The Daughter of Emanuelle (1975)

A slutty young French model “Pussy”(Sarah Crespi) meets an “older” American businessman while in Greece and they have a steamy sexual affair. The man has amnesia and doesn’t remember anything before 1955, but we the audience know from the ridiculous black-and-white prologue that during WWII he had an affair with a young French woman named (at least in the English-dubbed version) “Emanuelle”, who he abandoned at the altar. Well, as it turns out that “Emanuelle” (Mascha Magall) also happens to be “Pussy’s” mother. And if the implications of this are not warped enough, “Pussy” becomes pregnant before her mother and her new boyfriend meet and the truth(?) is revealed.

This movie shouldn’t be confused with the later Laura Gemser vehicle “Emanuelle, Queen of Sados”, which was also called “Emanuelle’s Daughter” and like this film was also partly set in Greece. This isn’t QUITE as sleazy as that one, but it is still pretty sleazy in its own way. The plot here is pretty preposterous as the three leads were probably no more than five years apart in age in real life and are not remotely believable as parent(s) and child. (Nor if you do the math would any of these people have probably even been alive during WWII as this is supposedly set in the mid 1970s). Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your point of view, this absurdity tends to mitigate the potential sleaziness and this is ultimately just a generic sex film, which amply displays the naked charms of the female cast (especially Crespi), but otherwise is pretty uninteresting.

But speaking of sleaze, the international producer of this, Dick Randall, would go on to give the word such grimy classics as “Pieces”, “Don’t Open Til Christmas”, and “Slaughter High”, and the two female leads would both appear in various tasteless Nazi sexploitation flicks. (Crespi, however, did also appear as a prostitute/murder victim in the superior giallo “Plot of Fear”). Aside from the English title, this has nothing to do with either the French “Emmanuelle” series of Just Jaeckin and Sylvia Kristel or the famous Italian rip-off “Emanuelle” series of Joe D’Amato and Laura Gemser. I would recommend it only to die-hard “Emmanuelle”/”Emanuelle” completists (a group to which I unfortunately belong).