We're looking for contributors

Sylvia Kristel: More Sex in Private Lessons, Lady Chatterley's Lover

Sylvia  Kristel Private Lessons Eric BrownSylvia Kristel: Private Lessons and Lady Chatterley's Lover

[See previous article: "Sylvia Kristel Dies: Emmanuelle Star."] Kristel's two notable efforts during that period were Alan Myerson's box office hit Private Lessons (1981), in which she, as a foreign housemaid, becomes the erotic tutor of a (horny) all-American 15-year-old (Eric Brown), and the Just Jaeckin-directed, European co-production Lady Chatterley's Lover (1982), co-starring Excalibur's Nicholas Clay. Critics, however, weren't exactly thrilled with either movie, particularly Jaeckin's good-looking but slow-moving, bare-bones (and -bodies) adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's novel. (Photo: Sylvia Kristel Private Lessons, with Eric Brown.)

From the mid-'80s on, Kristel's movie appearances became more sporadic. Her later film credits consisted of minor fare, usually Dutch-made films geared to the local market, such as An Amsterdam Tale (1999), Forgive Me (2001), and The Friendship (2001), in addition to Emmanuelle VI (1993), made at a time when Kristel was in dire financial straits following the box office flop In the Shadow of the Sandcastle (1990), directed by her then husband Philippe Blot and on which she had invested her own money. According to the IMDb, Sylvia Kristel's last movie was Ognjen Svilicic's French / Croatian drama Two Sunny Days (2010).

Sylvia Kristel: Later years

In 2006, Kristel received a special jury prize at the Tribeca Film Festival for her animated short Topor and Me. In the short, Kristel provided the voice for her character – herself, discussing the Parisian art scene at the time Emmanuelle was made.

"We started together," Just Jaeckin recalled for The Associated Press. "... Emmanuelle brought us big problems. We were a bit marked. It was a highly contested film then and now it is a cult film."

Sylvia Kristel, who is survived by her partner Peter Brul, was married twice. She later accused husband no. 2, Philippe Blot (1986-1991), of ruining her financially. She also had a son with Belgian author Hugo Claus (1929-2008), Arthur Kristel, who was featured in a couple of 1999 movies (Nachtvlinder, 13).

Her autobiography, Nue / Nude (English-language version: Undressing Emmanuelle), was published in France in 2006. The following year, the retitled Sylvia Kristel: Nu became a made-for-television documentary directed by Michiel van Erp.

Remembering Emmanuelle

When asked about her views on Emmanuelle in The Independent's sensationally titled 2007 article "Interview: Sylvia Kristel, the world's most famous porn star," Kristel declared:

"I thought it was charming. Very innocent, like you say. I was struck by how young I looked at the time but I thought I was so adult, that I knew it all and I was going to conquer the world. Amazing. Where did this come from? ... [My mother] saw the film when it came on television. She said: 'If they are showing it on television it can't be that bad.' And then she saw it and said: 'Is that all?' I said: 'Mother, have you been imagining the worst for 20 years?'"

Eric Brown, Sylvia Kristel Private Lessons photo: Jensen Farley Films.

If you found Sylvia Kristel: More Sex in Private Lessons, Lady Chatterley's Lover an informative post, please recommend it to your friends. See share buttons above and on the left.
And consider following Alt Film Guide on Facebook and/or joining the FB group All About Movies.
Sylvia Kristel: More Sex in Private Lessons, Lady Chatterley's Lover © 2004-2015 Alt Film Guide and/or author(s). Text NOT to be reproduced without prior written consent.

Continue Reading: Marsha Hunt Actress Turns 95

Previous Post: Sylvia Kristel Dies of Cancer: Star in EMMANUELLE Epoch-Making Erotic Movie

You can leave your comment about Sylvia Kristel: More Sex in Private Lessons, Lady Chatterley's Lover in the space below. Important: Different views and opinions are perfectly fine, but courtesy and respect are imperative. Abusive, bigoted, baseless (spreading misinformation), and/or inflammatory comments will be deleted, and such commenters may be banned.

You can use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

1 Comment to Sylvia Kristel: More Sex in Private Lessons, Lady Chatterley's Lover

  1. AB

    I just saw PL ('81) for the first time recently, and liked it. I consider Ms. Kristel & Mr. Eric Brown performances interesting, making up for any inconsistency in the film. Besides, the soundtrack is great and brings back nice teenage memories to me. I would really like actor Eric Brown to continue his good job in Hollywood, hopefully he will...
    We are sorry to know that Ms. Kristel passed away...May she RIP.
    Thank you!


Tiburon Film Festival Awards 2007 Winners
Bruno Ganz Hitler Humanized in 'Downfall' Film?
ARN: THE KNIGHT TEMPLAR Budgetary Controversy
Michael Caine 'Get Carter': Best British Film Ever?
Oscar 2009: Best Foreign-Language Film Submissions
Bodil Awards 2009
BLOWUP Review Pt.2 - David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles
Aleksei Fedorchenko's SILENT SOULS Opens in September in NY, LA
Oscar Winner Pierre Schoendoerffer Dies
Ivor Novello: Last Film of British Stage Legend