[American version.] Emmanuelle has a streak of bad luck that starts when she is stripped by a mob of adoring fans at the Cannes Film Festival. Her rotten luck continues when the dictator of a banana republic uses the screening of one of her films as a pretext to get her into his country. Our heroine finds herself admitted into his harem as a slave. [Roger Corman fans may be able to identify stock action footage used in the American version.]
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B-legend and Dec. 1983 Penthouse Pet of the Month Monique Gabrielle's first starring role. She spent a considerable amount of time totally nude for this film, but she said in an interview years later that nudity has never been an issue for her. Gabrielle's father, a nudist, inspired his offspring to adhere to a "continental" attitude. Thus, she admits having few qualms when B-roles require the obligatory disrobement scenes. "I feel fine about nudity. In my mind, it's clean and there's no problem. Europeans think we're so uptight about nudity and sex, which most Americans are. When people suggest that sex or even nudity is 'dirty' it creates problems which is why we have perverts, rapists, and child molesters....What's really hypocritical about our rating system is a movie depicting graphic violence, usually inflicted upon women, may get a soft rating. But if a woman bares her breast or removes her clothing, a film is usually branded with an R rating." See more
What's the matter? Why are you so shy? Have you never seen a naked woman before?
Charles D. Foster
No, I mean yes. I have seen a lot of naked women before.
There are three versions of this movie:
- the theatrical European version (also dubbed into French, Italian and German), known as the "director's cut" version;
- the US version, including new scenes produced by Roger Corman and directed by Steve Barnett. Members of the original cast, as well as new actors, were brought to Los Angeles a year later to shoot the additional footage. This version was completed in 1987, and also utilizes Borowczyk's out-takes. The attempt was to give the story more cohesion, and tighten the pacing, making it more commercial. No final film print edit was done, it was all put together on 3/4 video with a series of fade-ins and bleeds. After a few years, Corman's New Horizon imprint opted for a home video release in 1992, only available in a full-screen transfer. It never screened theatrically. This version is available on New Horizons DVD in the US;
- the French home video version, including hard-core sex scenes that don't feature any of the principal cast. This version is trimmed of several minutes of footage found in the theatrical European version. This version was released in France by Carrere Video on VHS (dubbed in French). It was never released on DVD in an uncut form, but it was released in 2006 by Lionsgate UK on DVD in a cut version removing all hardcore footage.