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Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade
Emanuelle et les Filles de Madame Claude / Sklavenmarkt der Weissen Mädchen / Emanuelle and the Girls of Madame Claude / Black Emanuelle in Afrika
Flora Film, Fulvia Film, Gico Cinematografica
directed by Joe D'Amato (= Aristide Massaccesi)
starring Laura Gemser, Ely Galleani, Gabriele Tinti, Venantino Venantini, Pierre Marfurt, Gota Gobert, Bryan Rostron, Manuela Romano, Nicola D'Eramo, Anna Toffoli, Tom Felleghy, Maria Letizia Serafino, Aurelia Saba, Fabio Frezza, Elena Maruffi, Maria Grado, Rocco Lerro, Alessadro Valente
story by Aristide Massaccesi (= Joe D'Amato), screenplay by Aristide Massaccesi (= Joe D'Amato), Romano Scandariato, music by Nico Fidenco
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While in Kenya to interview an infamous gangster gone legit (Venantino
Venantini), photo journalist Emanuelle (Laura Gemser) witnesses a girl in
a wheelchair changing hands on an airport in exchange for a suitcase (full
of money, presumably). Later, she sees the girl being walked through a
bazar by a mysterious man (Gabriele Tinti). To get information on that
man, Emanuelle helps the gangster strike a deal with an Arabian prince
(Pierre Marfurt) by becoming the prince's sextoy during his stay in Kenya.
in New York, Emanuelle manages to track down her mysterious stranger and
learns he acts as agent for a brothel somewhere out West, and to get the
scoop, she lets him hire her and becomes a prostitute at Madame Claude's
(Gota Gobert) high class whorehouse, where she impresses everybody with
her sexual skill and appetite, and even the resident transvestite (Nicola
D'Eramo) falls for her charms. During her stay at the brothel, Emanuelle
finds out though that the place is only the front of a white slave ring,
as girls from here are lobotomized and sent to the near and far East on
order. Of course, Emanuelle is found out, captured, gangraped, and readied
for lobotomy ... but she manages to seduce her nurse and make it out of
And to escape her pursuers, she hides on a trawler bound for
Los Angeles, anmd pays her fare by granting the crew a gangbang.
Now the main attraction of the Black Emanuelle-films as
such is of course having Laura Gemser getting naked - a lot. So in a way,
whether or not you like the series depends on whether or not you like to
see Laura Gemser naked. Having said that, there are still differences
between the individual entries into the series, as about half of the films
are just incoherent collections of erotic episodes, while the other half
actually have plots. Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade belongs to
that latter half, and while the film's plot might not exactly be
intellectually challenging, it does give Emanuelle's sexual shenanigans an
extra dimension and makes her a sexually liberated emancipated woman
instead of just a chick that loves to fuck a lot.
That's not to say Emanuelle
and the White Slave Trade is a message movie of any sort, it's exactly
as sleazy (on the softcore side) as you expect it to be, and Laura Gemser
gets naked as often as the plot allows.
What I essentially want to say
is that Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade is a surprisingly
entertaining erotic thriller and one of the best films in the series - and
it might even appeal to people who are not that much into Laura Gemser (if
there are any).