Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Emanuelle in America (Part 1, 1977)

Character Name: Emanuelle Rogers
Actress: Laura Gemser
Actual Movie Title: Emanuelle in America
Known Aliases: "Brutal Nights," "Black Emanuelle en Amérique"
Country of Origin: Italy
Character Nationality: U.S.A.
Occupation: Photographer (news, nudes)
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Married: No.
Locales: New York City, Venice, Washington D.C., Caribbean
Release Date: January 5, 1977 (Italy)
Director: Joe D'Amato
DVD: Emanuelle In America (1976)
Stats: Third Black Emanuelle, 2nd with Laura Gemser

Story: In a montage, Emanuelle rode the Roosevelt Island sky tram, walked the streets of Manhattan, bought a newspaper (her own?,) drove across a city bridge, and was solicited by an umbrella hat salesman. She did this all in a white suit, by the way. The montage was intercut with scenes from her destination: a photo shoot involving three female nude models, a dandy dressed male named Howie, and a motorcycle. Howie was first to exit as the girls dressed, while Emanuelle complimented Janet (Stefania Nocilli) on her weight loss. Janet complained to Emanuelle that her new intellectual boyfriend Tony (Giulio Bianchi) refused her sex. Emanuelle assured Janet that she had the right equipment to change his mind, then departed from the artistically sexed-up studio.

Driving off in her blue sedan, Emanuelle has a gun put to her head by a man in the back seat. She at first assumes this to be a robbery, and tries to hand over her money. When refused, Emanuelle offers her car, but the man declares he wants only to strangle her. Emanuelle pulls over onto a side street, unsure why she's been targeted, as her assailant hops into the passenger seat. The man begins preaching about the loss of values and ideals in the streets. "By killing you, I'll give the world a lesson in morality." Emanuelle deduces that this is Tony, who blames Emanuelle for damning his angelic Janet with her nude photography. "You are evil! You stimulate the basest, most inhuman instincts in people! Sex! Shame! Hell and damnation!" Emanuelle begins to seduce Tony, explaining that an executioner should know his victim, as well as guilting him with her friendship to Janet. Tony admits that he's a virgin who was scarred as a child by seeing his mother. While Tony rants about redeeming and marrying Janet, Emanuelle began making plays for Tony's zipper...

"You're right. Sometimes sex is shameful-- corruption, prostitution-- but not always. When it happens naturally, freely, then it's a vital force. It's happiness... it's cleanliness... it's love, even if it lasts only a moment." Speaking of which, the blowjob that follows is brief and anticlimactic. A panicked Tony drops his loaded automatic pistol and runs from the car, though he realizes "I love it!" Emanuelle giggles as she closes her passenger door.

After a shower, Emanuelle discusses the matter with Bill (Riccardo Salvino) as he mock aims the piece away from her. "You can have it... go to the police with it-- do whatever you want! Gee, what a scare that was." Emanuelle chooses not to report Tony, as she was still in one piece, concerned about hurting Janet, and hopeful she had helped Tony. Bill pours drinks from his cigarette-pack-shaped bar, hoping to "celebrate" with Emanuelle in their remaining fifteen minutes together. This couple knew each other well, as a photo of them together hung on the wall, though they "never get to see each other, because their jobs get in the way. Bill darling, we've been repeating the same things for so many years." Bill threatens to marry Emanuelle one day, but she protests that it would be a crime against freedom, "which is a must for both of us." Bill jokes about shooting himself, so Emanuelle finally submits to the sexin'. "...Who needs a dead lover?" She calls to tell Joe (Efrem Appel) she'll be tied-up until 8 o'clock...

...To Be Continued...

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