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Laura Gemser

Laura Gemser in
Emanuelle e gli Ultimi Cannibali (1977) - Joe D'Amato

German poster for Eva nera (1976) Joe D'Amato


Laura Gemser ( born October 5, 1950, Java, Indonesia) is an erotic actress and is generally accepted as one of the 1970s most famous erotic icons. She is sometimes credited as Moira Chen , Laura M. Gemser or Laurette Marcia Gemser.

After modelling in various magazines in the Netherlands, Gemser began to take part in some soft erotic films. She subsequently became internationally recognized after playing in several "Black Emanuelle" films. Although she appeared in numerous hardcore titles, she always had simulated sex. The "notorious" scenes in Black Emanuelle are hardcore inserts.

Most of her films were directed by Joe d'Amato and they are now regarded as samples of the Italian erotic/horror cult films. Some of her films are Emmanuelle 2 (1975), Black Emanuelle (1975), Eva nera (1976), Emanuelle in America (1976) and Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals (1977), and Caligola: la Storia mai raccontata (1981). --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Gemser [Jul 2005]

see also: Laura Gemser - Emmanuelle


Of the countless women who've headed up the Emmanuelle knockoffs, this Indonesian beauty is in the top of her class, proving so popular that her films would often be re-titled to capitalize on the Black Emanuelle fad. A favorite of Joe D'Amato for his numerous Emanuelle outings (and others, including Erotic Nights of the Living Dead, 1980), Gemser revolutionized the character so that she reached mythological - and some would say feminist - proportions. While subject to a passive existence in the French components of the series, Gemser's Emanuelle has agency and a purpose. Her job as a photojournalist led her through sweaty jungles (Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals AKA Trap Them and Kill Them, 1977) and the darkest corners of a snuff movie ring in the controversial Emanuelle in America (1977), a red flag on any banned-movie list for the bestiality inserts it once contained for foreign markets. --Kier-La's Top 10 Sexadelic 70's Euro-Starlets (originally written for Celebrity Skin Magazine) via http://www.criminalcinema.com/films/EuroTrashStarlets.htm [Apr 2005]

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