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Sylvia Kristel: From Emmanuelle to Chabrol
By: Jeremy R. Richey - Cult Epics, $69.95

Description: Cult Epics presents Sylvia Kristel: From Emmanuelle to Chabrol Hardcover Book and Deluxe Box Set.

The books is a recollection of Sylvia Kristel’s most exciting period as an actress. Beginning with her early Dutch film roles in Frank & Eva, Because of the Cats, and Naked over the Fence, this book covers all 22 movies Sylvia starred in between 1973 and 1981, also including all her European films.

Verdict: A trailblazing figure in film and popular culture, Netherlands native Sylvia Kristel became one of the biggest stars in the world as Emmanuelle in 1974. Alongside her most famous role, directed by Just Jaeckin, a little-known fact is that Sylvia Kristel also appeared in over 20 films between 1973 and 1981 featuring work with some of the greatest directors in film history including Walerian Borowczyk, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Roger Vadim and Claude Chabrol.

Now the story of Sylvia’s astonishing career in the ’70s is told in Sylvia Kristel: From Emmanuelle to Chabrol, written by Jeremy Richey. Featured are new interviews with Just Jaeckin, Pim de la Parra, Robert Fraisse, Joe Dallesandro and Francis Lai among others.

Sylvia Kristel: From Emmanuelle to Chabrol is a film-by-film guide (up to a point) of one of the most distinctive and uncompromising careers in modern cinema, and a celebration of a most remarkable woman in a fully illustrated coffee-table book written by author Jeremy Richey.

A recollection of Sylvia Kristel’s most exciting period as an actress. Beginning with her early Dutch film roles in Frank & Eva, Because of the Cats, and Naked over the Fence, this book covers all 22 movies Sylvia starred in between 1973 and 1981 including the European films Emmanuelle, Julia, No Pockets in a Shroud, Playing with Fire, Emmanuelle II, Une Femme fidèle, La Marge, and Alice.

Other films include: Rene the Cane, Goodbye Emmanuelle, Pastorale 1943, Mysteries, Tigers in Lipstick, The Fifth Musketeer, Love in First Class, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and the American films The Concorde…. Airport ’79, The Nude Bomb, Private Lessons, plus the book features a chapter on the unmade films, dozens of iconic roles that she was offered but declined written with in-depth detail by Jeremy R. Richey.

For my money, Sylvia Kristel: From Emmanuelle to Chabrol is the kind of book that if you are of a certain age you always wanted. Not for the smutty, old-lensed, at times sepia in tone once lurid photographs perceived to be within, but moreover for a heartfelt, yet admittedly still mildly flirtatious visual trip back down memory lane.

For what we have here is the full on, no holds barred story of Sylvia’s astonishing career in the ’70s (written by Jeremy R. Richey) which not only features a whole host of new interviews (with Just Jaeckin, the director of Emmanuelle, Pim de la Parra, Robert Fraisse, Joe Dallesandro and Francis Lai, amongst others), but expertly documents Sylvia Kristel’s film-by-film experiences.

But Sylvia Kristel: From Emmanuelle to Chabrol is way more than just a lazy hazy photograph visual daydream back to days of pornographic folklore, for it also brings forth a sharp lesson in what it was, and what it took (for her to be who she was and what it took from her in equal measure) to be the object of seemingly all men’s desires back then.

The hardback cover book itself, at 340 pages and weighing 6lb is one of the heaviest I have had the pleasure to read in many a decade and as you open it, that new book scent lovingly wafts up to your nostrils, as you read the opening dedication: In Memory Of Sylvia Kristel 1952-2012.

Broken up into seven (7) sections, the book opens on some Publisher and Author notes (Nico B and Jeremy R. Richey, respectively), along with an Introduction (that opens on the day Sylvia Kristel passed) and then brings us a few pages of Dutch Cinema from the Fifties to the Early Seventies, before we get to the first section, The Flame.

