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Emmanuelle II (1975)

Emmanuelle: L'antivierge (original title)
NC-17 | | Drama, Romance | 15 December 1975 (USA)
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After two-month of separation, Emmanuelle must find her husband, Jean in Hong-Kong. She goes there by boat. Once in Thailand, she finds her husband and meets Christopher, a mysterious ... See full summary »

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Francis Giacobetti

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Bob Elia (scenario), Bob Elia (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvia Kristel ... Emmanuelle
Umberto Orsini ... Jean
Frédéric Lagache Frédéric Lagache ... Christopher
Catherine Rivet Catherine Rivet ... Anna-Maria
Henri Czarniak Henri Czarniak ... Igor (as Henry Czarniak)
Tom Clark Tom Clark ... Peter
Marion Womble Marion Womble
Florence Lafuma Florence Lafuma ... Laura
Claire Richard Claire Richard ... Wong
Laura Gemser ... Masseuse
Jacqueline May Line Jacqueline May Line
Eva Hamel Eva Hamel ... Masseuse
Christiane Gibeline Christiane Gibeline ... Masseuse
Jean-Pierre Nam Jean-Pierre Nam
Marcel Lan Phuong Marcel Lan Phuong
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Storyline

After two-month of separation, Emmanuelle must find her husband, Jean in Hong-Kong. She goes there by boat. Once in Thailand, she finds her husband and meets Christopher, a mysterious airplane pilot. At a dinner, she also meets Laura, Jean's mistress and her troubling stepdaughter Anna Maria. She proceeds to have several extramarital affairs -- with Jean's knowledge, of course.

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In love it is better to give and to receive. I'm Emmanuelle - I can show you how to do both. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

NC-17 | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 December 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Emmanuelle II See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Just Jaeckin was asked to direct this film, but turned said offer down. See more »

Quotes

Anna-Maria: I like Emmanuelle very much... but there are things about you two I can't bring myself to accept. You play around with love.
Jean: If you mean to - to accuse us of sleeping with whomever we want - yes, we play around.
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Jean: No, there's no danger in going to bed with someone, but falling in love with them - that can be dangerous. Let me tell you a secret - I don't love Laura, I love Emmanuelle.
Anna-Maria: Supposing one day you happen to fall in love?
Jean: I'll admit, there's that risk, but... I happen...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 30 secs by the BBFC. The cuts were fully restored in the 2001 Momentum release. See more »

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Soundtracks

L'Amour d'Aimer
Music by Francis Lai
Lyrics by Catherine Desage, Francis Lai and Léo Carrier
Sung by Sylvia Kristel
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Soft-core Nostalgia
24 June 2006 | by eht5ySee all my reviews

I was first introduced to this and other 'Emmanuelle' films in the early days of Cinemax (or 'Skin-emax', as we used to call it) and other pay-cable channels that started featuring soft-core porn after midnight on the weekends. In the early 80s--when the government was cracking down on pornography and the market for direct-to-video softcore porn had yet to be plumbed--cable outlets like Cinemax had few options for 'dirty movies' that didn't cross the hardcore threshold other than the small brace of adult films passing themselves off as 'European art-house' cinema to American audiences during the mid-to-late 70s. Other examples include Lady Chatterley's Lover (also starring Kristel, in an adaptation that would surely have humiliated poor D. H. Lawrence), Felicity, and Melody in Love, but the Emmannuelle franchise opened the proverbial floodgates (the title character in 'Felicity'--another story about a young woman on an adventure of sexual self-discovery in the far east--is seen reading the novel on which 'Emmannuelle' is based while traveling by plane to Bangcok).

As has been amply examined, the 'Emmannuelle' films are burdened with ponderous, annoying pretentiousness, and the audience must sit through way too much boring down-time between sex scenes that tend to tease more than satisfy. In this sense, 'Emmanuelle 2' and its ilk aren't bad for 'getting in the mood,' but compared to even the soft-core porn of today, these films are quaint. But they are fascinating as period pieces, and they are very sensual and erotic when compared to the rather mechanical and listless banging together of surgically enhanced bodies that dominates the adult film market today. Sylvia Kristel is no actress (apparently, she was so bad that her dialogue was overdubbed by another actress in the first 'Emmannuelle' film), and she is not the most beautiful woman ever to get naked in front of a camera, but this is part of her appeal: she has the face and body of a real woman, and she seems genuinely turned on (in that vaguely-detached, dreamy European way) by what she's doing.

But what a nostalgia trip! Sylvia Kristel introduced so many horny young boys with pay cable to the joys of sex in foreign locales and strange places. The concept of two women making love to each other was completely unknown to me before I met Emmanuelle! I can't help but laugh thinking back to how much of my sexual education I owe to the Emmanuelle films and the other naughty Euro-trash skin-flicks Cinemax kept in heavy rotation throughout the 80s. Mom and Dad were way too uptight and repressed to fill me in--thank goodness cable television was there to explain everything.


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