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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars cult yet sexy ... and very classic
Emmanuelle is a Lady of senses... She has an unique to seduce men and to get what she wants. A trip to the wonderful Bangkok will be the beggining to explore Emmanuelle fantasies and sexual experiences...
This film caused quite a stir when it was released back in 1974. It's pretty tame by today's standards. It's sort of a cult classic for breaking many taboos, such...
Published on 16 Feb 2003 by A. Siaravas

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3.0 out of 5 stars Emmanuelle [Blu-ray] [1974] botched subtitles
Although there should be subtitles on this disc - and in fact you're supposed to be able to click them, as they show up in the menu - they are not actually there. I don't like watching dubbed movies, but to understand the dialogue properly (my French is no longer adequate), you'll have to watch the dubbed version with its very inferior sound. Why on earth were the...
Published on 25 April 2012 by J. A. Sellin


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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars cult yet sexy ... and very classic, 16 Feb 2003
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A. Siaravas "minotaure" (LONDON, KENSINGTON United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Emmanuelle is a Lady of senses... She has an unique to seduce men and to get what she wants. A trip to the wonderful Bangkok will be the beggining to explore Emmanuelle fantasies and sexual experiences...
This film caused quite a stir when it was released back in 1974. It's pretty tame by today's standards. It's sort of a cult classic for breaking many taboos, such as lesbianism, threesomes, and fairly rough sex. It usually gets favorable reviews due to being so-called groundbreaking, but if you examine it with a critical eye, it is fairly obvious this is a poor film. The story is anemic, with every scene just a set-up to show another sexual act.
Sylvia Kristel became an international star as a result of this French screen adaptation of Emmanuelle Argan's controversial book. DVD version makes another reason the lovers of Emmanuelle to see it again. It is probably the best soft porno movie I ever saw. For beginners, it is like a manual for erotism.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Emmanuelle [Blu-ray] [1974] botched subtitles, 25 April 2012
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J. A. Sellin (Port Kembla, NSW Australia) - See all my reviews
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Although there should be subtitles on this disc - and in fact you're supposed to be able to click them, as they show up in the menu - they are not actually there. I don't like watching dubbed movies, but to understand the dialogue properly (my French is no longer adequate), you'll have to watch the dubbed version with its very inferior sound. Why on earth were the subtitles removed from the disc supplied by Amazon? Text takes up almost no space - especially not on a Blu-ray disc.

J A Sellin, Pt Kembla NSW
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic, 28 July 2009
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N. J. B. Barnes (UK) - See all my reviews
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More than 30 years on this is still an exciting movie, that titilates without being remotely associated with modern day porn - For starters it has a plot! and whilst erotic, theirs little if any graphical images - unless a few hairs disturbs you.

Sylvia Kristel explores her sexuality in a beautiful and stylish way. A harmless, beautifully produced classic.
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65 of 73 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great as soft porn, not so good as a movie., 15 April 2007
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russell clarke "stipesdoppleganger" (halifax, west yorks) - See all my reviews
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Emmanuelle , released in 1974 was the first soft core porn movie to achieve major box office success ,and this after the French government tried to have it banned. With utter predictability this ensured the film was an overnight success in it's native France , and it also went on to triumph in the USA where it was marketed as an art house movie which is a bit like marketing "Monty Python And The Holy Grail" as an historical movie , but there you go. Based on the controversial 1957 novel "Emmanuelle-The Joys Of A Woman " by Emmanuelle Arsan this is a film with some arresting erotic scenes but one which overall takes itself far too seriously .

The films flimsy plot-when does any porn film soft-core or otherwise have anything but mind-see's Emmanuelle (Sylvia Kristel) leave Paris to visit her diplomat husband in Bangkok , where she mixes with her husbands more sexually adventurous and liberated friends .Her husband encourages her to have extra-marital affairs and she starts by starting a lesbian relationship with archaeologist Bee(Marika Green)When this fizzles out she is placed under the tutelage of sex guru Mario( Alain Cuny) who explains to her how to explore her erotic desires.

