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“Emmanuelle” showed female sexual pleasure

Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel was born as an erotic myth 50 years ago

Already the bikini, the miniskirt, the birth control pill and the hippie movement that supported free love, among other factors, had strengthened the idea of ​​“female liberation”, with the purpose of placing women in their own place within the society that expanded its vision in the 70s.

Prejudices, however, continued to be rooted in a significant percentage of the world's population. A lady worth her salt was forbidden to talk about sex. It was an exclusive area of ​​“the women of the bad life.” Taboo was in good health.

In this context with obscurantist overtones, on June 26, 1974, a French film hit the billboard to shock the public: “Emmanuelle.”

First he did it in Paris and then in other cities around the globe, where democratic systems promoted freedom, since totalitarian regimes, simply and simply, prohibited its exhibition, as happened in the Spain of the dictator Francisco Franco.

The feature film, based on the novel of the same name by the Eurasian writer Emmanuelle Arsan, published in 1959, caused a stir by showing the protagonist in a constant exploration of her sexuality. The scene in which she inserts a cigarette into her vagina caused all kinds of blushes and comments, becoming a milestone of eroticism on the big screen.

The same thing happened with the Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, who became a symbol of international admiration and an enduring myth of the film genre.

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“Sodom and Gomorrah” (1962) by Robert Aldrich, “Beauty by Day” (1967) by Luis Buñuel, “Last Tango in Paris” (1972) by Bernardo Bertolucci and “Porter by Night” (1974) by Liliana Cavani, They are some of the films that made history, by discarding prejudices to address the topic of sex. Then came “Emmanuelle.”

The film produced by Orphée and distributed by Columbia Pictures had a budget of $500.000, multiplied by a box office that exceeded 300 million viewers around the world. The script was developed by the author of the novel together with Jean-Louis

Richard. And, alongside Sylvia Kristel, they performed: Alain Cuny, Marika Green, Daniel Sarky, Jeanne Colletin and Christie Boisson.

The leading character became a gold mine that was exploited in seven more films and in different productions for French television. In 1993, at least six small screen titles featured the stellar participation of Marcela Walerstein, remembered for wearing the Miss Apure 1989 sash. The young woman shared credits with Kristel herself, although criticism blasted that stage.


Sylvia María Kristel was born on September 28, 1952, in Utrecht, Netherlands. From the age of 22, she lived with the label of erotic actress that will accompany her forever. After the success of “Emmanuelle”, she was required for uninhibited characters as in “Lady Chatterley's Lover” and “Mata Hari”.

In 2006, she published the autobiography “Nue” (“Naked”), in which she talked about her addiction to cocaine and alcohol, as well as her toxic relationships. She revealed romances with Gerard Depardieu, Roger Vadim and Warren Beatty.

He died on October 17, 2012, at his residence in The Hague, from throat, esophageal and lung cancer. She was survived by her sister Marianne and her only son Arthur Claus.


  1. They forgot about one of the most iconic films of this genre “THE EMPIRE OF THE SENSES”

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