Monday, June 19, 2006

Eye on the Guy

Eye on the Guy: Alan B. Stone & the Age of Beefcake is a documentary about one of the most famous "physique" photographers of the 1950's and 60's. In order to evade stringent censorship, erotic photographers had to cultivate either artistic merit or athletic instruction as a cover for their work. Alan B. Stone did the latter, photographing models wearing skimpy little posing pouches, but not nude, and selling the photos all across Canada and the United States.

Philip Lewis and Jean-François Monette managed to find a number of the original models, weaving recent interviews with 40-year-old photos and home movies, to create a compelling portrait of a pioneer of the gay aesthetic.

Eye on the Guy: Alan B. Stone & the Age of Beefcake, dir's Philip Lewis & Jean-François Monette, 2005 Canada, 49 min., in English and French with English subtitles

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