EMANUELLE AND THE WHITE SLAVE TRADE
Reviewed by: Jamey Hughton
What's it about
Super fine photojournalist Emanuelle investigates a prostitution ring that sells young women to creepy old men. On her quest to stop the exploitation of these girls, she exploits herself over and over again in a surplus of sex scenes. Welcome to 70s Eurotrash “erotica”.
Is it good movie?
Well, there’s not much to say about EMANUELLE AND THE WHITE SLAVE TRADE. This is director Joe D’Amato and star Laura Gemser’s final BLACK EMANUELLE collaboration. As a series, it doesn’t look much different from James Bond – except that the lead is an oversexed female “globetrotting photojournalist” instead of an oversexed male secret agent. That, and there’s absolutely no intrigue or excitement in EMANUELLE… just a lot of ineffectual soft-core smut, and some pretty international locales filling in for a nearly non-existent story.
WHITE SLAVE TRADE is the fifth outing for D’Amato and leading lady Gemser, whose beautiful features are no doubt the main reason for the longevity of the series. I can’t vouch for the artistic merits of the other films, but this one seems poorly mangled together using what seems to be a ton of stock footage and extra unit photography. The plot is threadbare and ridiculous, which is not much of a surprise, because the sex is clearly the selling point. Emanuelle’s random encounters with ugly men are documented well, but not at all sexy. At the time, these movies were pretty risqué. These days, if you are have to resort to this mind-numbing crap for your porn fix, I really do pity you.
The movie even forgets its own story by the end, and offers no real conclusion. I wasn't surprised to see this barely got a release after it was made in 1978.
Video / Audio
Video Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio Dolby Digital, Mono
A 12 minute interview with the director called After Hours with Joe D’Amato. Filmed “guerilla style” on handheld camera, I guess this would be of interest if you’re a raging Black Emanuelle fan.
Also, the film's Theatrical Trailer
This is a bad piece of "erotica" and a bad film period. It deserves to remain unseen.