Jean Daniel Cadinot
Cadinot in 2007
|Born||10 February 1944|
|Died||23 April 2008(aged 64)|
|Other names||Tony Darcq, Tony Dark|
Cadinot was born during World War II, in German-occupied Paris, in the Montmartre hill area of the Batignolles Quarter. His parents were tailors who custom fit clothes. Cadinot later remarked that while his parents had clothed men, he earned his reputation for undressing them.
As a teenager, Cadinot hoped to become a painter and, due to parental opposition, ran away from home at the age of 17. In the early 1960s, he studied at École des Arts et Métiers and at the National School of Photography. He then began his professional career at Valois Studios, where he directed mainstream films for French-speaking audiences.
He first pursued a career in photography, which took on a homosexual angle with his nude portrait of writer Yves Navarre and singer Patrick Juvet. His erotic photographs appeared in the first edition of Gai Pied. He began to sell nude photographs and finally moved to directing movies in 1978. By then, he had published 17 photo albums, with total sales of over 170,000 copies.
Characteristic of Cadinot's films was an emphasis on plot, much more so than in typical porn films. His plots were often based originally on incidents from his own life, but he was known for adjusting the plot during filming to incorporate experiences of his actors. He insisted on realism in his films, especially in sex scenes, saying that the actors "do not portray things that are imposed on them by me, but things they like to do themselves".
By 1998, he had directed fifty-four films, some under the pseudonym Tony Dark.
On 23 April 2008, Cadinot died of a heart attack. After Cadinot's death, the company French Art was being headed by François Orenn, a classically trained pianist who started working for Cadinot as a score composer and who managed the company from 2002. Two unfinished films by Cadinot, Subversion and Le Culte d'Eros, have since been released by him. Orenn has also begun directing films of his own in the typical Cadinot style (Anges et Démons and L'Avarice) and with Cadinot's technical crew.
In 2013, StudioPresse and PinkTv jointly acquired the Cadinot trademark and exclusive distribution rights on all Cadinot movies, including previously unreleased material. The website "Cadinot.fr" is owned by StudioPresse, which is known to own other gay labels such Jnrc, Citebeur, GayArabClub etc.
- Koschel, George. "Cadinot, Jean-Daniel". An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture. Archived from the original on 9 March 2005. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
- Aldrich, Robert; Wotherspoon, Garry (2001). Who's Who in Gay and Lesbian History: From Antiquity to World War II. Routledge. pp. 69–70. ISBN 0-415-22974-X.
- Martel, Frederic (2000). The Pink and the Black: Homosexuals in France Since 1968. Stanford University Press. p. 107. ISBN 0-8047-3274-4.
- "2004 Award winners & nominees". Barcelona International Erotic Film Festival. Archived from the original on 11 October 2004. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
- "My final bow". Cadinot.fr. 23 April 2008. Archived from the original on 30 April 2008. Retrieved 26 April 2008.
- "Francois, interviewed by Kenny". Cadinot.fr. 7 October 2009. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
- "Angels and Demons". Cadinot.fr. 3 March 2009. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
- Official website
- Jean-Daniel Cadinot on IMDb
- Jean-Daniel Cadinot at the Internet Adult Film Database
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| AVN Awards for Best Director-Gay Video
for The Traveling Journeymen
(Le Désir en Ballade)
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for Songs in the Key of Sex