Director: Just Jaeckin Run Time: 115 min. Format: Digital Rating: NR Release Year: 1974 Language: French with English Subtitles
Starring: Alain Cuny, Daniel Sarky, Marika Green, Sylvia Kristel
Nitehawk Naughties goes on the trip of a lifetime to Bangkok with EMMANUELLE.
THE PORN: EMMANUELLE (Un film de Just Jaeckin)
This debut film by photographer Just Jaeckin, Emmanuelle explicitly details the sexual awakening of a young model (Sylvia Kristel) that unfolds when she travels to meet her French diplomat husband in Bangkok. With an intent to cure Emmanuelle (and presumably society too) of the predilection to associate sex with love, the film explores a very open relationship she has with her husband, Jean, and her new friend, Marie-Anne, as each introduces new lovers, both men and women, into the equation in increasingly intense measures. This soft-core porn is fairly faithful to the novel Emmanuelle on which it’s based and it rides the wave of the rise of hardcore pornography and erotic films like Last Tango in Paris that were popular amongst mainstream audiences in the early 1970s. It’s the spawn of numerous sequels but none seem to match the Je ne sais quoi of the original.