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1970's Erotica Comes to otsoNY

2 January 2014

It has been decided to include, after much thought, the late 1970’s erotic films, Emanuelle in America and Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals.

Back in the late 1970’s Italian film producers wanted to capitalise on the international popularity of the erotic French produced Emmanuelle films by making a similar product that could be made cheaply. To work around copyright rules, these producers altered their spelling of Emmanuelle to create their series Black Emanuelle starring Dutch actress of Indo descent, Laura Gemser. In Japan the film popularised the phrase, "emanieru suru" which directly translates to "to do Emmanuelle". The phrases meaning "to have a casual and extravagant love affair".

Laura Gemser

Laurette Marcia "Laura" Gemser was born October 5, 1950 in Surabaya, Indonesia and is a Dutch actress of Indo descent, now Italian citizen. She is known for her work with director Joe D'Amato and Bruno Mattei, in particular, for doing a set of exploitation-style and Black Emanuelle films. Laura has also been credited as Moira Chen, most notably in Love Is Forever (1983).

Gemser left Indonesia in 1955, at the age of four, and moved with her parents to the Netherlands. She grew up in the Dutch city of Utrecht, where she attended the MULO Regentesseschool high school. After that, she attended the Artibus Art School in Utrecht, where she specialised in fashion design. After modelling in various magazines in the Netherlands and Belgium, in 1974 she moved to Italy to star in the erotic film Amore libero - Free Love. The film was a box office success and launched the career of Gemser, who later became internationally recognised after starring in a number of Black Emanuelle films in the 1970s.

Her most mainstream and well-received role was as Laotian refugee Keo Sirisomphone in Michael Landon's 1983 American television movie, Love is Forever, in which she was credited as Moira Chen. Gemser continued to do films: at times, she worked with her actor husband, Gabriele Tinti. In the 1990s, she left the movies to do costume designing for film. In addition, she lost her husband, who died of cancer in 1991. Today she lives in retirement and low profile in Rome.

The films are expected to be posted later this month.


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