Remembering Jean-Daniel Cadinot
To me one of the saddest things about Jean-Daniel Cadinot’s death is not so much his relatively young age (64) but the fact that his work has become somewhat unknown to gay audiences in the US for reasons I’m having a hard time understanding. He was a true legend and at the forefront of the field since he started making gay porn 30 years ago.
A teenage runaway, Cadinot studied photography at the prestigious National School of Photography in France. After working for a mainstream French film company, he started directing porn in 1978 — first as “Tony Dark” and under his real name after 1984.
A filmmaker and a perfectionist, Cadinot never succumbed to the lure of making a ton of money by churning out titles. Literally icon Dennis Cooper explained the complex concept behind “Aime Comme Minets” (“All Of Me”) on his blog last year:
“…the film is structured around an actual audio recording of director Cadinot interviewing a young man named Pierre Buisson during the performer’s first audition for the director. Excerpts from this interview are played over a silent visual recreation of the original audition that was shot a number of years later … After the sex scenes were shot, Cadinot waited four years to film the recreation of the audition so that Buisson would look noticeably older in that part of the film than he did in the sex scenes.”
Cadinot wrote his own eulogy, which was posted on his blog after he died last week. It’s as fittingly eloquent and thought-provoking as his body of work:
“An erect phallus is a symbol of life, a cross a symbol of death.”
I hope people reading this who are familiar with his work will take a few minutes to reflect on it in the comments section.
Cadinot’s official homepage
Au Revoir Jean-Daniel Cadinot (Fleshbot)
Jean-Daniel Cadinot’s Aime Comme Minets (Dennis Cooper’s)
RIP Jean-Daniel Cadinot (GayPornTimes)
Cadinot movies available on TLA Video