Directed by: Bitto Albertini
Actors: Laura Gemser, Karin Schubert, Angelo Infanti, Isabelle Marchall
Also known as: Emanuelle nera, Black Emanuelle en Afrique, Black Emmanouella, Emanuelle Negra, Emmanuelle’s Holiday, Emmanuelle in Africa
Description: In her first onscreen adventure, journalist/photographer Mae Jordan (known to her readers as “Emanuelle”) travels to Africa on assignment. Questions of her own racial and sexual identity come to a head as she observes the troubled marriage of her hosts, Ann and Gianni Danieli. Matters are complicated further when Emanuelle finds herself in affairs with both of them, after which she flees Africa, only to be persued by Gianni, who had earlier rejected her and ridiculed her advances.
Preview: Laura Gemser plays a magazine photographer who is sent to Africa for a photo shoot. There she is met by a couple and other swinging couples. They all stay at this huge, very touristy hotel with a gigantic swimming pool. One night they have a pool party complete with “real live” native dancers. It’s very un-politically correct and very kitschy. Later, Emanuelle finally has her photo shoot, which turns out to be in one of those drive-through, stay-in-your-car safaris (albeit the photography is gorgeous). Throughout the film, Emanuelle is going after every man she meets. The photography is very well done in this film. There are scenes with cascading waterfalls, galloping giraffes and ancient ruins. The film is worth seeing for the soundtrack by Nico Fidenco alone.