Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 18th, 2007
Theatrical Release Dates: Spain, 1982
Director: Jess Franco
Cast: Victoria Adams, Ina Balin, Carmen Carrion, Antonio Mayans, Robert Foster, Antonio Rebollo, Flavia Hervás, Angel Ordiales, Al Pereira, Juan Soler
DVD released: April 24, 2007.
Approximate running time: 86 minutes
Aspect ratio: Anamorphic 2.35:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Spanish
DVD Release: Severin Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
Synopsis: Emmanuelle while on vacation with her husband she is seduce by a stripper in public which unleashes her hidden sexual desires. Emmanuelle tries to patch things up with her estranged husband who refuses to forgive her. Will Emmanuelle win back the man she loves or will she continue on her path of sexual discovery?
Once again we have a Jess Franco adaptation that is nothing more then just in name only as he creates his own scenario around the Emmanuelle character. In fact according to Franco the lead character was never going to be named Emmanuelle until the producer of the film insisted upon it. The lead character as seen in the film and directed by Franco does bear many similarities to the character of Emmanuelle most notably how she approaches and indulges sex so freely.
Jess Franco’s direction is really good and what he is able to achieve on a shoe string budget and limited time is nothing short of amazing. Through a juxtaposition of shots locations and what is going on in the film are given more credence then they would have in lesser hands. One scene that benefits greatly from this juxtaposition of shots is the scene where Emmanuelle who is on her way to reconcile with her estranged husband is raped by two men on a remote beach. This is by far and away the films most brutal moment and the Franco frames the scene gives it a deeper more resonate meaning.
The plot is pretty straight forward and most of the film is made of through the films various sex scenes. These scenes are all really well done and some are really inventive like the films opening erotic scene where Emmanuelle and her husband have sex in a wax museum of famous movie personalities. The films most pivotal scene involves Emmanuelle and a stripper having sex on stage in front of many by standers. Franco does a solid job with all the erotica moments at they never look or feel vulgar and in many ways this is one of his more normal erotica films that stays closer to the soft-core and never ventures like so many of his films into the hardcore elements of erotica.
The cast for this film are all very good with the stand out performance being the films lead Muriel Montossé under the name of Vicky Adams. It is her performance and beauty that ultimately make this film work. Other notable performances are Carmen Carrión as a lesbian seductress and frequent Jess Franco collaborator Antonio Mayans under the name Robert Foster. Once again Franco teams up with Daniel White under the name Pablo Villa for the films score and end result is seductive. Ultimately The Inconfessable Orgies of Emmanuelle may not be classic Franco, still it is minor erotic classic that his hardcore fans will surely appreciate.
Severin Films presents The Inconfessable Orgies of Emmanuelle in an anamorphic widescreen which retains the films original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Colors are robust and flesh tones look healthy. Details look razor sharp in the background and foreground. There are no problems with artifacts, compression or edge enhancement. Overall outside of some very minor imperfections this transfer looks really good and is on par with Severin’s other Franco releases.
This release comes with two audio options the films native Spanish language and an English language track. Both audio mixes are presented in a Dolby Digital mono. The Spanish audio mix sounds better of the two with the English audio mix suffering from some audio distortion and other minor audio defects. Removable English sub titles have been included that are easy to follow and free of any typos.
Extras for this release are limited to a seventeen minute featurette titled “The Inconfessable Orgies of Jess”. During this interview Jess Franco discusses the origins of this film, working with the cast, his dislike of filmmaker Just Jacekin and Sylvia Kristel. Overall this is another exceptional interview with Jess Franco who speaks his mind freely.
Severin adds The Inconfessable Orgies of Emmanuelle a rarely seen Jess Franco film to their ever growing collection of the directors’ films. There release gives fans the chance to see the film for the first time on DVD uncut and in its original aspect ratio. Severin’s The Inconfessable Orgies of Emmanuelle DVD release is another first rate effort that is sure to please all Franco fans, highly recommended.