That is in turn followed by The Phoenix, Tornado, Velocity, Avalanche, The Moth and then after the final section the Unmade Films, the book rounds out on a complete Filmography, a Selected Bibliography, a nod to all the selected sources, and then a more than gracious thanks closes the reading.

The book fully admits it is not a complete guide to Sylvia Kristel’s career, adding that if anyone was interested in her later cult oddities like Dracula’s Widow (1988) that they would undoubtedly be disappointed, but instead strives to focus this massively impressive tome on a specific time in her career and life; that brief period from her debut in the early ’70s up to her misguided attempt to remake herself in Hollywood in the early ’80s.

As you would imagine, the book is chock full of wondrous photographs from that very same time period, black and white to color, movie posters to set stills, and ok, yes there is obviously some nudity thrown about here and there, but at no time is it anything less than a quite remarkable, loving glimpse behind the curtain at one of the most iconic women oF the ’70s and ’80s.

“Hello, this is Nico B of Cult Epics. Being born in the Netherlands, I am very excited to announce (the) release (of) a fully illustrated coffee-table book on Dutch cult icon Sylvia Kristel and her 1970s films.”

“An homage to her incredible artistry and work, often neglected or reviled by critics, (we aim for) this book to put her film career (back) into a new light.”

WEBSITE EXCLUSIVE! Special Features:
Housed in a custom designed Deluxe Box with golden foil stamp and silk pull ribbon, in an edition of 190 copies made (100 Available)
Hardcover Book
340 Pages
Over 200 Poster & Lobbycard & Photos images
Exclusive 16×20 Sylvia Kristel Poster
Exclusive Dust-Jacket Signed by Writer Jeremy Richey
Box Set dimensions 11 x 13 x 4 inches
4 Disc Blu-ray (limited numbered edition of first 500 copies) + Exclusive Bonus DVD
40-page Illustrated Booklet
16×20 Fold-out Poster with Art by Gilles Vranckx
11lb

Hardcover Book: Special Features:
340 Pages
Over 200 Poster & Lobbycard & Photos images
Exclusive 16”x20” Sylvia Kristel Poster
Exclusive Dust-Jacket
Signed by Jeremy Richey
Book dimensions 10 x 12 x 1 inches
6lb

Box Set only to house the HC book with dust-jacket and Blu-ray set
Box Set dimensions 11 x 13 x 4 inches

About the Author: Jeremy R. Richey is a film and music historian and writer originally from Kentucky. The creator of the long-running blogs Moon in the Gutter and Fascination: The Jean Rollin Experience, Richey was also the publisher of the print-only journals Art Decades and Soledad. His work has appeared in a variety of books and magazines as well as on various home video supplements, including audio commentaries for Cult epics releases Madame Claude and the upcoming Julia and Mysteries. Richey currently resides in Bremerton, WA with his beloved dog Ziggy.

Actress and artist Sylvia Kristel was born in Utrecht, Netherlands on September 28th, 1952. Her film career began in 1973 with small but memorable roles in three important Dutch productions. Sylvia became one of the biggest stars of the ’70s after her role in Emmanuelle (1974), and she would spend the rest of the decade working with some of the finest filmmakers of the period. Sylvia’s starring roles in films like Borowczyk’s La Marge (1976), Vadim’s Une Femme fidele (1976), Robbe-Grillet’s Playing with Fire and Chabrol’s Alice (1977) are among the most memorable performances of the period.

Nico B is the founder of the legendary Amsterdam video store Cult Videoheek, and started Cult Epics in 1991. Moving to the US in 1998, he continued to release arthouse, horror and erotica films in North America, specializing in the works of directors such as Walerian Borowczyk, Tinto Brass, Fernando Arrabal, Radley Metzger, Jorg Buttgereit, Agusti Villaronga, Pim de la Parra & Wim Verstappen. As of recently Cult Epics has started publishing illustrated hardcover books including Cult Epics: Comprehensive Guide to Cult Cinema and Women of the Sun: Bunny Yeager in Mexico, among others.

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