That's about it really .Directed by Just Jaeckin , who also directed "The Story Of O" the movie features some truly eye catching cinematography using the exotic Thai locations and the performance of the striking natural beauty Kristel is surpringly good. This is the un-cut version so some of the films more contentious scenes, which have been victim to the censor before have been restored. The notorious nightclub smoking scene which is about as erotic as having your genitals poked with a lion fish is still there as, are the slightly regrettable scenes where Emmanuelle is coerced into things that she doesn't really want to do , which some will view as rape. Emmanuelle is far too plaint a character in this movie , it would have been preferable for her to gain some level of control and independence as the narrative progressed

The last third of the film degenerates badly with some excruciating dialogue and the introduction of some annoying characters and it's seems clear to me director and writers really had no idea where to take the film and the therefore the characters. Still , some of the scenes have retained a very pleasing erotic frisson and it has a certain charm and simplicity in this age of easily accessible internet porn , most of which makes "Emmanuelle" look like a "Flake" ad. The sequels that followed while allowing Kristel ,who bafflingly never followed up on her successes with this move franchise , to invest the character with more assertiveness were a succession of increasingly tawdry copies of the first. As soft-core porn Emmanuelle is probably as good as you will see .Judged purely as a piece of cinema it's not that great but most people will view it purely as the former so it does it's job very well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It broke new ground, 4 Sep 2011
This review is from: Emmanuelle [DVD] (DVD)
Here is another film where the music is so important to the visual depictions of love, desire and erotic exploration. The early, almost chaotic scenes of her arrival in Bangkok give way to their first love-making. She is later introduced to a group of bored housewives languishing by a pool. All are physically attractive, slim and pert. There is considerable topless sunbathing and some nude swimming. Lesbian love-making features; something Emmanuelle never realised was in her. The radical side of this tale is the husband's declaration "she is not my special possession; she can do what she wants with whomever...". Later, "you are not my possession, you are not my beauty, you ARE beauty!". That is put to the test when she disappears for a few days and he reacts. Later again, hubby introduces her to Mario; a venerable student of the erotic, who then seeks to liberate her from convention in these matters. There is no masochism, sadism or other aspects of a dark side. This is a self-confessed pursuit of pleasure. It broke new ground when first released in the 1970s. If you are in the mood, it's good stuff.

Ian Hunter.
Author of The Early Years
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Contains one truly great erotic scene but is otherwise mostly a chore., 22 Sep 2008
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This film must be in your collection if you are interested in the 'Art' of erotic cinema. This 'Art' is, as far as I can see, practically non-existent, (except in brief images), or at least examples of it are very hard to find, and I would welcome any help I can get in expanding my knowledge.
So unfortunately I'm not referring to the film as a whole but only the single scene and its short coda which occurs near the beginning of the film when Emmanuelle couples with two strangers, one after the other, while on a plane on her way to her husband in Bankok. It is really the first of these couplings which is interesting but the other one supplies a fitting supplement rounding it off like a piece of music.
This scene is almost perfectly done, being only slightly marred by a lapse in continuity in the first half of the two part action when the picture reverses from left to right. The lighting and sound of the plane engines create a perfect realistic atmosphere and the acting is very convincing. Despite it's context in a commercial soft-porn film this scene has all the qualities of an arthaus film and stays in the mind when almost everything else about the film is forgotten.
The action takes place in the passenger seats while the other people on the plane are sleeping, except for the second man who is watching from a seat further back. The secretiveness and furtiveness of what they are doing is an essential part of it's eroticism
There is partial nudity only but the concealment only makes the erotic charge greater while the participants realistically grapple with the tricky logistics of this sort of encounter. It's also rare for the 'vocal' soundtrack to be this convincing in scenes of this sort but it's of equal importance in creating the effect of realism. Even the sound of the engines is an important ingredient; it's like hearing the nervous system itself as it goes into full sexual arousal and response.
Sound and picture are all of a piece. This is one for connoisseurs and not to be missed. It has all the flavour and squelch of real sex and if this isn't a fine example of Realism in art I don't know what is. And it's much sexier than any porn if you have normal healthy instincts. If you don't find it very erotic I'll hazard a guess that you're looking for something much more perverse than a taste for lovely thighs set off with stockings and suspenders, and small perfectly formed breasts. Don't say I didn't give you all the facts.

