Cult Movies Podcast: Emmanuelle

I was excited to welcome writer Jeremy Richey on the show for episode 21 to discuss Just Jaeckin's Emmanuelle. Jeremy is the author of the upcoming book, Sylvia Kristel: From Emmanuelle to Chabrol. Jeremy is also the editor and publisher of the quarterly print journal Soledad. On this episode we open up with our discussion on Emmanuelle and talk about Jeremy's book followed by our pairing recommendations.

Often mischaracterized as softcore pornography, Emmanuelle is based on the 1967 French erotic novel of the same name by Emmanuelle Arsan. With a screenplay by Jean-Louis Richard and directed by Just Jaeckin, the film follows the title character played by Kristel in her first major role after she flies to Bangkok to meet her diplomat husband. While in her new setting Emmanuelle meets and subsequently falls in love with Bee (Marika Green), beginning a journey of sexual exploration that leads to places she never thought she'd go.

Excerpt from Danny Peary's Cult Movies:

Emmanuelle is certainly among the best soft-core sex films ever made, but since we are now speaking of the worst genre in existence, this is not necessarily a statement of praise. That Emmanuelle has continued to draw well long after its release, despite bad reviews and equally bad word of mouth, is one of the true mysteries of the cinema. My theory is that its cult is made up of people who use The Sensuous Woman as a reference book. Not the female readers, mind you, but the men. Exhibitors consider Emmanuelle popular with couples, but it is likely that only men see it more than once, returning each time with new dates who they hope will follow Emmanuelle's lead and, by choice, become sexual pawns for the rest of the evening. Fat chance.” 


Other films discussed on this episode:


Jeremy on Facebook

Sylvia Kristel: From Emmanuelle to Chabrol on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Jeremy's Amazon Author page

Jeremy on Supporting Characters

Moon in the Gutter

Fascination: The Jean Rollin Experience

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