|Directed by Walerian Borowczyk|
and Steve Barnett
Review: To say the Emmanuelle pump was running dry by this point would certainly be truth in advertising. Emmanuelle 5 exists in three equally demented, disjointed cuts. There is the original French hardcore snoozefest, the slightly more coherent "international" cut and the horrendous, arduous experience that was released Stateside. Having seen all three versions, a dubious honor to be sure, I must admit that while the US version is the most inept - it is, at least, the most entertaining...albeit for all the wrong reasons.
Monique Gabrielle is certainly beautiful - her natural, all-American body is absolutely exquisite.
|Borowczyk was here.|
While the international version was, at best, interesting to look at, the Roger Corman-sponsored US release dispenses with any attempt at artful erotica. Emmanuelle the sexual libertine becomes Emmanuelle the gun-toting freedom fighter, parading her perky bosom through the jungles (wait, jungles?) of a nameless Middle Eastern hellhole. Upon escaping from the harem, Emmanuelle hurls grenades and mows down soldiers like a blonde mid-80's Pam Grier wannabe. What's wrong with this picture? Where's Jean, her lovable Lothario of a husband when you need him?
|$20 says she's firing her agent for|
getting her mixed up in this!
The film is readily available on DVD. It should be noted that the US cut was assembled on video, no film print exists, nor is there a widescreen version. I'm sure we're not missing a damn thing. -Johnny Stanwyck