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Sunday, March 27, 2011

"Emanuelle in America" review

Emanuelle in America (1977)
Director: Joe D'Amato


Laura Gemser ... Emanuelle

Gabriele Tinti ... Alfredo Elvize, Duke of Mount Elba

Roger Browne ... The Senator



Emanuelle is a good reporter. There's nothing she won't do for a hot story. Speaking of hot, Laura Gemser is at her Black Emanuelle peak in this one. She gets naked countless times as she engages in one sex adventure after another. Emanuelle is our eyes and ears into the sordid sex underworld. She is the ultimate voyeur. She might not do everything but there isn't anything she won't watch. She watches horse masturbation, orgies, interracial action and some of the most vile snuff footage you will ever see.


I am not a big fan of director D'Amato. Most of the movies that I've seen of his were unbelievably amateurish and terrible. "Emanuelle in America" is one of the few exceptions to that rule. It's also one of those rare movies that actually lives up to its hype. It is a salacious, lecherous, nasty piece of work. I mean that in a good way.


A special salute must be given to the snuff footage section. It is literally violence as pornography. Every time we see the snuff footage, people are getting off watching it. Is the audience supposed to as well or are we supposed to be repulsed? I don't know the answer to that. My guess is that we're supposed to feel a little of both. Either that or D'Amato doesn't care how we feel as long as we pay for the sick thrills.


"Emanuelle in America" is one of the nastiest exploitation movies ever made. The snuff footage at the end showed D'Amato's true talent: Sleaze to please. And I mean SLEAZE! How pleased you get will say a lot about how sick you are. I was amazed.


SCORE: 3 out of 4 Emmanuelles

3 comments:

jervaise brooke hamster said...

I want to bugger Laura Gemser (in 1968 when the bird was 18, not as the bird is now obviously).

thevideovacuum said...

This is easily the best Emanuelle movie as well as my favorite D'Amato flick. Legend has it that David Cronenberg was so disturbed by this movie that he used it as his inspiration for Videodrome. And any movie that can freak out David Cronenberg is OK by me.

jervaise brooke hamster said...

Hey, "thevideovacuum", you forgot to say how much you want to bugger the 18 year-old version of Laura Gemser as well.