million Frenchmen in 14 weeks, In the first 14 weeks after its release, over 2½ million Frenchmen (and women) stood in long lines to see Emmanuelle.
Today, it is the most popular film in France. Eclipsing even 'The Sting" in a matter of months. It is today the biggest film in French cinema history.
What's the most sensual part of your body?
The answer is not your calf, your breasts, your thigh, the nape of your neck, or even your genitalia. The most sensual part of your body is your mind. And that's the key to Emmanuelle.
Where there is beauty there is no shame.
While the film may shock some, Emmanuelle is far more sensual, much more erotic than it is obvious.
The photography is lush. Sometimes vivid and shocking. sometimes soft and innocent, always brilliant. The look is not what peop'e have come to expect in an X-rated film.
Nor are the stars.
Sylvia Kristel is innocent, charming, untouched. And certainly the most beautiful thing to come out of Europe in years. Alain Cuny, her mentor, is one of the most celebrated Shakespearian actors in France.
The physical beauty of the cast is worth the price of admission alone. The film has been called 'a sexual Vogue."
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The intelligence of the story, and the elegance with which it is handled result in a film that doesn't make you fidget in the explicit scenes, or slink down into your seat.
And after the film is over you don't find yourself making a hasty departure while scrupulously avoiding eye contact.
Emmanuelle is sensual, but she's elegant ... she's fantasy, but she's fun, but most important she leaves you with a singular lack of guilt.
This extraordinary film has the ability to allow all of us to look unflinchingly into the face of pure sensuality for perhaps the first time. And this is the clue to its overwhelming popularity and success.
It's the first film of its kind that lets you feel good without feeling bad.