Goodbye Emmanuelle

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Goodbye Emmanuelle
Theatrical poster
Directed by François Leterrier
Produced by Yves Rousset-Rouard
Written by Monique Lange
François Leterrier
Emmanuelle Arsan (character)
Starring Sylvia Kristel
Music by Serge Gainsbourg
Cinematography Jean Badal
Edited by Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte
Distributed by
  • France:
  • Parafrance
  • Warner-Columbia Film
  • Canada:
  • New World-Mutual
  • United States:
  • Miramax Films
Release dates
December 15, 1977 (USA)
Running time
100 minutes
Country France
Language French
Box office 990,953 admissions (France)[1]

Goodbye Emmanuelle is a 1977 French softcore erotica movie directed by François Leterrier, and starring Sylvia Kristel. The music score is by Serge Gainsbourg. In this sequel, Emmanuelle and Jean move to the Seychelles, where she leaves him.



Goodbye Emmanuelle was intended as the last of a trilogy that included Emmanuelle (1974) and Emmanuelle 2 (1975).[2] It was shot on the Seychellois island of La Digue.[3]


The film was originally released in France in 1977 through Parafrance and Warner-Columbia Film.[4] In the early 1980s, it became the first movie to be released through Miramax Films, a U.S. independent distributor. The company's founders, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, acquired the rights from producer Yves Rousset-Rouard at the Cannes Film Festival.[5] Several years later, the film became a late-night offering on the Cinemax and Showtime cable channels.[6][7]


In his New York Times review, John Corry observed that "The scenery [in Goodbye Emmanuelle] wins every time", but was less favourable about what he deemed "wearisome" sex scenes. He reflected on both aspects at the end of his critique: "The question in the movie is whether Francois Leterrier, its director, was so absorbed in the lovemaking that he just allowed the scenery to creep in, or whether he put it in on purpose. Maybe it doesn't matter."[8]


  1. ^ Sylvia Kristel French box office information at Box Office Story
  2. ^ "No title available". The Australian Journal of Screen Theory (School of Drama, University of New South Wales) (13–16): 76. 1983. Interestingly the final film of the trilogy, Goodbye Emmanuelle, works to recuperate Emmanuelle's image... 
  3. ^ Masters, Tom; Carillet, Jean-Bernard (2007). "The Culture: Arts". Mauritius, Réunion and Seychelles (6th ed.). Lonely Planet. p. 260. ISBN 978-1-74104-727-1. Retrieved September 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ Contemporary Theatre, Film, and Television 8. Gale/Cengage Learning. 2007. p. 240. ISBN 978-0-8103-2071-0. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ Carvell, Tim (March 6, 2000). "The Talented Messrs. Weinstein They built Miramax Films into a movie powerhouse. But how big can the company get and still be the Bob and Harvey show?". CNN Money (Time Warner). Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  6. ^ Clark, ed. (1985). Best Newspaper Writing, 1985. Poynter Institute. p. 218. ISBN 0-935742-10-7. Retrieved September 24, 2011.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  7. ^ Bark, Ed (February 28, 1987). "'Casanova' fails to match its hype: ABC neuters the ribald lover". The Dallas Morning News (A.H. Belo Corporation). Retrieved September 24, 2011. (subscription required (help)). Those in search of a [Sylvia] Kristel in all her glory can tune in the Showtime cable network's Goodbye, Emmanuelle, showing late-night Saturday and Tuesday. 
  8. ^ Corry, John (December 6, 1981). "Film: 'Emmanuelle' in the Seychelles". The New York Times. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 

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