< Le Bordel - 1ère Epoque : 1900

Released: 1974
Director: José Bénazéraf,
Notes: Les Productions du Chesne, soft (70 mins.? DVD is 87 mins.), but well integrated hard scenes added. French hard video versions released by Proserpine and Movies, 71 mins. (96 mins.? in one version?)
Alternate Titles
  • Le Bordel 1900 L.C.J. éditions DVD cover title, original soft version
  • Le Bordel ou la maison des confidences
  • Le Bordel ou la maison des perversions sexuelles
  • La Filosofia nel boudoir Italy
  • The Infamous House of Madame X
  • La Maison de la confidence
Notes and Reviews

Female Cast: (soft) Melvina Penne (Madame), Marion Saint-Clair (Léa), Maria Mancini (soubrette / servant), Françoise Marichy (soubrette / servant), Stella Stefanova and Magda Mundari (les petites filles modèles), Doris Thomas (la belle Bertha), Eva Zeteny (la mondaine).

Male Cast: (soft) Jean-Pierre Mallet, Philippe Guignard, Jacques Point (le ministre), Dadzu (Marcelin, le pharmacien), Michel Frantz (le mari), Philippe Castelli (le sous-préfet).

Males in hard scenes -

  • Charlie Schreiner
  • Hubert Géral

A big brothel for the rich bourgeoisie at the end of the 19th century in Paris. We see the doctor, the priest, the bourgeois, an anarchist, a black mass, much lesbian love between two very gigglish young girls in uniforms, classy soubrettes, voyeuristic guys, a nice black girl. Meanwhile there is much political talk.

One of the great works of Bénazéraf: nice period setting, good atmosphere; an abundance of different scenes which all show part of the work in a high class bordello on the outskirts of Paris around 1870; exquisite photography, nice dresses, good looking classy women, good acting; should be seen on big screen. It has some actresses who worked before with Bénazéraf. The movie looks very expensive and is a joyous erotic period evocation with some hard core scenes.

The hard version contains no more than 5 minutes of hardcore (possibly taken from a later Bénazéraf film?). These might have been inserted later by Bénazéraf himself as they are well integrated into the story and set in the same luxurious environment. There are many more people in this movie than the names listed.


The video (at least the version viewed) with the hard inserted scenes lacks some of the scenes present in the soft version (e.g the black mass) and other scenes are shortened.

Film information updated with help from Dictionnaire des films français pornographiques et érotiques 16 et 35 mm.

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