Farewell, Emmanuelle

Photo of Sylvia Kristel used to promote the 19...

Sylvia Kristel, sexy star of the 1974 film Emmanuelle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Like many young men who grew up in the 1980s, I sometimes found myself up late at night, struggling to be quiet as I surfed the pay television channels for gratuitous nudity and adult situations.

Films like “Porky’s” and “Revenge of the Nerds” were fine, but required you to sit through cheesy B-movie plot lines just to catch a glimpse of a naked woman. Fortunately, there were more exotic and risqué movies to be found, among them the 1970s erotic feature “Emmanuelle” starring the lovely Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel.

“Emmanuelle” followed a man and his beautiful wife as they embarked on sexual adventures in Thailand. And for a young, impressionable boy like me, the film became legendary for showing more skin than all the American teen sex films combined. Sure, there was still a ridiculous plot to follow, but the naughty scenes came faster and with greater volume.

The fact that I remember the film three decades later attests to its status as skin flick extraordinaire.

Sylvia Kristel just died from cancer at the untimely age of 60, but her kinky sex-capades will live on to be enjoyed by endless teenage boys to come. Even internet porn cannot compare to Emmanuelle’s place in erotic movie history.

Posted on October 22, 2012, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. This post was raunchy, heartbreaking, and full of nostalgia. Well Done!

  2. Emmanuelle, uff… unforgettable, unforgotten.

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