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The Pornographer (2001)

Le pornographe (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 3 October 2001 (France)
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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. ... See full summary »

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Bertrand Bonello

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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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France | Canada

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 October 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A pornófilmes See more »

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Budget:

FRF 7,000,000 (estimated)
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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 God's Comedy (1995) See more »

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Danny Wilde
Written by Jean-Christophe Urbain
Performed by Les Innocents
Extrait de l'album Les Innocents
(P) 1999 Virgin France © 1999 Pom'A Jus
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Fakery of the very worst kind
16 March 2004 | by grahamclarkeSee all my reviews

It's truly riling when a film reeking of self importance and supposed deep meaning is so obviously a total fake. There may have once been French films in which great existential truths were told with a particularly somber French seriousness. This must have made a lasting impression on many a future director who dreamed of one day putting some of their own deep truths on screen. This led to too many pretentious French films which really have little if anything of importance to say, other than some empty platitudes in the guise of a intellectualism. These films tend to give you the feeling of inadequacy. While others around are imbibing the pearls of wisdom you may sit dumbfounded wondering what it's all about. Don't be fooled for a minute by this hollow pretense.

"Le Pornographe" is a prime example. It's a total bluff and in cinematic terms a complete mess. Jean-Pierre Leaud trades off his legendary younger days as Truffaut's alter ego. This may lend a certain weight to the character, but again it's a mere cloak for the nothingness beneath. The actors are constantly brooding, with a vacant expressionless stare. This is not meaningful as director Bonello would want us to believe, it's simple a façade. Jeremie Renier, one of the more promising young French actors is wasted in this vacuous exercise.

You might think a statement would be made about the nature of pornography, a subject begging out for a truly insightful cinematic investigation. But even that is skirted. What remains is an extremely irritating and decidedly boring film. Even the inclusion of two hard core (though distantly shot) sex scenes, both totally devoid of any eroticism, fails to inject some life into this abomination.

Fakery of the very worst kind.


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