EMANUELLE is Tintin as envisioned by the Marquis de Sade. The original trilogy with Sylvia Kristal was lovely, glossy French softcore about a bored, swinging diplomat’s wife who breathlessly discussed philosophies about love and sex in between conquests. However things got really interesting once Joe D’Amato and the jaw droppingly gorgeous Laura Gemser took over the role and all hell broke loose. This Emanuelle was an adventurous reporter who traveled to Africa, Bangkok, America, Venice, India, Hong Kong and the Middle East. She joined a convent, went to prison and through her travels was constantly exposed to the horrors of beastiality, snuff films, long lost cannibalistic tribes, white slavery rings and a rogues gallery of perverts, rapists and criminals. All with her trusty camera by her side and an ever willingness to get naked and down and dirty for the job. What a fucking icon!
Out of the hundreds of ‘sequels’, spin-offs, rip-offs and remakes, I am listing ONLY the most essential of Emmanuelle-related adventures:
The original trilogy of EMMANUELLE (SYLVIA KRISTEL), the French diplomat’s wife.
The one-off by the author of Emmanuelle, LAURE (ANNIE BELLE), the story of a free-spirited anthropologist student living in the Philippines.
Joe D’Amato’s BLACK EMANUELLE (LAURA GEMSER) series, featuring Mae Jordan, the hedonistic, globe-trotting investigate journalist. Also essential viewing – her two women-in-prison adventures (as directed by Bruno Mattei).
Honorable mentions to the ‘young Emanuelles’ and other fun, glossy cash-ins – ANNIE (ANNIE BELLE), NEA (ANN ZACHARIAS), VANESSA (OLIVIA PASCAL), FELICITY (GLORIA ANNEN) & JOY (CLAUDIA UDY).Read less