Celebrating “Black Emanuelle’s” 72nd Birthday!
Today’s a special day for cult movie fans – it’s Cult Movie Queen Laura Gemser’s 72nd birthday!
There’s no better way to celebrate than with a look at the wild career of this Cult Movie Icon – including one “Shocktober” classic!
Laurette Marcia Gemser was born on October 5, 1950 in Java, but grew up in the Netherlands.
Gemser first gained attention for her modeling, and made her film debut as Janine in the obscure 1974 film “Free Love.”
However, it was Laura’s small, but memorable role as a masseuse in “Emanuelle II” in 1975 that really launched her career – and led to her own “Emanuelle” film!
She was the sexually adventurous globe-trotting photojournalist in the steamy “Black Emanuelle” series that frequently co-starred her real-life actor husband Gabriele Tinti.
Gemser starred in a number of “Emanuelle” films throughout the 70’s and into the 80’s, which were massive hits worldwide…
Other notable parts include charismatic cult leader the Divine One in the 1981 film “Love Camp”, as well as “And Give Us Our Daily Sex”:
She made dozens and dozens of films, like this action adventure “The Dirty Seven” – throughout the 80’s.
Gemser spends most of her films in various stages of undress – aside from Lina Romay, I’m not sure I’ve seen an Actress spend more time nude onscreen!
Since it’s “Shocktober 2022”, here’s the most shocking film I’ve ever seen her in:
While this poster slaps the film with an “R” rating, Mondo Macabro has released an uncut version that is almost TOO extreme!
Here’s the plot:
Hedonistic photojournalist Emanuelle goes undercover to expose the seedy lives of rich and powerful sex cultists and snuff film peddlers in America and Europe.
As you can see, the bad guys are on to her – and boy, are they bad!
Check out this wildly inappropriate trailer:
This film is almost a checklist of everything you can’t do in film today – this film has lots of sex – and almost too much violence!
Laura was certainly comfortable in her skin – and here’s what missing in today’s cinema: how often do you get time out in the middle of a thriller for a random orgy scene?
Bravo to the Mondo Macabro team for finding an uncut, absolutely brutal version of the film – there are parts that are tough to watch, trust me…and even better, this release had a documentary about Director D’Amato – truly one of the most perverse Directors of all time!
Again, there are moments in this film where I had to turn away – some of the graphic violence against women is certainly “of its time” and really shocking – but as a time capsule of Grindhouse cinema of this time, this film delivers.
Of course, I’ve shared other stories about Laura Gemser and her wild cult film career:
One of her best is from a classic sexploitation genre: women in prison!
“Violence In A Woman’s Prison” is a great exploitation classic – in one of the wildest genres there is…
Here’s a more in-depth look at her “women in prison” films – and the entire genre!
Gemser really put herself out there in a wide range of exploitation film – many which featured her nude for much of the film’s running time!
Outside of acting, Laura also worked on a handful of movies as a costume designer. Considering how often she was nude in her movies, that sounds like a punchline!
After almost twenty years in the business, Gemser retired from acting in the early 90’s and now lives in Italy…
Bravo to Gemser for a great career in cult film – of course, she was just one of the Actresses who took on the role of Emmanuelle:
Sylvia Kristel was the original, and you can see all of her most provocative work here:
Here’s another Actress who had a great run of exploitation films, including some with Laura:
This is Monica Zanchi coming out of the water with Gemser…click here to see the wild film they made together!
I’ve had a blast looking at some of the greatest cult stars of the 70’s and 80’s like Tiffany Bolling:
She made a lot of great cult classics as well – but regretted one of them – you can find out why by clicking on my story here:
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