Pierre Molinier | The Legs of the Saint-Pierre Quarter
In Bordeaux, in the mid-seventies, Molinier's lifeless body was found on his bed. This infamous erotic artist had already staged his own death twenty years previously when he photographed himself stretched out on the same bed. A free-spirited individual attracted to women's legs and stockings, he fascinated André Breton but offended a great many people in his day. Unveiled in the privacy of his bedroom, this mysterious character's work is revealed through his accessories, photomontages, voice and escapades.
What you will find in this film
An investigation into the life and work of Pierre Molinier • The fetish-erotic photography of an original artist • A post-war erotic fantasy • Legs and Lace - Pierre Molinier's surrealist photomontages • The artist's paintings as a continuation of his photographic work • The blurring of boundaries between the artist's work and life • A game of eroticism and death • An art of transgression • The combination of autobiographical elements and his passion for the feminine • The artist's cross-dressing • A precursor to body art
00:00 Collages, the letter and freedom
09:34 First camera shoot
18:59 Death and surrealism
30:34 Fetishism and women
36:42 Final staging
This content is for members only.
• PIERRE MOLINIER - author: Jean-Luc Mercier ; 2010 ; edited by Jean-Luc Mercier at Les presses du réel ; translation by Edward Penwarden
Mahogany bellows view camera • Copal lens • Slides and Ektachromes • Velox paper • Kodak Kodura paper • Agfa Brovira paper • Scissors • Glue • Sellotape