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Muscle Beach (1948)

| Documentary, Short
Amateur athletes and bodybuilders at the original Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, California.
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The original Muscle Beach, located south of the Santa Monica Pier, was constructed in 1934 by the Works Progress Administration with the intention of creating a park on a public beach. By the 1940s however, Muscle Beach frequently appeared as a standing joke in trade magazines and was often mentioned with innuendo in Hollywood gossip columns. For filmmaker Joseph Strick, however, the beach scene offered an opportunity to observe and document an emerging subculture of gymnasts, athletes, bodybuilders and exhibitionists. His 1948 short Muscle Beach, made with assistance from fellow filmmaker Irving Lerner, can be considered a carefree and wholesome portrait of a site that was then of questionable reputation. The film would be the first of Strick's early efforts to highlight documentary footage of Los Angeles counterculture. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Documentary | Short

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USA

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English

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Мускулы на пляже See more »

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Strick Film Company See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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"Muscle Beach" was restored by the Academy Film Archive in 2009. See more »

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A post-war LA classic
26 November 2003 | by Joel RaneSee all my reviews

I agree with the previous comments...this is a classic. You often see snippets of this film, with the graceful weightlifters and acrobats of Muscle Beach, in documentaries about LA during this period. But I was delighted to see the whole film, with its goofy singing narration, shot at the old Muscle Beach between the Santa Monica Pier and the now-demolished pier at Ocean Park.


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