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The Pornographer [2001] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Jean-Pierre Leaud, Jeremie Renier, Dominique Blanc, Thibault De Montalembert, Andre Marcon
  • Directors: Bertrand Bonello
  • Format: Anamorphic, Widescreen, PAL, Subtitled, Dolby
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Sep 2002
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006G9XO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,612 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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New Wave acting legend Jean-Pierre Léaud stars as Jacques Laurent, a famed pornographic filmmaker from the 1970s who comes out of retirement to make a new film and pay off some debts. Working in a large country house, Jacques starts shooting scenes for the film but soon comes into conflict with his producer over the way he is handling the material. It seems that Jacques' old school style might be out of touch with the more brutalised approach common at the start of the new millennium.

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An art house movie that asks questions about the morality of art both on and off screen, The Pornographer is a hard-hitting yet strangely unmoving film. Very much a product of the French school of intellectual cinema, the filmmaker of the title is Jacques Laurent (played by Jean Pierre Leaud), a one-time director of adult films who, finding himself down on his luck, is forced to return to his old medium. Far from being a gaudy Boogie Nights style exposé of an unknown world, the film focuses on Laurent's inner turmoil and his rapidly disintegrating relationship with his wife, as well as his restored one with his son Joseph (Jeremie Renier). Director Betrend Bonello handles this material well, if overdoing the art house clichés a little, but the problem with the film (or for some its strong point) comes with the fairly hardcore sex scenes, presented as part of Laurent's movie. While intended to reflect the emptiness of the character's soul, it is hard to see past them as just an attention-grabbing device. Then again, can a film about pornography legitimately not feature sex? One suspects that this debate will run and run and, in its way, The Pornographer has much to say on the subject.

On the DVD: The Pornographer's intended release fell foul of the BBFC, who objected to one particularly explicit scene, a continuing argument that provides much of the material for the DVD's extra features. There is a reproduction of the BFFC ruling, a statement in reply from Bonello (which demonstrate the similarities he shares with his fictional counterpart, certainly when it comes to a vision of erotica) and an excellent essay from critic Pierre Perrene. In addition there are biographies, the cinematic trailer and an option to view the film with or without English subtitles. Whatever the moral questions involved, Bonello's film is a visual treat and his stylish eye is well represented by this format. --Phil Udell

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DL Productions UK TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Oct 2008
Format: DVD
The Pornographer is a film that tires to be very controversial, but doesn't really help itself; this film could have been perfectly well told without the sex scenes which has had a 11 second cut due to the sexually explicit ending of the scene. To me, this just didn't need to be there. So the question begs; was this just trying to be a shocker to get more bums on seats at the cinema, or was there a real reasoning for it all?

Jacques Laurent (Jean-Pierre Léaud) is a porn director who's made rather explicit movies right up to 1984, when he decided to end. He's now trying to come back to it all, but his attitude to have more humanity has been dismissed by his co-workers and he really can't get back in. This makes him rather disillusioned, and he leaves his wife, to build his own home.

The best thing to come out of it all is getting back in touch with Joseph, his son, who was disgusted by the work Jacques did. They really start to form a bond.

This film isn't the best really, it does get rather tedious and tiresome, with the sex scenes really the worst - they're wooden, especially the dialogue, worse than those clips from that show "Badly Dubbed Porn", which of course is a comedy skit of the industry. Does make you wonder if this was done for effect, to get more of an audience. I can imagine some adolescent rushing home trying desperately to hide this video to find there's very little of what he was looking for.

The storyline is good, but it really could have been better told, I did like the interview he had with the press at the end, but I just think it could have been a lot more interesting. You really need to be patient to watch this film.

The extras are not too good, you get a few interviews in text format, and the BBFC's statement. You also get a few filmographies - oh and the trailer.

Worth a rent, wouldn't buy this, it's not got that elastic "I'll watch it again" effect.
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71 of 81 people found the following review helpful By DM Webster on 23 Nov 2002
Format: DVD
The pornographer is a typically French film. Beautiful locations and lots of deep discussions. the story centres on a porn film director who is rapidly being left behind by the business. He feels the need in later life to inject humanity into the films while those around him are interested in filming only the sex. One memorable scene is where they have just finished filming a sex scene and he turns to his co-director and suggests that the end of the film should contain the birth of the couple's child! All this is combined with the breakdown of his relationship with his wife, and the slow reconciliation with his son, again, typical French fare.
Much has been made of the 11 second cut of the money shot over the porn actress's face. However, although the film is very explicit in a few places I can't see how the money shot would have furthered the plot and its probably best left out. AS a discussion of pornography it is very interesting; its one of those films that purports to condemn aspects of the porn business but ends up actually compounding the ideas. This isn't a bad thing though- it just makes for more interesting discussions with your friends!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Fenderbender on 12 Mar 2009
Format: DVD
The director's fury surrounding the censor's cut of the explicit scenes is justified as key dialogue is missing, without which much of the meaning is lost. In brief he asks the couple to make love with each other rather than perform sex to camera. He specifically forbids the facial money shot at the end. Nevertheless his assistant realises they are not delivering a marketable product and takes over: thus the film is ruined, his career is over and his masterpiece remains unrealised.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B OG on 29 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
I was dissapointed with this film..There was very little action and I am not sure why it carried an 18 rating a 15 rating would have suffice
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a very miserable middle aged man who has been making porn films all his life and pretending that they are art/politics suddenly hits a mid life crisis . he doesnt really do any thing about this except stare into a field and make more and more very tedious comments , that dont really make any sense . Why i didnot just turn this rubbish off i donot know . Zzzzzzzzz
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