Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
Canada/United Kingdom/France, 1999. Alliance Independent Films, Channel Four Films, Emotion Pictures, La Sept-Arte, Mikado Film, Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation, Odeon Films, Telefilm Canada. Screenplay by Thom Fitzgerald. Cinematography by Tom Harting. Produced by Thom Fitzgerald, Shandi Mitchell. Music by John Roby. Production Design by D’Arcy Poultney. Costume Design by James A. Worthen. Film Editing by Susan Shanks, Michael Weir.
Average semi-documentary that chronicles the careers of those involved with beefcake photography in the 50s and 60s. Mostly it centers on and dramatizes the life of Bob Mizor, a very successful physique photographer who ran a studio where most of his models also lived in a paradise of endless gymnasia. Director Thom Fitzgerald is mostly fascinated with how innocent and uncomplicated these very homoerotic images were in the days before gay porn found its way into mainstream society, and takes a good look at an artist who was himself quite oblivious to the subtext he contributed to his work. The interviews with many models from the day are very interesting, especially Warhol superstar Joe Dallesandro who comes off as thoroughly charming, but the dramatized bits are pretty stale and not well acted or directed. Mildly amusing for those with an interest in the subject.