“You must think of me as your last resort.”
Carry On Emmannuelle is one the worst films in the entire Carry On series. Emmannuelle Prevert (Suzanne Danielle sporting a dreadful fake accent) is the sexually liberated wife of diplomat Emile Prevert (Kenneth Williams). When Emmannuelle joins her husband in London, she discovers that he’s only interested in body building exercises. Consequently, Emmannuelle begins an adulterous odyssey through the lives of numerous London politicians.
If there is any value to be found in Carry On Emmannuelle, it is through the examination of the entire Carry On series, and its decline to this atrocity. The innocence of the 50s films was replaced by the naughtiness of the 60s and early 70s, and by 1978, Carry On Emmannuelle is nothing but a hollow shell of the former glory of Carry On films. The main point of Carry On Emmannuelle seems to be titillation, and this is undoubtedly supposed to be flamed by the nude shots. Perhaps the film was naughty in 1978, but by today’s standards, it’s just a mess of tired plot, and gratuitous, silly titillation.
A few of the ‘old’ Carry On team are present for the carnage. Joan Sims, Kenneth Connor, and Peter Butterworth are all servants ‘below stairs.’ There are a few good moments between the servants in the kitchen (I loved the scenes with Joan Sims in the launderette, and Peter Butterworth in France), but the plot is determined to focus on Emmannuelle and her silly adventures. This was the last-but-one Carry On film, and after seeing this stinker, it’s easy to see why it took 14 years for Carry On Columbus to appear.
For those who have never heard of Carry On films, this was a series of popular British comedies that were made over a period of several decades. The Carry On team was composed of regulars, and then new faces were added for each film. If you’ve never seen a Carry On film, don’t start here. Try Carry On Camping, Carry On Nurse or Carry On Don’t Lose Your Head.