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Daddy and the Muscle Academy

55.0 min.
Year of Production:
Tom of Finland
Production Company:
Crystal Eye / Filmitakomo Oy
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In the late 1940s, the artist Tom of Finland began turning his sexual fantasies into drawings. He gained world renown with the publication of his work in American men’s magazines. Gay men began to shape their bodies, look and entire self-image according to his idealised views of masculine-looking men dressed in leather or uniform. His drawings expressed a self-determined lust for life, liberated from any sense of guilt, which was perceived as a counterweight to social oppression.
This essayistic work is the only film about Tom of Finland in which he himself appears. In it, the artist talks about his experiences during World War II and the motivation for his work. Other artists, such as Isaac Julien, describe the fascination that Tom’s fetishist world exerts on them. A comprehensive retrospective of his drawings is juxtaposed with images of an underground cinema quality in which bodies move like gladiators to darkly mechanical techno sounds. Tom of Finland’s subcultural icons deconstructed mainstream perceptions of male homosexuals at the time; they still inspire the queer community today to understand the body as political destiny, to adapt it to one’s own identity and make it visible.

BIOGRAFIE Ilppo Pohjola

Independent filmmaker / producer Ilppo Pohjola works with the vocabulary of film, examining its structural and social elements in order to create a body of work that pushes the limits of the medium's physical possibilities. He works between the narrative tropes of Hollywood and the deconstructive methodologies of independent film. The cumulative bodies of knowledge in Pohjola's works are noticeable for their crispness of conception and excess of information. Given his interest in the formal elements of filmmaking, the content of Pohjola's works are surprisingly physical and sensual, even if assaultive.

Ilppo Pohjola has studied at the Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies of the American Film Institute and at Media Arts Department of Sheridan College, Toronto. He has graduated from Faculty of Art, Design and Film of Harrow College of Higher Education, London.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Crystal Eye

FILMOGRAFIE Ilppo Pohjola (selection)

1992 P(l)ain Truth  1991 Daddy and the Muscle Academy 

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