UPDATED: Montreal Teacher Fired Over 40-Year-Old Nude Scenes
Drama teacher Jacqueline Laurent-Auger, 73, starred in the aforementioned film (original French title: "Le journal intime d'une nymphomane") more than 40 years ago, when she was a young Canadian actress who had moved to Paris with dreams of a film career. But when some of her male students dug up clips from such titles as "Swedish Sex Games" and "Nathalie: Escape from Hell," the Christian secondary school where Laurent-Auger worked decided that her on-camera disrobing was a fireable offense.
"I did it as a young actress to make a little money," Laurent-Auger told the Globe and Mail. "The idea of throwing someone out the door for something they did almost 50 years ago is idiotic. It makes me angry."
The teacher, who had worked for more than 15 years at the elite Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf in Montreal, added that the films were not pornographic, but rather redolent of the spirit of artistic freedom in '60s and '70s filmmaking. "Swedish Sex Games," for instance, is described on IMDB as "a realistic and nostalgic look at life on a working farm." Moreover, she was young, fresh out of school, and had to pay the rent somehow.
That's not how the school saw it, though: "The fact that these films were shot 40 years ago doesn't change their bold and suggestive – even explicit – character," it told the Globe and Mail. "After discussion and reflection, we concluded that adult films must remain just that, a product for adults. That's why we decided not to renew Mrs. Laurent-Auger's contract."
Last July, when Laurent-Auger was informed that she would be fired, she said that the school told her they had no issue with her job performance--the decision was based solely on the films she'd made in her former career. They went as far to say that Laurent-Auger's choices as a young, struggling actress presented questionable "models to follow for high-school students becoming initiated into theatre and arts in general."
The school has been widely criticized in Canadian media: "retroactive slut-shaming," one blogger wrote, while a Journal de Montréal columnist Lise Ravary said that the prestigious, Jesuit-founded institution was acting to protect its image as Quebec's top school--at the expense of its students.
"This is petty and small-minded," said Laurent-Auger. "We're in the year 2014, not 1950."
UPDATE: According to the Globe and Mail, Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf has contacted Laurent-Auger about reinstating her at the school--potentially in a different, unspecified position. In the meantime, here she is in a more-or-less SFW clip from "Nathalie: Escape From Hell."