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Jean-Daniel Cadinot (born February 10, 1944) is a French director and producer of gay pornographic films. His self-named studio was one of the first of its kind in France and continues to be the most well-known label from this country. The influence of his films with their cheerful, energetic outlook on gay sexuality can clearly be felt in later gay erotica such as the films by Bel Ami or the photos of Howard Roffman .
Jean-Daniel Cadinot first pursued a career in photography, which took on a homosexual angle with his nude portrait of writer Yves Navarre and singer Patrick Juvet . He began to sell nude photographs and finally moved to directing movies in 1978.
Under the label French Art, Cadinot made dozens of 16 mm films since then, usually with specific settings or themes, such as an excursion of French boy scouts, life in a boarding school or a journey to Venice, greatly contributing to the erotic appeal of the works through the specific situations depicted. Often these themes were somewhat derived from Cadinot's life experiences, especially from his youth.
Cadinot's early films are often basically regular movies with occasional hardcore gay sex scenes interspersed. Rather than just portraying a string of sexual encounters with minimal dialogue, they showcase Cadinot's fascination with characterization, lighting, and his often slightly jocular approach to gay sexuality.
In recent years, Cadinot's films have become more conventional and are more difficult to distinguish from other US or European productions. Sex scenes now tend to take center stage while the setting, plot or acting are of considerably lesser importance. It might be disadvantageous that his production now uses video, which, while offering higher image clarity and lower production costs than 16 mm, tends to have a low-contrast, somewhat overlit "studio" look which lacks the artistic appeal of his conventionally filmed material.
Trademark elements of his films
- Often plot- and character-driven (though considerably less so in recent years)
- Mostly feature youthful, slender, not particularly muscular men
- Humoristic characters and situations
- Outdoor locations in the French countryside
- Sexual positions or techniques:
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