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Jesús Franco (2 storys)
Jesús Franco (screenplay)
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1973 (France) See more »
A Whodunit from the great! The investigation into the suicide of a young woman found dead at the bottom of a cliff uncovers many lovers of both sexes... See more » | Add synopsis »
Lina Romay: Sex/Horror Movie Actress Dies
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Norma Kastel ... Barbara Orst (as Norma Castell)

Jack Taylor ... Michel Dreville

Lina Romay ... Greta Douglas

Alice Arno ... Yvonne
Pierre Taylou ... Vishma
Monique Van Linden ... Barbara's Secretary
Roger Germanes ... Policeman
Richard Kennedy

Alberto Dalbés ... Gordon Douglas
Richard Bigotini ... Commissaire
Raymond Hardy ... Mathias
Carmen Carbonell ... Gordon's Mother

Dan van Husen ... Inspecteur Siodmak

Antonio Mayans ... Richard Scary
Susana Taber
Verónica Llimerá
Pierre Quérut
Gilda Arancio

Directed by
Jesús Franco  (as J.P. Johnson)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jesús Franco  screenplay (as A.L. Mariaux)
Jesús Franco  story (as A.L. Mariaux)
Jesús Franco  story (as David Khunn)

Original Music by
Daniel White 
Cinematography by
Alain Hardy 
Stephen Rosenfeld 
Film Editing by
Claude Gros 
Camera and Electrical Department
Raymond Hardy .... still photographer (as Ramon Ardid)
Other crew
Ilona Kunesova .... continuity

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Also Known As:
"Des frissons sur la peau" - France (imdb display title)
"French Emanuelle" - UK (cut version)
"Le chemin solitaire" -
"Tender and Perverse Emanuelle" - USA (imdb display title)
"El último escalofrío" - Spain
"Perverse Emmanuelle" - Germany (DVD title)
"Sicarius - Febbre di sesso" - Italy (imdb display title)
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UK:75 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Jess Franco did this and another Emmanuelle film in 1982See more »
Gordon Douglas:Will you stop taking me for an idiot.
Barbara Orst:Leave me alone.
Gordon Douglas:I want you to tell me tell me the truth. That melody you keep on playing reminds you of someone. Tell me the truth... admit you have a lover and that you're crazy about him. You must tell me the truth. I know you have a lover. Admit it. You're just a hypocrite. I know you wrote that sonata for your lover. Don't try to deny it.
Barbara Orst:You're just imagining it. You know it's not that. The sonata is a memory from a forgotten past, Gordon.
Gordon Douglas:So! You admit it. You whore!
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Watch at your own peril, 28 December 2006
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

This is not an official French "Emmanuelle" film, nor is it an unofficial "Emanuelle" ("Black Emanuelle") Italian copycat from the series created by Albertino Bitti and Joe D'Amato; it is a Franco film all the way with the title slapped on only as an afterthought. Unfortunately though, it's just not a very good Franco film. It's really a murder mystery where the main character, an unhappily married pianist (alternately called both Barbara and Emanuelle) is found dead at the bottom of a cliff at the very beginning of the movie--a victim of either suicide or murder--and it's up to her shrink (Jack Taylor) and sister-in-law (Lina Romay)to investigate.

Truth be told, I was drawn to this movie by some tantalizing stills of Lina Romay wearing some very 70's-style sunglasses (and pretty much nothing else), the version I saw of this movie though was pretty skimpy on the nude scenes of both Romay and another equally beautiful Franco regular, Alice Arno. There were only some lesbian scenes between Romay and the more obscure lead actress who played "Barbara/Emanuelle", but they were pretty obscure in a different sense--I could barely make them out. I suspect this problem will be taken care of when, like pretty much the entire Franco back catalogue, this movie gets an official DVD release. A more permanent problem is that it simply does not have a very compelling plot and it seems to be a pretty lackluster effort by Franco and everyone else involved. It's better than the execrable WIP films Franco and Romay made right after, but definitely a step down from the interesting stuff Franco was doing in the late 60's and early 70's. See it if you've got a sunglasses (or Lina Romay) fetish, but for everyone else, watch it at your own peril.

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