Alex de Renzy
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Born in San Francisco, California, he served in the United States Air Force. Back in the states, he began making documentary films in San Francisco. In October 1969, de Renzy went to Denmark to attend Sex 69, the first porn trade show hosted in Copenhagen after the legalization of adult pornography there. This resulted in his first movie, Pornography in Denmark, which was released the following year.
Around this time and thematically similar he also produced:
The director of 97 movies and producer of 12, his production Lady Freaks (1973) introduced porn star Annette Haven. His movies also include the two 1970s porn classics Babyface (1977) and Pretty Peaches (1978).
He not only filmed hot sex scenes, but strived to tell a story and have good production values. The highly regarded director discovered porn star Desireé Cousteau. At the Erotic Film Awards in the Hollywood Paladium in July 1979, Cousteau, who won Best Performance by an Actress for Pretty Peaches, said in her acceptance speech, as the orchestra accompanied with strains of "Hooray for Hollywood," "Thank, you, Alex de Renzy, I enjoyed being in your film very much and also enjoyed all the great friends I made."
Alex de Renzy died at age 65 in Los Angeles, during the shooting of his latest production.
- "Nobody says that cowboy films have to have socially redeeming interest. Why should erotic films have it?"
- Pornography in Denmark (1970)
- A History of the Blue Movie (1970)
- Lady Freaks (1973)
- Femmes de Sade (1976)
- Babyface (1977)
- Pretty Peaches (1978)
- Dirty Girls (1984)
- Moving In (1986)
- The Big Thrill (1989)