Jess Franco's take on the classic Emmanuelle series is this slow paced and completely unerotic film. Severin Films USA R0 DVD.
in Southern Spain, Emmaneulle and her husband are back together after
her years of lusty debauchery. They are enjoying life together when she
comes under the attention of the local Marqués, known as Tony.
After an embarrassing incident in Tony's bar, when Emmanuelle strips off
on stage to fornicate with a female stripper, her husband leaves her,
and Emmanuelle runs off with a lesbian woman named Carmen. Although she
tries to get back together with her husband, she cannot convince him to
take her back and he starts to sleep with the stripper Maria...
One of Franco's often overlooked Golden Films productions of the 1980s, The Inconfessable Orgies of Emmanuelle
plays out very much like a sequel to the famous French series (although
Franco himself states that the title was only added at the last moment,
and the film was not conceived as an Emmanuelle sequel). Hit and
miss at the best of times, Franco here is definitely at a miss; while a
film like the contemporary Macumba Sexual (1983) proved that Franco did not need a coherent plot to make a good film, The Inconfessable Orgies
is simply a mess, with endless sex scenes and almost no dialogue or
characterisation to add a story. In true Emmanuelle style there is a
gratuitous rape scene, but overall this film really does not live up to
its title and pales in comparison to the sleazy nature of the
Black Emanuelle films of the 1970s.
per the script, the direction is nothing impressive - with the
exception of a nicely shot scene in a wax works towards the beginning,
the sex scenes are endlessly slow and lack any eroticism at all - the
nightclub act, usually a highlight of a Franco films, is a complete
bore and seems to feature the world's most inanimate stripper. Franco
regular Antonio Mayans is the only real name in the cast, and like most
of the actors seems very limited by the material.
Jess Franco is infamous for producing some of the worst (and equally some of the best) Euro-cult productions, and The Inconfessable Orgies of Emmanuelle
would probably come somewhere towards the bottom. Completely lacking
the sleaze promised by the title, with a feeble attempt at a storyline,
and completely lacking in eroticism, there is nothing but the
director's name to recommend this film.
famous in it?
Antonio Mayans - star of over 40 of Jess Franco's later productions.
Directed by anyone
Jess Franco - one of the biggest names in Euro-cult cinema, boasting over 180 film credits.
Any violence or gore?
nude scenes, a brief male nude scene, and lots of sex.
Who is it for?
Not recommended at all.
Aspect Ratio - 2.35:1 widescreen. Anamorphically enhanced. Colour.
The print is very strong, with almost no print damage, and very good colours. Only a mild layer of grain.
Spanish and English mono audio. The
Spanish track is very clear and strong throughout, the English track is
obviously from a lower quality source with some buzzing throughout - it
also has a different and lesser soundtrack.
English subtitles for the Spanish audio. Some minor spelling errors crop up, otherwise fine.
The disc includes:
The Inconfessable Orgies of Jess
- Well edited and very interesting interview with Franco, smoking as
usual! He discusses the film's origins and production. Franco speaks
accented English, optional subtitles are provided. (16m)
(ALL) - NTSC
The film is
believed to be completely uncut. Spanish language print.
dishwater, and about as erotic as well, this film certainly ranks as
one of Franco's lesser works and is not recommendable.
film looks and sounds great (the English track less so, but it is
interesting to have it included) the interview feature is informative
and well made. A solid and probably unbeatable release.