Xavier Beauvois

  1. Rocco Siffredi, Romance, France, 1999.     Madame Beauvois  probably did not want hubby screwing for real a second time, after his own actor-directing debut, N’oublie pas que tu vas mourir, 1995. And, of course, that he managed it once was the very reason auteur Catherine Breillat thought of him. He was about to be signed (‘but I doubt whether he could have got it up as the scene requested”) when Rocco, the Italian porn star, finally called from Hungary about Breillat’s invitation. (The second time she’d tried to book him after Parfait amour!(Perfect Love) in 1995.“It’s very clear for him that I loathe porn films, thatRomance is by no means a porn film, but rather an anti-porn film. And yet he liked the script and tells me how he would play Paolo in a very intelligent way… But I also thought that if I used a professional porn actor, Romance was bound to be censored. However, what he’d said was so enticing…” She told her producers: ‘It’s him I want. Bad taste perhaps, maybe I am completely wrong, but I can’t help it. If you don’t want him, we won’t take him’.“ They took him. “People are wrong if they think I had planned all this and I was looking for scandal. I had always liked Rocco.Chabrol, too, was fascinated by Rocco He was so much unlikeother porn actors. He really made loveand wasn’t a sewing machine. And he is a great actor.”Not that heperformed for real in this laboured outing.  Despite all the nudge-nudge-wink-wink reportage.    [Breillat was talking to my good friend,Frederic Albert Levy,  in Paris for the 2018 Severin Films blue-ray bonus].


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