Hello, hello, hello, fans of my little girlie magazine who live all over the world! A new week of blogging has begun. What adventures in blogging will we share this week, the last full week of January 2016? So far the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette has gotten 15,232 views and 5,380 visitors for January 2016 and there are still several days remaining before the end of the month. The Gazette is averaging 623 views every day for January.
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I’m happy to report that The Big Snow has come and gone. Pittsburgh got around six inches of snow, but for the next several days the city will get a mix of clouds and sunshine with the highs in the 30s and 40s. Today we will have a mix of clouds and sunshine and the high will be around 40.
In my constant search for inspiration that will help me to make my little girlie magazine an original, I draw from a lot of sources: writers, artists, magazines, bands and films that were considered to be originals in their day. The French film Emmanuelle was considered an original for its time. It started an entire franchise of Emmanuelle films and made an international star of Sylvia Kristel. I’ve watched several of the Emmanuelle films on YouTube. And even though several actresses played the lead in different Emmanuelle films, Sylvia Kristel is the actress most closely identified with the series. This is what Wikipedia has to say about Emmanuelle and Sylvia Kristel:
Emmanuelle is a 1974 French softcore pornography film directed by Just Jaeckin. The film’s story is based on the novel Emmanuelle. The film stars Sylvia Kristel in the title role about a woman who takes a trip to Bangkok to enhance her sexual experience. The film was former photographer Just Jaeckin’s debut feature film and was shot on location in Thailand and in France between 1973 and 1974.
Emmanuelle was received negatively by critics on its initial release and with a more mixed reception years later. On its initial release in France it was one of the highest grossing French films. The film was distributed by Columbia Pictures in the United States making it the first X-rated film released by the company. The film was popular in Europe, the United States and Asia and was followed-up in 1975 with Emmanuelle, The Joys of a Woman. Several other films influenced by Emmanuelle were released including the Italian series Black Emanuelle.
And here’s an interesting note: The 1974 Emmanuelle with Sylvia Kristel remainds the most successful French film ever produced. I find that amazing! And I don’t speak French. I’ve only found one of the Emmanuelle films with Kristel with English subtitles.
This is Guy Hogan reporting from Pittsburgh.
Hail to Pitt!