Sunday, 8 May 2016

Beefcake directed by Thom Fitzgerald

Beefcake (1999) is a docu-drama homage to the muscle magazines of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s in particular, Physique Pictorial magazine, published quarterly by Bob Mizer of the Athletic Model Guild. It was inspired by a picture book by F. Valentine Hooven III (published by Taschen) and was directed by Thom Fitzgerald. The film stars Daniel MacIvor, Carroll Godsman, Jack Griffin Mazieka, Jonathan Torrens, and Joshua Peace in pastiche recreations of life at the Athletic Model Guild, mixed with interviews with models and photographers whose work actually appeared in the early magazines, including Jack LaLanne and Joe Dallesandro. The film was shot in Nova Scotia. Beefcake premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1999 and was released by Strand Releasing in the USA; it was nominated for three Genie Awards.

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