A scrapbook leads us through Bruce Weber's love of 50's celebrities, newfoundland dogs and mens' forms.

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An autobiographical piece: Weber is the off-screen narrator telling us about various key points in his life - as a teenager putting together a scrapbook of Hollywood stars and falling in love with Liz Taylor; living on a farm with Newfoundland dogs; his relationship with his father, who gave him his first camera; his first dance with a man at Stonewall bar in New York City. During the narration, images from the scrapbook and from home movies provide illustration and counterpoint. The dogs are the gentle giants, a boy's best friend. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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16 August 1995 (USA)  »

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Tryferoi gigantes  »

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1.37 : 1
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saw this in a theater by happenstance and WOW!
10 July 2009 | by (springfield, ma) – See all my reviews

i was going to see the NYC premier of the Brian Wilson documentary "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" in the mid-90's and i'd heard that Brian Wilson was in town and might be there. so, like any good little new york hipster i hurried down to the theater in the west village that was hosting this. i loved the main feature but was particularly struck with an unannounced short documentary that played before the feature. it was Bruce Weber's "Gentle Giants". lots of loving shots of labrador dogs. lots of shots of beefcake of old. but what struck me right between the balls were the lovely shots of Guy Madison in "Since You Went Away". i'd remembered seeing this film on a "4'o'clock Movie" on television after school at about the age of 8. my pre-pubescent head had gone ZING! at the sight of Guy. i didn't know what i wanted to do with him, but i think it involved wrestling around. "Gentle Giants" happened to be THAT evocative for me. it might just be that way for other viewers too. and even if that's not so, it's a surely entertaining little film full of beefcake eye-candy. and it has a wonderful dewy-eyed nostalgia for male beauty of eras past. - bobby cormier


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