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Eye on the Guy: Alan B. Stone & The Age of Beefcake

Philip Lewis & Jean-François Monette / Canada / 2006 / 49 ' / English


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A documentary about pioneer photographer of male "beefcakes" Alan B. Stone, his life, times and achievements.


Quiet, shy and living in a sleepy Montreal suburb with his mom and his aunt, Alan B. Stone photographed hundreds of hunky guys in the Canadian landscape wearing little more than a codpiece, and published them in men’s health and physique magazines in the 1950s and ’60s. In the burgeoning North American gay subculture, in an era before the gay rights movement caught fire from the riots outside the Stonewall bar in NYC, physique magazines were one of the few sources of homoerotic images to fuel the fantasies of homosexual desire. Stone became a pioneer of this desire, running a successful mail-order service from his basement studio that shipped his photos to men around the world. Adopting a touch of camp and the insider’s spirit of gay humour, directors Philip Lewis and Jean-François Monette talk with the original models, Stone’s sister, queer archivist Ross Higgins and historian Tom Waugh to create a biography that enriches queer culture and photographic history.


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