In the movie archives across Europe, we can find about thirty Johann Schwarzer films, which are today considered classics of early porn movies. He had no idea that he would enter the history of world cinema. Although in his short porn movies you can’t see a square centimeter of indecent parts of a woman’s skin. But it contains a patriarchal pattern that will mark the first decades of porn movies.

Men are most often older, mostly in suits, while women are younger, undressed, and regularly placed in a subordinate position. This pattern shows us the economic position of the sexes in the society of that time. Movie superpower France was the first country who embrace the described trends. They begin to make short porn movies where you can predict scenes.

Quite simply, scenes were shot with situations that justified undressing, in one way or another. In such an environment of the early 20th century, while on the erotic market France dominated we can see Johann Schwarzer. A German-born in 1880 in Javornik in the Austro -Hungary.

A chemist by profession, Schwarzer opened a photography workshop in which, he took family photographs and portraits. The business wasn’t going very well, so he decided to expand the offer to erotic photos. Schwarzer sniffed out the opportunity for extra income and in 1906 founded Saturn Films. A production company that should steal at least one part of the financial pie from the French erotic market.

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Schwarzer used the same method of justified undressing. While French beauties were covered with transparent fabric, young women in the films of an Austrian erotic entrepreneur are completely naked.

Schwarzer directed a total of 52 short porn movies working exclusively with local artists. Each film includes a scene of at least one completely naked female body. For example, in “Forbidden Bathing” from 1906, we watch an idyllic scene. A shallow pond at the edge of the forest where three completely naked young ladies are happily swimming. The idyll is interrupted by the arrival of a man who looks like a forest ranger who warns the girl that bathing is not allowed. The Forest ranger takes out a notebook and writes something down, while the ladies quickly get out of the water, collect the clothes and leave. This is the usual working day of an Austro-Hungarian forest ranger. But there must be order!

The Imperial and Royal District Court in Vienna decided on 11th February 1911, that all of Schwarzer’s “obscene” material — films, photographs, and catalogs — must be destroyed. Schwarzer’s legacy, however, is unquestionable. About thirty of his films are considered the classic of early porn movies. And they can be found in the movie archives throughout Europe.

And his Saturn Films was the first Austro-Hungarian film company to continuously produce films. Although this was never his goal, Johann Schwarzer entered the history of world cinema.