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Monday, August 30, 2010

It's Name that Movie Monday! Challenge #10!


Welcome back to Name that Movie Monday!

It's time for Challenge #10 here at the ol' Arcana!  Can you identify this week's mystery photo, scanned direct from The Holecheck Archives?  If you think you recognize it, post a comment below.  As the week goes on, if no one guesses correctly I'll begin adding some pretty useless hints.  Easy, right?  (Apparently not, as Challenge #9 is still up for grabs!)

Here ya' go -- good luck!


Congrats go out to Rod Barnett for identifying this week's photo as belonging to Brunello Rondi's Black Emmanuelle / White Emmanuelle (1976), a rather odd sexploiter that tries to shoehorn itself into Joe D'amato's Black Emanuelle series, and nearly succeeds! 

Fashion model Laura takes a trip to Africa and is pressured to pose with dog carcasses and camel dung, and before you know it she's banging mystics and drinking goat blood.  All in a day's work, right?  Starring a Eurotrash dream-team of Laura Gemser, Annie Belle, Al Cliver, Gabrielle Tinti and Susan Scott, this one adopts a more artsy and surreal atmosphere than Joe's efforts, but remains worth a watch.

Dimension Pictures slapped it up on U.S. screens in 1977 under the name Smooth Velvet, Raw Silk, and gave it a rerelease in 1979 under the title Naked Paradise.   The '80s were less kind, as the film was badly cropped for its VHS releases from Continental Video (as Emanuelle in Egypt) and Cult Video (as Smooth Velvet, Raw Silk).

Severin Films came to the rescue in 2007 and finally issued it to DVD in its proper screen ratio, and as an added bonus they restored the film to its full European length!  Included as part of their second Black Emanuelle collection or available as a standalone release, the disc sports a good looking transfer and an interview featurette with Cliver, mixed with audio memories from Gemser and Belle. 

I couldn't find the domestic trailer online (which I know I have on one of my Something Weird tapes), but you can check out the import one here.  As expected, it's not safe for work.

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  1. No clue what film this is from, but compositionally it sure reminds me of the PORNO HOLOCAUST poster:)))

  2. Haha, it sure does! And it's only two degrees of separation away! (Or is it three? I don't really know how that game works...)

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  4. It looks like a shot from BLACK EMMANUELLE/WHITE EMMANUELLE -- unless I'm way off. Doesn't she wipe some fluid from her lips right after this? :-)

  5. We have a winner! And yes, it's a pretty sleazy little scene!