There were a number of American films in the 1910s which contained female nudity in film.
Because Pirou is nearly unknown as a pornographic filmmaker, credit is often given to other films for being the first.
A distinction is sometimes made between "erotic" films and "pornographic" films on the basis that the latter contain more explicit sexuality, and focus more on arousal than storytelling, but the distinction is highly subjective.
Pornographic films are produced and distributed on a variety of media, depending on demand and the technology available, including traditional film stock in various formats, video for home viewing, DVDs, Internet download, cable TV and other media.
Kirchner (under the name "Léar") directed the earliest surviving erotic film for Pirou.
The 7-minute 1896 film Le Coucher de la Mariée had Louise Willy performing a bathroom striptease.
Pornographic films present sexual fantasies and usually include erotically stimulating material such as nudity and depictions of sexual intercourse.
Before Schwarzer's productions, erotic films were provided by the Pathé brothers from French produced sources.
In 1911, Saturn was dissolved by the censorship authorities which destroyed all the films they could find, though some have since resurfaced from private collections.
In general, softcore pornography is pornography that does not depict explicit sexual activity, sexual penetration or extreme fetishism.
It generally contains nudity or partial nudity in sexually suggestive situations.