Born in the Netherlands in 1952, Sylvia Maria Kristel will forever be linked to the character that she made a household name: Emmanuelle, the sexually adventurous heroine of Just Jaeckin’s eponymous 1974 softcore adaptation of the erotica classic. Kristel would go on to play Emmanuelle in six more features, the last released in 1993, but there’s more to Kristel than just Emmanuelle, as this series, corresponding to the publication of Cult Epics’ gorgeous new volume Sylvia Kristel: From Emmanuelle to Chabrol, decisively proves. A striking beauty radiant with sensuality, as well as an uncompromising artist projecting a touching vulnerability, Kristel was sought after by top international directors including Claude Chabrol, Alain Robbe-Grillet, and Curtis Harrington, building a uniquely seductive filmography—in spite of an often troubled personal life—up until her untimely death in 2012. She’s not just Emmanuelle and she’s not just a sex symbol: she’s the one and only Sylvia Kristel.