Velluto Nero

Velluto Nero

Director: Brunello Rondi Cast: Laura Gemser, Annie Belle, Gabriele Tinti

DVD (Wide Screen)


Like the cannibal films which followed, the Italian Black Emanuelle series (which, in fact, includes Emanuelle e gli Ultimi Cannibali) contains a very strong subtext of decadent Europeans oppressing other cultures. In many cases, as here, the instrument of oppression is the camera itself, and viewers of most Italian shock documentaries from Mondo Cane to Africa Addio probably didn't need a fictional softcore sex film to tell them that. The story line brings Emanuelle/Laura (Laura Gemser) back, but significantly as a model rather than her usual profession of journalist or photographer. The real shutterbug is Laura's sadistic boyfriend, Carlo (Gemser's real-life husband Gabriele Tinti), who stays with Laura at a fancy Nile River villa owned by pretty Crista (Nieves Navarro under her usual "Susan Scott" pseudonym). Various sexual intrigues ensue, involving Crista's daughters, a mute Arab servant, and Carlo's creepy habit of photographing Laura amidst backgrounds reeking of death and horror. There's also a wealthy gay pedophile (Feodor Chaliapin) and a goat sacrifice, but it's all really an excuse for Gemser to roll around naked in the sand with Annie Belle in one of the more memorable lesbian sequences in Italian exploitation. Fairly well directed by Brunello Rondi, the film was adapted from a story by another well-known exploitation director, Ferdinando Baldi, and edited by a third, Bruno Mattei.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2009
UPC: 0891635001513
Original Release: 1976
Rating: NR
Source: Severin
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:34:00

Special Features

Black Velvet - interviews with stars Annie Belle and Al Cliver; Theatrical trailer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Black Emmanuelle, White Emmanuelle
   Play Feature
   Chapter Selections
   Bonus Features
      Black Velvet: Interviews With Stars Annie Belle and Al Cliver
      Theatrical Trailer
   Set Up
      English - The English Track is Taken From the Only Known Available Source and is Incomplete. Certain Parts of This Track Are Therefore Presented in Italian With English Subtitles

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