Perverse Emanuelle (1973)

Director:Jess Franco Screenplay by: Jesús Franco Running time:75 min  Country:Spain, West Germany Language:English, German Genre:Thriller, Sexploitation, lesbianism, lesbian sex, female nudity Subtitle:None Starring: Norma Kastel ... Barbara Orst,
Jack Taylor ... Michel Dreville
, Lina Romay ... Greta Douglas,,Alice Arno ... Yvonne,,Pierre Taylou ... Vishma,
Monique Van Linden ... Barbara''s Secretary
, Roger Germanes ... Policeman

Emanuelle, on the verge of a nervous breakdown is found dead at the bottom of a cliff. A suicide or murder? An investigation takes in Emanuelle''s many lovers - both men and women, including her husband''s sister and her psychiatrist. A strange tale of pain and pleasure...power and love...lust and desire!

Tender and Perverse Emanuelle: Michael Dreville is a psychiatrist who has been asked by a wealthy friend of his Gordon Douglas to come up to his home and help keep an eye on his wife. Gordons wife Emanuelle is a pianist and lately she has been having visions that someone is trying to kill her. Emanuelles body is found on the beach the day Michael arrives and the police make him one of the prime suspects because he was Emanuelles former lover. After Michael is cleared by an alibi he decides to launch his own ivestiag6tion into the final moments that lead up to Emanuelles death.

Jess Franco is a prolific filmmaker who has made just as many good films as he has bad ones. Tender and Perverse Emanuelle was made during his busiest time as a director. This film opens with two women embracing each other as they caress every inch of each others bodies. This scene is dimly lit like many scenes in the film that follow it showcase Franco at his seductive best. The films plot is hardly original and many of the moments especially early on are lifted from Alfred Hitchcocks Vertigo. The more we learn about the Emanuelle character the further we are also drawn into the seductive web Franco has concocted.

Two Franco regulars Jack Taylor and Lina Romay give outstanding performances that help elevate the rest of the casts performances. Actress Norma Castell who plays the films lead Emanuelle gives a solid performances that is equally sympathetic and sexy. It is unfortunately that she would only make a handful of films before fading away into obscurity. Daniel Whites haunting score perfectly set the atmosphere. Franco directs this film with his usual sense of rhythm and style with his strongest moments being the flashback sequences. Overall Tender and Perverse Emanuelle a first rate murder mystery that will keep you occupied tell the very end.

Incubus: Johan Harker is a struggling artist whose wife is also extremely ill. One day he encounters a woman named Lorna who promises him fame, fortune and cures his wifes illness if he and his wife agree to bear a child for her. After twenty years of good fortune Lorna returns to collect the child she is owed and when Johan refuses to complete the deal back luck then befalls everyone around him.

Jess Franco has made career out remaking his previous and this is even more evident in his most recent films. Scenarios and character like Lorna have been recycled many times. The acting is pretty bad in Incubus with one exception that being Lina Romay who starts off slowly before coming into her own when her characters looses her mind. The performances are also hampered by the how bland the English dubbed makes each person sound. Franco shows hints of his past greatness with a few interesting shots and the films orgy finale is some of his best work in many years. In a somewhat unrelated but interesting twist Franco during the scene where Linas character looses her mind zooms in on a book about Klaus Kinski.

Overall Incubus is mess that is very hard to digest in one sitting and outside of Franco fans that must see every one of his films I would suggest everyone else skip it.
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Special Features:
Jess Franco''s full-length feature Incubus (2002) (in English with German subs)