Celebrating The Films Of Joelle Coeur!
When looking back at some of the great “Cult Movie Queens” of the 70’s, I stumble upon some I don’t know, even if I’ve seen them in films – and Actress Joelle Coeur is one of those!
The Mystery Of Joelle Coeur!
As I share some of her best films, I would have liked to have shared more about her as well…but I can’t find anything!
Who was she? We know that Joelle was a French-born Actress, but little else is known about her!
The IMDB website, usually so thorough, doesn’t even list a date or place of birth and has no other information listed besides her film career in the 70’s – but Joelle kept very busy in those eight years!
Joelle starred in a number of cult gems, many for famed French Director Jean Rollin – before the move into hardcore filmmaking drove her from the business – but not before posing for candid photos like this!
Rollin himself said it was the legalization of hardcore films that would cause Joëlle Coeur to retire – he said the new permissiveness held no interest for her and, as Rollin recalled in “Encores” – The “Demoniacs” booklet:
“She did right to have never taken the plunge.”
While she never ventured into hardcore films as Rollin did, she did show off plenty in the films she did make…
Joelle got her start in the provocatively titled “I Am Frigid…Why?” in 1972. Her co-star was Sandra Julien:
This provocative Actress also had a great run in film and magazines…see Sandra’s whole story here:
Coeur was in a number of very risqué films throughout the mid seventies, amassing twenty credits in just four years, in films like these:
Oh, if you don’t know that title, don’t worry – US distributors renamed it with something much easier to understand!
Yes, they chose a very provocative title for this 1973 shocker, about two female hitch-hikers who get mixed up with a gang of thieves and their stolen jewelry.
This is classic grindhouse/drive-in movie fare of that era…skirting an “X” rating when needed, offering much more when the circumstances allowed…Coeur began a run of magazine spreads like this as well:
Up next was one of her notorious starring roles for Jean Rollin – that’s the French poster, and here’s what they called it in the US:
This 1974 film is readily available on Dvd and blu-ray.
Coeur plays Valerie, a beautiful young girl who watches over her cousin’s place while he is away for six months. While a friend is over, members of a crazed sex cult break in and kidnap the friend by mistake!
Provocative stuff and she was a game performer!
In fact, although she never made a hardcore film, she came very close with this next Jean Rollin film, which I own and which is mesmerizing:
Joelle appeared in Rollin’s film about a gang of pirates who rape the two sole survivors of a ship wreck.
The violated girls are rescued by the strange inhabitants of a supposedly haunted island, where they are granted supernatural powers to strike revenge against the pirates.
Check out the wild trailer:
Joelle has a few scenes that are simply mesmerizing to watch
This film has been remastered and released for film buffs to enjoy – and guess what?
The copy of “The Demoniacs” I have include a couple of outtakes, including an extended lovemaking scene with Joelle and an Actor – and it’s “XX” rated stuff!
Talk about a great “extra!”
Rollin is known for many terrific cult films in the 70’s – more on that later….next up was this Coeur film:
“Seven Women For Satan!”
In this 1976 shocker, the descendant of the original Count Zaroff who leaves his Paris flat every weekend to hunt humans on his isolated estate.
Check out the trailer:
As you can see, the camera loved Joelle, and she was very comfortable baring all onscreen.
Her co-star was equally fearless in the movie – and also loved blue negligees:
Martine Azenco was one of the “Seven Women For Satan” and so much more!
See her wild career highlights here:
However, by the end of the decade the sexual content in French films was becoming more graphic, and Rollin says she wasn’t interested…
From there, Joelle’s film career dries up and she disappears…no mention of her anywhere!
As I said, she made several films with Director Jean Rollin, who said that Joelle dropped out of the business because she didn’t wand to do hardcore films, which Rollin made as well…hopefully she had a happy post movie life, because she left us with some wild wild cut films to savor!
Rollin also made films with this Adult Star:
Brigitte Lahaie was a hardcore Actress who appeared in some of Rollin’s best films, like this one:
She has had a great career which is still going! Read all about her revealing work by clicking on my story here:
Lahaie isn’t the only actress to move from soft to hardcore films around that time:
Sharon Kelly was in a number of great cult films before performing in hardcore films as Colleen Brennan – see her story here:
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So many of those sexy starlets disappeared ‘without trace’, I am reminded of all the rumours abounding about ‘Snuff’ films at the time.
Best wishes, Pete.
Ah yes, the good old days when women still had big beautiful bushes! I don’t recall if i have seen Joelle before or not. I don’t see how I could have forgotten her! I would love to see some of her movies.
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