Looking For Some Classic Euro-Sleaze?
This poster would’ve gotten my attention in 1975, and now, thanks to the great folks at Severin Films, I got the chance to experience this euro-sleaze classic at home!
“Emanuelle And Franchoise” is the 1975 shocker that Severin Films recently released in a terrific remastered blu-ray. As a lover of cult film, I’ve enjoyed discovering many classic films that are being re-released now, and this one was a terrific find.
Cult Movie Queen Rosemarie Lindt stars – and she had a terrific career in the 70’s!
Here’s a “two-fer” trailer from Severin – it includes a sneak peek at “E & F”, but also has clips from another film they released as well:
Here’s the plot:
Rosemarie Lindt, of “Salon Kitty” notoriety, stars as Emanuelle — a woman out for revenge against the man who betrayed her sister.
You see, George Eastman isn’t a very nice boyfriend at all, so Emanuelle’s revenge is deliciously evil: this film pulls out all the stops of depravity: torture, cannibalism, orgies, and meat cleavers too!
The look and feel of the movie is pure ’70s “Eurosleaze” — with Eastern European exteriors that have a layer of grit, and interiors that look like a rundown hotel in Prague. And that’s a compliment!
The atmosphere adds to the sense of dread that star George Eastman feels as his fling with Emanuelle quickly turns into something more sinister – and he discovers her plot against him – but not before a lot of sex!
What impressed me most about the film is director D’Amato’s willingness to try anything: some of the scenes are outrageous, yet he plays them straight, so we are as surprised as Eastman is when a lot of naked women appear.
There are times in the film when the viewer isn’t sure what’s real and what’s an illusion – like the orgy scene!
That factors into the plot, as Eastman’s hold on reality becomes more and more tenuous as Emanuelle tightens the screws…literally!
The Severin blu-ray release is terrific – look at some of the extras offered:
I have a healthy collection of ’70s grindhouse fare, but very little of D’Amato’s work. Eastman and D’Amato worked on other films as well. Based on what was on display here, I will be diving into the deep end of his cinematic pool again!
I bought this film in 2019, and had a blast with it – the extras are a terrific way to get a better appreciation of it!
While the lead character in the film is named Emanuelle, it wasn’t THAT “Emanuelle” – although legendary Eurosleaze director Joe D’Amato would make an EMANUELLE film the following year with Laura Gemser.
I took an in-depth look at this classic as well, and you can see the trailer and lots of revealing pics by clicking on my story here:
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