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The Pornographer (2001)

Le pornographe (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 3 October 2001 (France)
Jacques Laurent made pornographic films in the 1970's and '80's, but had put that aside for 20 years. His artistic ideas, born of the '60's counter-culture, had elevated the entire genre. ... See full summary »

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Jacques Laurent
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Jeanne
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Olivia Rochet
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Ségolène Savoff
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Franck
Violetta Sanchez
Nadia Nataf
Thomas Blanchard
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Jacques Laurent made pornographic films in the 1970's and '80's, but had put that aside for 20 years. His artistic ideas, born of the '60's counter-culture, had elevated the entire genre. Older and paunchier, he is now directing a porno again. Jacques's artistry clashes with his financially-troubled producer's ideas about shooting hard-core sex. Jacques has been estranged from his son Joseph for years, since the son first learned the nature of the family business. They are now speaking again. Joseph and his friends want to recapture the idealism of 1968 with a protest. Separated from his wife, Jacques strives for personal renewal with plans to build a new house by himself... Written by David Carless

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Olivia Rochet: What do you prefer to film? Dramatic scenes, or sex scenes?
Jacques Laurent: Blow jobs. That's the soul of porno. The most stimulating part. I've always found it disquieting. You don't just have two interlocking organs. You also have a face. The last bastion of humanity.
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OPENING
Performed by Philip Glass Ensemble
Music by Philip Glass
(P) 1982 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
Avec l'aimable autorisation de Premiere Music Group
et de Sony Music Entertainment (France) S.A.
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Go porn!
2 June 2004 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

This film marks the first time I saw a penetration scene on a basic cable channel. It's significant, if not technically or artistically amazing.

It was in medium shot, and at first I thought it was more simulated softcore nonsense since the gentleman appeared to be positioned too far away during coitus. Turns out he was just impressively endowed.

'Pornographe' turns in good performances from the actors, especially Leaud. He has the kind of homeopathic presence that made Sarah Polley famous. From a distance, the French national character appears understated, and quite reserved. Contrast that with the classic German, who is full of bluster, extroverted positivity, and usually neat as a pin. The English, finally, appear perpetually drunk and flooding the sidewalk with urine.

The long meditative shots of trees were meant to convey atmosphere, but kind of made me feel like I was waiting at a bus-stop. A minor complaint - it's worth seeing.


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