Emmanuelle is a 1974 French softcore pornography film directed by Just Jaeckin, starring Sylvia Kristel in the title role . The story is based on the novel Emmanuelle. It was former photographer Just Jaeckin's debut feature film and was shot on location in Thailand and in France between 1973 and 1974. On its initial release in France it was one of the highest grossing French films. It was distributed by Columbia Pictures in the United States making it the first X-rated film released by the company. The film was popular in Europe, the United States and Asia and was followed-up in 1975 with Emmanuelle, The Joys of a Woman. Several other films influenced by Emmanuelle were released including the Italian series Black Emanuelle.
Emmanuelle, the wife of a French diplomat in Bangkok, embarks on a voyage of sexual discovery.