Just Jaeckin, the director of ‘Emmanuelle’, dies

French filmmaker and photographer Just Jaeckin, best known for his erotic film ‘Emmanuelle’, has died at the age of 82.

French filmmaker and photographer Just Jaeckin, best known for his erotic film Emmanuelle, died on Tuesday at the age of 82, a family spokeswoman told AFP on Wednesday.

“Just Jaeckin, the director of Emmanuelle with Sylvia Kristel, died on September 6 in Brittany due to a long illness, at the age of 82 (…) He died surrounded by his wife Anne, a sculptor, and his daughter Julia, a photographer” his agent said in a statement.

The film, released in 1974, had a great international success, from Japan to the United States, and tells of the sexual adventures of a young woman in Asia.

It was the highest-grossing film of the year in France, with close to 9 million viewers, and was on the Champs-Elysées in Paris for thirteen years.

A social phenomenon, the film was seen in theaters by tens of millions of viewers, and many more if you count other media.

Emmanuelle was an adaptation of an erotic best seller of the same name, written by Emmanuelle Arsan in 1959.

The producer, Yves Rousset-Rouard, who wanted to entrust the project to a young director, commissioned Just Jaeckin, a photographer with no experience in feature films.