Eurotrash – Complete series – Cinema news |

Various (director)

Live Network (studio)

18 (certificate)

3240 minutes (length)

September 26, 2022 (published)


Do you remember EUROTRASH? This outrageous and tongue-in-cheek late-night television series, presented by Antoine de Caunes and Jean-Paul Gaultier, launched on Channel 4 in 1993 and ran for 160 episodes until 2004, yes! With its irresistible mix of Gallic charm, absolute smut, celebrity interviews and countless clips celebrating the weirdly wonderful and the wondrously weird, each 30-minute episode introduced viewers to a rather alternative side of our European neighbors – not to mention Pipi and Popo, show it two adorable cardboard giraffes made from toilet paper tubes!
Now you can revisit this cult series just released by Network on Air as a 20-disc DVD set!

Conceived in Paris for London-based Rapido Television, Eurotrash’s first seven series were presented by French writer, actor, director and TV presenter Antoine de Caunes with fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier (who left after series 7, with de Caunes co-presenting with various other guests). With their unique and often wicked sense of humor (not to mention their surprisingly bad English), de Caunes and Gaultier rarely missed a beat and often poked fun at stuck-up Brits although in all fairness it must be pointed out that the two presenters did not hesitate to make fun of their country of birth. Topics were generally all over the place and included the good, the bad and the ugly – often the show introduced us to European pop music like Swedish band “Army of Lovers” or Finnish rockabilly rebels. The “Leningrad Cowboys” (complete with mega-quiffs and massively exaggerated periwinkle pickers) whose mantra “Stinking and drinking in Helsinki” made America’s “Stray Cats” look tame.

From a 50+ year old nudist camp (inhabited by German tourists) in Croatia to the much-loved peeing boy statue in Brussels, from a restaurant that serves food made with water rats to cleaning services nudes and fake Barbie dolls with enhanced genitalia, to the world of adult pornography (no pun intended) – no subject was taboo or tasteless enough – with the late Lolo Ferrari (who had the dubious honor of appearing in the Guinness Book of World Records as “the woman with the largest breast implants”) appearing in several episodes.
Sometimes star guests were slightly more respectable, like controversial Italian director Tinto Brass or German fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth who has photographed just about everyone from rock and pop royalty to models – her publicity shots for Guess Jeans propelled a then-unknown Claudia Schiffer internationally. celebrity. Speaking of: former supermodel Carla Bruni (better known these days as the wife of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy) was also featured in Eurotrash. Other glamorous women on the show include Swedish media personality Victoria Silvstedt, while Graham Norton played the role of “traveling journalist” in series 9 – passing the baton to former daughter Melissa Messenger for the latest series.

Equally interesting is a clip featuring avant-garde French director Jean-Luc Godard promoting his ill-fated version of Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ – with Godard himself as the Fool, the novelist/ American journalist Norman Mailer as King Lear, Molly Ringwald (yes, really!) as Cordelia, Peter Sellers as Will Shakespeare the Fifth, Burgess Meredith as Don Learo and Woody Allen as Mr. Alien. Say no more!

If you think you’ve seen it all, EUROTRASH is proof that you haven’t seen anything yet, you have been warned!

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