Emmanuelle is the film that started it all, an adult movie so successful that it spawned an entire series. Yet where the quality of it's sequels would prove to be mediocre at best, the original remains an erotic masterpiece, thanks in large part to the efforts of two individuals: Sylvia Kristel and Richard Suzuki.
A strikingly beautiful woman, Kristel exudes, in equal parts, sex appeal and innocence as Emmanuelle, a woman who, despite a supposed lack of "experience", successfully seduces members of both sexes. Another "beautiful" aspect of Emmanuelle is the cinematography of Richard Suzuki, whose camera uncovers all the exotic splendor of the film's Thailand setting (in one particular sequence, where Emmanuelle spends a romantic afternoon with Bee (Marika Green), an archaeologist she seduced at a party, the location shots are especially breathtaking).
A soft-core classic, Emmanuelle remains just as stimulating today as it was in 1974.
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