Jean-Daniel Cadinot

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Jean Daniel Cadinot
Jean-Daniel Cadinot.jpg
Jean Daniel Cadinot in 2007
Born(1944-02-10)10 February 1944
Paris, France
Died23 April 2008(2008-04-23) (aged 64)
Other namesTony Darcq
Tony Dark
No. of adult films72 (as director)
Website
http://www.cadinot.fr/
 
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Jean Daniel Cadinot
Jean-Daniel Cadinot.jpg
Jean Daniel Cadinot in 2007
Born(1944-02-10)10 February 1944
Paris, France
Died23 April 2008(2008-04-23) (aged 64)
Other namesTony Darcq
Tony Dark
No. of adult films72 (as director)
Website
http://www.cadinot.fr/

Jean Daniel Cadinot (February 10, 1944 – April 23, 2008) was a French photographer, director and producer of gay pornographic films.

Biography[edit]

Cadinot was born during WWII, in German-occupied Paris, in the Montmartre hill area of the Batignoles 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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3] 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.

Setting up his own production company, French Art, Cadinot made dozens of 16 mm films.

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".[2]

By 1998 he had directed 54 films, some under the pseudonym Tony Dark.[1]

Death notice[edit]

Cadinot's grave on Montmartre Cemetery

On April 23, 2008 Jean Daniel Cadinot's Official Site posted the following notice:

Dear friends, critics and others,



If you're reading these words I will have put down my camera, switched off the lights, drawn the curtains and taken my final bow. May all the efforts and work of a whole life, the quest for the moment of pure truth in the sublime communion of two beings under the spell of the undefinable desire for the other, inspire those who inherit my heart.

The human being is made such that it only remembers the good and the beautiful, therefore I leave you with a free mind and a head overflowing with a myriad of young men, sometimes strong and vigorous, sometimes fragile and sensitive. All of them gave me these unforgettable moments of their most tender intimacy, moments that only a few really know but which I made into images to allow you to admire them over and over again.

Never were success or personal fortune my creed. You offered me gratitude and I thank you for that because I wanted nothing else. Cadinot salutes you. Remember a kindly fellow, an extreme observer given to rages and contradiction but who listened to others and was full of love.

"An erect phallus is a symbol of life, a cross a symbol of death."

Jean Daniel Cadinot, photographer and film-maker, passed away on the 23rd of April aged 64 following a heart attack.[4]

After Cadinot's death, the company French Art is now being headed by François Orenn, a classically-trained pianist who started working for Jean Daniel Cadinot as a score composer and who has 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.[5][6]

In 2013 StudioPresse and PinkTv have jointly acquired Cadinot trademark and exclusive distribution rights on all Cadinot movies including previously unreleased material. Cadinot.fr is now owned by StudioPresse which is known to own other gay labels such Jnrc, Citebeur, GayArabClub etc.

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Awards
Preceded by
Chi Chi LaRue as Taylor Hudson
for The Rise
AVN Awards for Best Director-Gay Video
for The Traveling Journeymen
(Le Désir en Ballade)

1992
Succeeded by
Chi Chi LaRue
for Songs in the Key of Sex