Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel famous for her role in the 1970 erotic film Emmanuelle died this week at the age of 60. Her agent Marieke Verharen told AFP news agency that she died during her sleep. It was reported that the cause of her death was due to the throat and liver cancer she has been fighting for the past years. The famous Dutch actress played in over 50 movies and was best known for playing the lead character in four of the seven Emmanuelle films.
Sylvia Kristel was only 21 when she landed the lead part in Emmanuelle. It was a very brave casting choice she made because the film was one of the firsts to change the idea and notion of sex and porn in that era. At the time of the role she hadn’t done a lot of movie work nor was she the most beautiful actress around or even the most beautiful actress in Emmanuelle. She did however bring to the role a hint of sweetness and vulnerability while delivering what could almost be called a performance of the century back than.
For the hour and a half of the film her character goes through amid palm fronds, diaphanous drapes, wicker furniture, dreamy Far Eastern sunsets and wandering wildlife on a voyage of sexual discovery and desire all the while encouraged by her voyeuristic husband. All in all the movie Emmanuelle created a new aspect of porn known as parlour porn which made the erotic film easier and more acceptable to the middle classes. Even women were included in screenings and it raised the bar bringing a new sense of quality to erotic film.
Born: September 28 1952
Died: October 17 2012
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