Friday, January 4, 2019

Erotic Journeys: Em(m)anuelle & Just Jaeckin January 25-February 6 at the Quad

On the occasion of the 2K restoration of Just Jaeckin's 1974 softcore classic Emmanuelle, the Quad spotlights Jaeckin's best works alongside five steamy Em(m)anuelle spinoffs


Opens Friday January 25—U.S. premiere of 2K restoration
Just Jaeckin, 1974, France, 95m, DCP
Thai-born Emmanuelle Arsan (who appeared in The Sand Pebbles) was identified as the writer of the scandalous 1959 novel Emmanuelle, but her husband Louis-Jacques Rollet-Andriane was later alleged to be the author. Carnally incarnating the character onscreen, Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel was catapulted to international fame; Emmanuelle’s marriage to diplomat Daniel Sarky is rocked by sexual explorations—some startling—with and via older man Alain Cuny. Jaeckin’s movie was a phenomenon in France, an X-rated hit in America, and banned in some countries; the “Emmanuelle” brand extended to wicker chairs after one racy scene in particular, and led to an avalanche of official and unauthorized sequels over the next several years. A Kino Lorber Repertory release

"Like a softcore version of The Story of O commissioned by Vogue Magazine."
—Chris Petit, Time Out

As a portal opened for crossover between mainstream cinema and adult entertainment in the 1970s, French director Just Jaeckin was, with one movie, able to restore a Continental influence on the cinematic depiction of female sexuality; his debut feature, Emmanuelle, established a one-word universal language for adventuresome erotica. Jaeckin had trained as a photographer and was also an artist, architect, and sculptor. The success of Emmanuelle—released in the U.S. by no less than major studio Columbia Pictures—pivoted Jaeckin into a decade-long run as a softcore auteur, after which he strolled away from the industry to pursue art and life. Meanwhile, the floodgates opened for various Emmanuelle sequels and extemporizations—some legitimate and some not, with a deliberately dropped consonant creating a copyright loophole for the rival Emanuelle series to trade on the name and reputation. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the novel that gave the world Emmanuelle, the Quad brings together movies weaving in and out of the series canon(s) as well as films made by Jaeckin that showcase his own post-Emmanuelle aesthetic evolution. While Emmanuelle and Jaeckin’s paths didn’t cross again, they are forever coupled in movie history.
Beyond Emmanuelle: Just Jaeckin

February 1-6
Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Just Jaeckin, 1981, UK/France/West Germany/U.S., 105m, 35mm

The Last Romantic Lover
Just Jaeckin, 1978, Spain/France, 104m, Betacam

Madame Claude (aka The French Woman)
Just Jaeckin, 1977, France, 105m, DCP

Private Collections*
Walerian Borowczyk/Just Jaeckin/Shūji Terayama, 1979, Fr/Japan, 103m, 35mm

The Story of O
Just Jaeckin, 1975, France/West Germany/Canada, 97m, DCP

*Presented in collaboration with Federal Express, who delivered this print a full three months after it was originally scheduled in our Omnibus series.

Erotic Journeys: The Many Faces of Em(m)anuelle

February 1-6
Black Emanuelle
Bitto Albertini, 1975, Italy/Spain, 91m, 35mm

Emmanuelle II
Francis Giacobetti, 1975, France, 83m, DCP

Emanuelle’s Daughter
Ilias Mylonakos, 1980, Greece/Cyprus, 91m, 35mm

Emanuelle in Prison (aka Women’s Prison Massacre)
Bruno Mattei, 1983, Italy/France, 89m, 35mm

Goodbye Emmanuelle (aka Emmanuelle 3)
François Leterrier, 1977, France, 100m, DCP

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