Capital Celluloid 2023 — Day 84: Sat Mar 25

Le Beau Mec (Potts, 1979): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 4.15pm

This screening is part of the BFI Flare Festival. Full details here.

BFI Flare introduction:
The facts behind Le Beau Mec are just as extraordinary as the viewing experience. Rudolf Nureyev’s last lover Wallace Potts directed hot hunk Karl Forest in this Parisian porno – featuring choreography by the Russian legend – that included camerawork by legendary cinematographer Néstor Almendros (Days of Heaven, The Blue Lagoon, Sophie’s Choice). Until very recently an almost-lost film, surviving only in decaying VHS tapes, collector Gerry Herman’s lengthy search finally uncovered some prints. A series of erotic episodes are recounted by Forest’s titular ‘handsome guy’ – memorable sexual encounters in parks, clubs, a gym, a hotel and a fetish club. Remarkable for the beauty of its images and the dynamic range of passionate lovemaking, this is a dream of a film.
Bruce Robinson

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