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The Pornographer (2001)

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

Director:

Bertrand Bonello

Writer:

Bertrand Bonello (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Jacques Laurent
Jérémie Renier ... Joseph
Dominique Blanc ... Jeanne
Catherine Mouchet ... Olivia Rochet
Thibault de Montalembert Thibault de Montalembert ... Richard
André Marcon André Marcon ... Louis
Alice Houri ... Monika
Ovidie ... Jenny
Laurent Lucas ... Carles
Ségolène Savoff Ségolène Savoff
Titof ... Franck
Marcelo Teles
Violetta Sanchez Violetta Sanchez
Nadia Nataf Nadia Nataf
Thomas Blanchard Thomas Blanchard
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Jacques Laurent made pornographic films in the 1970s and '80s, but had put that aside for 20 years. His artistic ideas, born of the '60s 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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Language:

French

Release Date:

3 October 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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FRF 7,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Jacques Laurent: Everything was politicized. Making pornographic films was also a political act.
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Alternate Versions

For an '18' rating 12 seconds had to be cut in the UK due to BBFC demands with edits to a scene where a man ejaculates on a woman's face during the making of a movie. The uncut version was released with an '18R' rating. See more »

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Features Master of the House (1925) See more »

Soundtracks

CONCERTO OP. VI No6 (Larghetto e affettuoso)
Music by George Frideric Handel (as Handel)
Performed by Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (as The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra) et Ton Koopman
(P) 1987 Erato
Avec l'aimable autorisation de Erato et le concours de Warner Strategic Marketing
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A French treatise on father,son relationship ! ! !
6 August 2008 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Le Pornographe can be termed as a decent film directed by Bertrand Bonello as it does not shock any viewer who has self conceived notions about the film's title.It is one of those typical French films in which characters ramble on various life affirming themes.This is the reason why the film's title is an absolutely inappropriate misnomer as the word "Le Pornographe" does not do much justice to this film's central themes.Bertrand Bonello has made effective use of his film's principal character,a famous French director of pornographic films Jacques Laurent to conduct an observational study about various human relationships which include a troubled father son relationship,a pallid husband wife relationship.These relationships are so strongly portrayed that the topic as well as scant depiction of pornography is easily sidelined.Although this film features some famous porn stars like HPG,Ovidie etc,it is through actors like Jean Pierre Léaud, Jérémie Renier,Catherine Mouchet and Dominique Blanc that Bertrand Bonello is able to lead his film to its inscrutable conclusion.


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