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The 'Carry On' team send up the popular '70s softcore 'Emmanuelle' films in this movie. The young wife of the French Ambassador is irresistible to men. Suzanne Danielle, Kenneth Williams and Joan Sims star.
Made in 1978, Carry On Emmannuelle was really the last gasp of the most fondly regarded series of British comedy films. In most respects, it hardly does justice to the many truly funny and brilliantly played previous scripts. But it does feature a curiously vulnerable, even touching, performance from Kenneth Williams as a French diplomat with a wife of insatiable physical appetites. In theory, of course, it aims to be a pastiche of the hugely popular Emmanuelle, which had marked the transition of soft-core erotic cinema into the art house. But it's too crudely scripted and lacking in the belly laugh-inducing innuendo of the best Carry On films to succeed on that level.
"Are you hungry, Loins?" Emmannuelle asks the chauffeur. "I think I could manage a little nibble," he replies. You get the idea. In the title role, Suzanne Danielle, who would go on to be the best of the Princess Diana impersonators, isn't a good enough comic actress to raise such lines above the ordinary. And the few stalwarts who returned for this outing--Joan Sims, Kenneth Connor and Peter Butterworth--just about emerge with their dignity intact. This was a Carry On too far. But fans will want it for their collection because it shows Kenneth Williams at his most professionally committed--his diaries reveal his real thoughts on the matter--and to remind themselves of the high quality of so much of the work which had gone before. --Piers FordSee all Product description
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Oh yeah, there's also a movie included on this DVD called "Carry on Emmannuelle". Don't bother watching that. It's not funny and if you thought it would include a lot of nudity, you're wrong.
But the documentary is really nice. Made it worth the money.
This particular offering features some great actors from previous funny, comic episodes. Finally they appeared in this ~ neither funny, 'now't nor summat' ~ embarrassment. Indeed, I can only assume that they were either strapped for cash, or else had nothing else better to do ~ or both!
A truly awful crock of tish that should be confined to the nether regions of cess pit film history!
A horrible sad end to a British institution and not even worth one star!
Suzanne Danielle stars as the eponymous nymphomaniac wife of Kenneth Williams’s French Ambassador, Emile Prevert. Her promiscuous sexual activity is followed with interest by the elderly household staff, comprised of a handful of stalwarts. However, the ambassador is more interested in his unlikely new hobby – bodybuilding.
One of the more successful sequences is a series of flashbacks to the most unusual amorous experiences of each household staff member. Peter Butterworth obliges with the requisite drag performance while Joan Sims is truly hilarious in a scene of suburban seduction set in a laundrette. Joan’s shrieking and infectious laughter helps to smooth over some of the film’s more awkward moments.
The widescreen image presented by this DVD is bright and clear with very few signs of print deterioration. In fact, the film is beautifully lit and photographed. However, the soundtrack fluctuates at random from loudly distorted to nearly inaudible – a problem which Carlton seems to have been unable to rectify. The animated main menu is extremely well executed in this instance and there is a welcome set of extra features, including the 1998 documentary ‘What’s A Carry On’. The documentary was made to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the film series and is an affectionate collection of clips and interviews. Other extra features include a collector’s booklet, surprisingly good theatrical trailer and innocuous commentary by two surviving cast members and Carry On historian Robert Ross.
There is no escaping the fact that this is not a good film by anybody’s standards but it is a vast improvement on 1976’s ‘Carry On England’. This is a curiosity piece in which the spirited performances of Suzanne Danielle, Kenneth Williams and Joan Sims somehow help to make a rather embarrassing outing quite engaging nonetheless.
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