Many who were not of age in the first part of the seventies have never seen this film and have a tendency to judge it inadvertantly by the standards of the later films in the series which they may have seen. But there was nothing to be found of anywhere near comparable value in the later films and even number 5 which was directed by Walerian Borowczyk is abysmally bad. The best things I could find in any of the other films were in no.2 where there are some good erotic images of Emmanuelle as she sits on a bed, topless and in her underwear. The art-direction of this scene was very good and some people may remember that stills taken on set were used in publicity for the film at the time. Otherwise the most erotic thing in no. 2 is a long held shot of the gusset of E's knickers as another girl's fingers move around inside. Actually I'm not dismissing this, it is quite erotic and it is interesting from a 'theoretical' point of view, if you see what I mean, but it's no marvel of erotic filmmaking.
There are also some well known photo-style images of E. undergoing acupuncture but they are a bit too self-conscously like advertising art-direction for my liking.
But getting back to Emmanuelle 1, if you want to watch the rest of the film make sure to watch it in French as that way it is quite bearable. There is a disturbing sequence later in the film at a Tai boxing match, where Emmanuelle is provided to service the victor, which is perhaps essential, for your education, to see, but it isn't pleasant.

Check out my reviews of 'The Postman Always Rings Twice' and 'Story Of Sin' for similarly interesting scenes.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic work in its time, 6 Nov 2004
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Budge Burgess (Troon, Scotland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Emmanuelle [VHS] [1974] (VHS Tape)
In its day a shocking breakthrough, 'Emmanuelle' was one of the first soft porn movies to go legitimate and be treated to release in High Street cinemas. It aspired to an art house status, its soft focus photography giving it a dreamy, haunting feel. Sylvia Kristel is its eminently desirable star: she appears in her first scene clad in a simple silk wrap, a bored French housewife, young enough to have retained a firm body and a resolute innocence, yet sophisticated enough to model in the nude and carry herself with an elegance verging on criminality. Life - and morality - for her are as soft-focused as the photography.
Her husband, meanwhile, is extolling her virtues as a lover to his best friend, explaining she was a virgin when he met her ... but look what she's learned since. His work takes him to Thailand, Emmanuelle follows. There, life is cheap, sex is free, and Emmanuelle soon meets up with a coterie of equally bored, equally desirable women who introduce her to a broad menu of sex, from masturbating in a hanging chair to being corrupted by an ancient lothario.
"Emmanuelle" has all the classic elements of erotica - voyeurism, sex with a stranger, sex on a plane, women on women, use of force, the notion of sexual innocence being liberated, the predatory older woman, the predatory older man.
There is a lot of nudity ... but tastefully done. The sex is soft-porn - it is very erotic, very amusing, very soft-focus, at times quite beautifully done ... despite the dated feel of the soundtrack. "Emmanuelle" presents sex as poetry, as adventure. It embodies a libertarian philosophy - only love can heal the world ... so let's have sex. It offers a valuable health lesson - a truly healthy human being is one enjoying frequent orgasms!
A film to be enjoyed on your own ... or with a partner ... or two. And nobody, but nobody, ever looked better in a baseball cap than Sylvia Kristel.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Emmauelle 30 years on, 27 Jun 2009
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Mr. John Mcnally (England) - See all my reviews
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The film was a little tame. Films such as "The Lover" have come along and lifted the erotic film to new heights. My interest in buying the film was the claim that it was the original, uncensored version. No subtitles, dubbed dialogue, I did not think that it was money well spent when the VHS tape I have (in French language and English sub-titles)is much more exciting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!!, 27 April 2013
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My advice would be not to buy anything when you are under the influence of alcohol but what the hell, it's an old classic!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sylvia never forgotten, 15 Feb 2013
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I watched this a long time ago and have just purchased it again and it brought back lots of memories. Whilst it won't be to most people's taste it seems very tame to what we see on the box these days. Enjoy
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