The Pornographer
The Pornographer (2001)

A man who traded in his artistic ambitions for commercial success now finds himself at a personal and professional impasse in this drama. Jacques (Jean-Pierre Leaud) is a filmmaker who in the 1970s directed a number of top-grossing porno… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2001
DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

Bertrand Bonello's grimly histrionic, richly symbolic, yet somewhat on-the-nose melodrama, from 2001, which looks at the human wreckage left by the burst illusions of France's generation of May, 1968.

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Scott Weinberg

You wouldn't want to spend a mere 15 minutes with porn filmmaker Jacques Laurent ... and The Pornographer runs 106.

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Linda Ruth Williams
Sight and Sound

I spent the first 30 minutes or so genuinely unsure about whether this film thought itself funny, willing it to favour knowing self-mockery, disappointed but not surprised when it plumped for high pretentiousness.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

The Pornographer does to its theme precisely what pornography does to sex -- it isolates specific parts while ignoring the bigger picture and the larger meaning.

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Christopher Null

not just a study of how porn has degenerated from adult-oriented love stories to rank perversion, it's also a film about how the movies themselves have changed

Kim Linekin

The theme of silent passivity runs throughout the film, so Bonello must have wanted to make some kind of statement with it. The effect is merely alienating.

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Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

The scenes in which the porno films are being made stand out, but with a 108 minute sit and an awkward narrative it isn't even salvaged by calling it French cinema.

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Rich Cline
Film Threat

Only fans of the most pretentious, dull French cinema will even remotely like this film.

Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

The film seems to be intent on the subversion of what most people consider obscene or shocking. By all means, if you are most people, have a look. All others should catch a nap.

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Jim Hunter
An aged pornographer returns to the industry after a twenty-year hiatus while he attempts to reconnect with this estranged son and breaks up with his wife.… More
Walter M.
In "The Pornographer," Jacques Laurent(Jean-Pierre Leaud) is a legendary pornography director, who suddenly stops with one fantasy left on the table,… More
John Ballantine
A fascinating depiction of a man's regret when forced to re-enter a career that he gave up many years earlier. The pornography is merely the side story.… More