JOE D’AMATO WEEK: Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade (1978)

Starting with Bitto Albertini’s Black Emanuelle in 1975, Laura Gemser would play the character — or variations of her — in a ton of movies like Black Emanuelle 2Emanuelle in BangkokBlack Emmanuelle, White EmmanuelleEmmanuelle on Taboo IslandEmanuelle in AmericaSister EmanuelleEmanuelle Around the WorldEmanuelle and the White Slave TradeEmanuelle and the Erotic NightsEmmanuelle: Queen of SadosDivine EmanuelleEmmanuelle in the CountryViolence in a Women’s PrisonWomen’s Prison Massacre and the compilation Emanuelle’s Perverse Outburst. This would be the last she’d make with D’Amato, who based this on Just Jaeckin’s The French Woman, a movie that tells the true story of French brothel madam Madame Claude.

That’s why this movie is also known as Emanuelle and the Girls of Madame Claude, who is played in this film by Gota Gobert (Private House of the SS).

After a trip to Africa with special friend Susan, our heroine dashes off to meet a prince and a gangster, but then she notices a man pushing a gorgeous yet comatose and wheelchair-riding woman through the airport and somehow ends up getting involved in a white slavery ring. Yet it all feels like Emanuelle is somewhat tired, as over the last three years she’s done all that she can do. I mean, you go up against cannibals, snuff films and hit that many countries, you’d be exhausted too.

That said, a bad Laura Gemser/Joe D’Amato movie does not exist. There are just ones that are not as good.

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