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Review: Chasing The Muse (Artsploitation Films)

Chasing The Muse
Chasing The Muse
3.5 stars

Starring: Jean-François Davy, Kitty Kat

Directed: Jean-François Davy

Release Date: October 6, 2015

Run Time: FT1 97 Minutes / FT-2 114 Minutes

Format: DVD Color: Color

Audio: French Subtitles: English

Distributor: Artsploitation Films


Jean-François Davy is a legendary French director of erotic cinema, whose work was among the most notable European adult film productions of the 1970s and 80s, particularly his documentaries on Parisian sexuality including Prostitution (1975), Les Pornocrates (1976), and the trilogy of Exhibition (1975), Exhibition 2 (1978), and Exhibition 79 (1979). After an absence of several years, Davy now returns to the erotic documentary genre that made him famous, only now he turns his probing camera on himself as well. Davy and his cameraman travel to the major cities of Eastern Europe – from Prague to Budapest, with stops in between – as the filmmaker searches for a beautiful muse to serve as the leading lady of his next carnal opus. As countless gorgeous young women undress to audition for the camera, Davy keeps looking for a girl with a special quality, and when he finds her, he also finds himself falling head over heels for her charms. Sizzling and candid, CHASING THE MUSE is for mature audiences only.

BONUS FEATURE: Dubbed “the most important film event of the year” upon its release in 1975, Jean-François Davy’s classic documentary EXHIBITION focuses on young star Claudine Beccarie as she traverses the ins and outs of the French porn industry. With the distinction of being the first hardcore film ever accepted by the New York Film Festival, Artsploitation Films are proud to present Davy’s director’s cut of the film in a brand new digital restoration.


Note: Equipment used to watch the film can be found below

Theatrical release Date:
DVD Disc release Date: October 6, 2015 (USA)


  • Restored director’s cut of EXHIBITION (1975, 120 minutes), never before released in the U.S.


My Thoughts

Artsploitation Film’s upcoming release Chasing the Muse has two documentaries with the title of this film being the main feature. The second feature is also another documentary and is a nice addition to this 2 documentary set. Both features are French and are in French with English subtitles.
Chasing the muse is a documentary about a director stepping in front of the camera to find the perfect female for his film. The Docu has a ton of nudity and sexual acts but is censored when it comes to insertion and legs being spread open.
The Docu is interesting from my point of view but does get semi boring which is weird since the screen is filled with naked women. The Docu is basically the famous French porn director holding casting auditions where he talks with them then photos which leads to him banging the women. Now when this happens a more romantic piano type of score played over top of these acts which is kind of weird. The directors essentially finds the girl and actually grows a relationship with her.
Overall it was a decent watch to see what I guess happens when a director is looking for female lead in a porn.
I give Chasing The Muse a 3 out of 5

The second feature is another documentary which is hailed the most important film at its time of release in 1975. This Docu is called Exhibition located in the extras section and for me was a better watch, a more interesting story.
Now this Docu doesn’t hold back when it comes to nudity as there are no censuring with every body part exposed including during sexual acts with full frontal insertion. This isn’t why I like this more it’s just a small part of that but mainly we follow a female porn star who loves what she does. She also gets behind the camera and creates her own films. Now this Docu isn’t tuning with porn none stop, we get an inside look at porn stars thought on the business as we run through interviews with leading female stars. The interviews that take place aren’t always about porn or sex but feelings and life
Overall it was a good watch as we get a better look at the female leads and there thoughts or I should say the Docu follows Claudine Beccarie. I feel this was a better watch as it was more interesting granted it has full nudity, a lot more pornographic acts but we get to see the life of Claudine. One thing I Like a lot was the ending of the Docu wasn’t the ending as we get an update clip about 4 years latter and then another update clip on Claudine 9 years after that.
I give Exhibition a 4 out of 5.

I will give the entire set a 3.5 out of 5. If your into knowing what happens during casting and or a more In depth look on the lives of female French porn star of the 70’s, I say check this out if your above age.



Rating – 5 Star System


3.5 stars

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Samsung (UN46C6900) 46-Inch 1080p LED HDTV

DVD/Blu-Ray Player

OPPO BDP – 103 (Highly Recommended)

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Stereo Receiver

Pioneer VSX-516-K 7.1-Channel

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Pioneer S-HF 11C

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(2) Front Speaker

KLH 9250B Floor – 350 watts

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KLH 100 watt Bookshelf

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Sony SA-W3000 180 Watt 12″ sub

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Note: I Know my speakers are way outdated. OPPO Blu-Ray Player is one of the best around and used in most home theaters. The Receiver is pretty good but on the line of out dated. Subwoofer is good with tons of bass but not the theater quality from a $400 Sub. Front speakers are fun with tons of power and are good for standalone’s but higher end sound (Hz) is lower quality. Overall I need to update on all speakers granted I do get decent sound out of them just the higher end falls short.


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