Jean-Daniel Cadinot

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Jean Daniel Cadinot
Jean-Daniel Cadinot.jpg
Cadinot in 2007
Born (1944-02-10)10 February 1944
Paris, France
Died 23 April 2008(2008-04-23) (aged 64)
Cause of death Heart attack
Other names Tony Darcq, Tony Dark
No. of adult films 72 as director (per IAFD)

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


Cadinot was born during World War II, in German-occupied Paris, in the Montmartre hill area of the Batignoles Quarter.[citation needed] His parents were tailors who custom fit clothes.[citation needed] Cadinot later remarked that while his parents had clothed men, he earned his reputation for undressing them.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] By then, he had published 17 photo albums, with total sales of over 170,000 copies.[citation needed]

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

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.[citation needed] 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 fifty-four films, some under the pseudonym Tony Dark.[1]

In 2004, he won a FICEB HeatGay Award for Best Director (Les secrets de famille - French Art).[4]

Cadinot's grave on Montmartre Cemetery

On 23 April 2008, Cadinot died of a heart attack.[5] 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.[6][7]

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

Partial filmography[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b (Aldrich, 2001)
  2. ^ a b George Koschel: Cadinot, Jean-Daniel in glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture, accessed 2010-10-10
  3. ^ (Martel, 2000) p.107
  4. ^ 2004 Award winners & nominees at the Wayback Machine (archived October 11, 2004)
  5. ^ Cadinot Official Site:""
  6. ^ [1] Archived July 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ [2] Archived July 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.

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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)

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