Emmanuelle (North American edit)

Synopsis: In Bangkok, Emmanuelle (Sylvia Kristel), the young wife of a French diplomat, enters the world of sensuality and sexual passion. Guided by the mature Mario (Alain Cuny), and with the complicity of her husband (Daniel Sarky), she discovers the delights of eroticism and lets herself slide into pleasure.

Based on the controversial book by Emmanuelle Arsan, Emmanuelle remains a ground-breaking picture: the first openly erotic film meant for the general public. The movie’s evocative cinematography which captures the beauty of Thailand and uses it very effectively to support other erotic images, helped this film cause something of a cinematic revolution.

For the next week or so, I’m going to watch movies with a prurient bent (now, now… it’s as legitimate a theme as any!).

Since most of these are hardly strong on story, acting or production, I will keep my commentary to a minimum and simply grade them on a few general factors: Story, Acting, Production, Sexiness, Nudity and Explicitness.

While I will use my traditional rating for the film itself, these categories will be rated differently – with 5.0 being an average/middle-of-the-road rating. Snicker, snicker… there are going to be documentaries along the way, so we’ll see how that goes.

Emmanuelle (North American edit) 5.5

I figured that I might as well get started with THE classic, and gauge the others based on this one. It would be nice to see the original French version, though, so as to have a proper impression of it…

Story 3.5
Acting 5.0
Production 5.0

Sexiness 6.0
Nudity 7.0
Explicitness 5.0

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