French filmmaker and photographer Just Jaeckin, best known for his erotic film Emmanuelledied on Tuesday, September 6 at the age of 82, a family spokeswoman announced on Wednesday.
“Just Jaeckin, the director of Emmanuelle with Sylvia Kristel, he died on September 6 in Brittany due to a long illness, at the age of 82 (…) He died surrounded by his wife Anne, a sculptor, and his daughter Julia, a photographer,” his agent specified in a release.
The movie, premiered in 1974, it had a great international successfrom Japan to the United States, and tells of the sexual adventures of a young woman in Asia.
Emmanuelle was the highest grossing film of the year in Francewith nearly 9 million viewers, and was on the Champs-Elysées in Paris for thirteen years.
A social phenomenon, the film was seen in theaters by tens of millions of viewers, and many more if you count other media.
Just Jaeckin, with radio host Macha Béranger, in 1988. Photo AFP
A film that came from literature
Emmanuelle was an adaptation of an erotic best seller of the same name, written by Emmanuelle Arsan in 1959.
The producer, Yves Rousset-Rouard, who wanted to entrust the project to a young director, commissioned Just Jaeckin, a photographer until then with no experience in feature films.
Just Jaeckin went on to shoot two other high-voltage sexual movies, Story of O and Lady Chatterley’s Lover, again with Sylvia Kristel.
The film was at risk of being censored in Francebut with the death of President Georges Pompidou, a new Secretary of State for Culture was appointed, which allowed the premiere without cuts.
Sylvia Kristel, before the mythical bathroom scene in “Emmanuelle”.
Other films that wanted to rise to success
The success was so sensational that other films were shot that borrowed the name of the protagonistwith more bawdy arguments.
Born in 1940 in Vichy (centre), Just Jaeckin owned, together with his wife, an art gallery in Paris where they basically exhibited their own paintings and sculptures.
movie star, Sylvia Kristel, saw how her name was inextricably linked to that of the film and the director.
Sylvia Kristel, in a scene from “Emmanuelle” (1974). Just Jaeckin’s film, Photo EFE
He had drug and alcohol problems, and had to fight rumors of all kinds, including an alleged affair with President Valéry Giscard d’Estaingwhich he denied.
Kristel died in 2012 of cancer, at the age of 60. Six years earlier he had published his autobiography, nude.
“Sylvia was a wonderful woman, very pure, very naive. She lived up to her last name, ‘Kristel’. She was overwhelmed, as I was, by the commotion she caused Emmanuelle. It marked her, it was very hard for her,” Jaeckin explained to AFP in 2012, on the occasion of the actress’s death.
In Argentina, the film was banned by the entity that governed the cinema and that was in charge of Miguel Paulino Tato, who began his role in the Peronist government of those years and continued during the military dictatorship.
That motivated many Argentines to cross over to Uruguay to see it, the same phenomenon that was caused by Stanley Kubrick’s film, clockwork orangewhich suffered the same fate in our country.
In Emmanuelle, Kristel played more with the mystery than with what she showed -no explicit sex-. She made more sensual films (the aforementioned Lady Chatterley’s Lover), was once directed by Chabrol and was in Airport ’79 . But few remember that
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