The Inconfessable Orgies of Emmanuelle (1982)

Jess Franco's take on the classic Emmanuelle series is this slow paced and completely unerotic film. Severin Films USA R0 DVD.

The Film

Somewhere 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.

As 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.

In Brief

Anyone famous in it? Antonio Mayans - star of over 40 of Jess Franco's later productions.
Directed by anyone interesting? Jess Franco - one of the biggest names in Euro-cult cinema, boasting over 180 film credits.
Any violence or gore? None.
Any sex? Various female nude scenes, a brief male nude scene, and lots of sex.
Who is it for?
Not recommended at all.


Visuals Original 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.
Audio 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.
Subtitles English subtitles for the Spanish audio. Some minor spelling errors crop up, otherwise fine.
Extras 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)
Region Region 0 (ALL) - NTSC
Other regions? None known.
Cuts? The film is believed to be completely uncut. Spanish language print.



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All text in this review written by Timothy Young - 25th April 2007.
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