Le Pétomane: Parti Avec le Vent - A Fart Movie

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Editor's note: Steve Ochs has done something any PoopReporter would appreciate; he's made a movie about farts. These aren't just any farts, though. These are the farts of the greatest farter in history, Le Pe`tomaine. I strongly urge you to check out the website, where you can find a trailer for the movie. I am sure that you will appreciate the sound effects.





Background

For about fourteen years, including the great comedy boom of the eighties, I worked as a touring stand up. Somewhere in that time I was doing a few minutes on a real-life character named Joseph Pujol, better known as Le Pétomane. While performing in Alaska, I was asked after the show if I had read the book on his life, which I hadn't. A short while later, the questioner sent me a copy. After couple of years went by, I had switched to writing professionally and had written a full-length spec script based on the life of Pujol.

Not long after a cinematographer friend of mine who loved the script, asked me if I could re-construct it as a short. I did. The result is "Le Pétomane: Parti Avec le Vent."

Production

The project was to be self-financed for hard costs and reliant on freebies and returned favors for everything else. We expected to shoot it as minimally as possible on HD using whatever locations we could get that might pass for the set ups we needed. We were just about settled on using the fantasy suites of a swinger club/porn studio for the interiors (study, doctor's office, etc.) and a local turn-of-the-century historical park for the exteriors, until something crazy happened; we got an offer we couldn't refuse from Universal Studios!

By the time the film was done, over three hundred people had participated. The result is as big a low-budget short as may have ever been made. The props, costumes and actors are all top notch and the post-production was done by the book.

Research

While the true story of Pujol's life is chronicled in various sources, it barely served as a guide. The characters’ names and professions are correct, but the interactions are, for the most part, fictionalized. This is pretty standard for the Hollywoodizing of a true story. However, the props, sets and wardrobe paid a great deal of respect to history.

When all was said and done, we had created an absurd experiment in “drama”; the story of man discovering his gift, the love of his woman, and his deliverance from the Jevert-esque pursuit of a doctor gone mad.

Conclusion

On the first day of production, while speaking to the heads of the various departments, I made a promise. I told them we would be making the biggest, stupidest period piece we could.

I believe in my heart that we have succeeded.

14 Comments on "Le Pétomane: Parti Avec le Vent - A Fart Movie"

daphne's picture
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I really hope you all visit the site, because it's pretty damned fantastic. Steve, we're so happy for you!


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MousePoo's picture
l 100+ points

Went. Saw. Looks awesome. Unfortunately Netflix doesn't have it.

kentuckykin's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

Looks... interesting. I like period pieces, and this definately looks well shot. Or it could be a massive joke, too. Hard to tell.

MSG's picture
Comment Quality Moderatori 2000+ points

Bravo for making the true story of Pujol available onscreen. What would one give to be able to hear (experience) one of his public performances!

Jack Schitt's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorl 100+ points

Looks great! I really want to see this. Plus, they quoted our Dave in the reviews.

sittingpretty's picture
Comment Quality Moderatori 2000+ points

I'm going to wait until all pts are gone before I view it so if there are farting sounds, they won't hear it. I'll view it this afternoon.
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...And their flesh like dung. Zeph. 1:17

...And their flesh like dung. Zeph. 1:17

El Scumbag's picture
k 500+ points

Are you aware of the short film of Pujol’s life starring the late Leonard Rossiter? It’s available to view at www.leonardrossiter.com and doing it better that would be an achievement indeed.

SteveO's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

Hi Steve here - I made Le Petomane.
I would never try to compete with the previous short. Not only was it brilliantly acted by Rossiter, it was directed by Ian MacNaughton who also directed virtually all of the Monty Python TV shows. We just went our own way with it... which included being pretty loose with the facts! Also to MousePoo, we are waiting for our Netflix queue site to open up. I'll post another note when I find out it has.

Bilgepump's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

Welcome aboard Steve. Look forward to seeing this.


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"One of the founding members of the Front Page Hyena Pack, and runs as its alpha male when the urge strikes him, which is often." Daphne (one perceptive chick)

"One of the founding members of the Front Page Hyena Pack, and runs as its alpha male when the urge strikes him, which is often." Daphne (one perceptive chick)

the thin brown line's picture
j 1000+ points

Both films arriving this Tuesday...they better make me shit my pants (if I'm wearing any)... Yeah...Stevo..welcome to the show!!

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the thin brown line's picture
j 1000+ points

Fine movie SteveO...Lavish production. Fine acting. Funny attempts at "French" accents. Love the are you on board ass spanking part. Looks like something Disney or Hallmark would produce. Your Moulin Rouge looks like it was film in the defunct Disney show The Golden Horseshoe Revue. I can see Disney having a shot at Pujol. It could cameo a cyber frozen Walt lofting cutsie slate pucks. Of course, wardrobe for Walt would be none other than an S.S. uniform with some mouse ears.
Be proud, the short is in league with MacNaughton's, but where is Pujol's moustache?
*the shorts (sharts) are funny (Fart Match & The Defarted being the standouts)
*to anyone looking, you can purchase the MacMaughton film Le Patonane on Amazon...it's on Dvd-R...and the quality is not so hot (I think it's a VHS transfer)...but, what the heck, who wants to watch a film about a legendary fart artist in high def. Actually, since the film was shot in Techincolor, a nice restoration and print would be nice...for color's sake...

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the thin brown line's picture
j 1000+ points

The MacNaughton film can be seen on YouTube (in parts), or Google video..uncut...Bravo!!!!

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the thin brown line's picture
j 1000+ points


an update: still no quality upgrade version of Le Petomane on Amazon, but plenty of high quality DVD's of the Steve Ochs film.___

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Somethin' mysterious made an exit from the gift shop.

Somethin' mysterious made an exit from the gift shop.

Anonymous's picture

Thank you Steve for asking me to be iN this movie, it was fun!!!!
vanessa robinson

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