Michel Simon

L’album pornographique

The Pornographic Album

October 22, 2020
Fine Books
192 pages
180 × 250 mm
35 €
9782358877015
978-2-3588-7701-5
Selection and preface by Alexandre Dupouy
Michel Simon, L’album pornographique
Michel Simon, L’album pornographique

This album presents for the first time to the public the personal photos of the illustrious pornocrat Michel Simon. Complex, sometimes frightening, often endearing, the exceptional Michel Simon was as much a sacred monster as a sacred monster…

Since the beginnings of photography, amateurs have dedicated themselves to pornography. A true museum of the libertine escapades of our society, the collection first built up by Pierre Louÿs was enriched by the actor Michel Simon, who made no secret of his tastes and appetites in the matter. Two years after the death of this legend of French cinema, no less than thirteen thousand pieces that belonged to the actor were dispersed by his heirs. Pictures but also original editions of Sade, famous dildos, “enterprising” automatons compose what constitutes the most important collection in the world on the subject. Not content to simply collect, Michel Simon wanted to enrich his heritage with memories of his extraordinary sexuality.

The author

Michel Simon was born in 1895 in Geneva. In 1915 he decided to become an actor after a catastrophic schooling and an undisciplined start in the army. Noticed by Louis Jouvet, he knows his first successes on the stage and will play in more than 150 plays. Jean Renoir will allow him to be consecrated on the big screen with several films and in particular The Bitch. Michel Simon will found with the director a film production company that will allow him to embody his most unforgettable character in Boudu Saved from Drowning. From silent cinema to talking pictures, he will distinguish himself in all genres and all registers with more than one hundred films to his credit and collaborations with the greatest French directors of the 20th century. He died in 1975 and only four people will be present at his funeral including Michel Galabru, Jean-Pierre Mocky and Michel Serrault.

Strong points

For the first time published, the legendary album of personal pornographic photographs of the actor Michel Simon.

210 unpublished photos, known and sought after by amateurs.

An album published in the same collection as Le cul de la femme by Pierre Louÿs (2500 copies sold).

October 22, 2020
Fine Books
192 pages
180 × 250 mm
35 €
9782358877015
978-2-3588-7701-5
Selection and preface by Alexandre Dupouy