashby
Heinz Bennent ... Philip Ashby
Ingrid Caven ... Anne
Robert Freitag Robert Freitag ... Benito
Chantal Bronner Chantal Bronner ... Florence
Martin Provost Martin Provost ... Raphaël
Roland Briet Roland Briet ... Le bijoutier
Francine Custer Francine Custer ... Une élève
Nicole Duhamel Nicole Duhamel ... Une élève
Claude Makovski Claude Makovski ... Le critique litteraire TV
Françoise Maye Françoise Maye ... Une élève
Rose-Marie Nicolas Rose-Marie Nicolas ... La prof de mathématiques


In Genève, bookseller and publisher Axel Thorpe catches willful, rich 16-year old Sibylle Ashby shoplifting. She brags about her writing, so he challenges her to produce a book. She writes an erotic novel that Thorpe publishes anonymously, and it becomes a best seller. She also tries to capture the love of this 40-year old publisher. When he drops her for her older sister, should she seek revenge or recapture? In subplots, she gets along badly with her sister and her father, and she encourages her mother's affair with dad's sister. Axel has problems too besides the determined Sibylle: he must come to terms with the drowning death of his mother years ago. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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18 August 1978 (USA) See more »

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Nea: A New Woman See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Although Ann Zacharias speaks French, her native Swedish accent was still deemed strong enough to justify dubbing over her entire performance. The voice heard in the finished film belongs to director Nelly Kaplan. See more »

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Superior riff on "Emmanuelle"
1 February 2009 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

This another 1970's "Emmanuelle" knock-off, but it's a little more "official" than most since it's based on a novel by the original Emmanuelle Arsan. A teenage girl (Anna Zacharias) is caught pilfering erotic books from a bookstore. She convinces the handsome young bookstore owner (Sami Fray) to let her write an erotic book for him which he can publish anonymously. The problem is she's a virgin, so she needs to do the appropriate "research" in order to write the novel. She spies on her mother with her lesbian lover and the bookstore owner with his female co-worker. She convinces the lovestruck servant boy to strip for her. Finally though, she decides too get some actual firsthand experience by going to bed with her new publisher. Afterwards though he betrays her, so she takes revenge. . .

This film was directed by a woman (Nelly Kaplan), and while it's not really any less erotic, it is (for better or worse) considerably less sleazy than some of the "Emmanuelle" knock-offs (especially the Italian ones). It has solid production values and surprisingly good acting. Ann Zacharias was actually in her early twenties at the time, but is pretty convincing playing a younger character. She does sexy pretty well of course, but her character is also pretty funny--putting on a thick pair of glasses to studiously observe the sex scenes, or clinically inspecting her horny servant boy's manhood with a pair of forceps. (For whatever, reason Zacharias kind of struck me as a French-Scandinavian version British actress Pamela Franklin in films like "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"). She is actually a much better actress than either Sylvia "Emmanuelle" Kristel or Annie "Laure" Belle, the two much more famous actresses to portray Arsan's erotic heroines. It's kind of a shame she never did much beyond this.

I've seen just about all the 1970's riffs on "Emmanuelle", and this is definitely one of the better ones. I'd recommend it.

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