Some of you may have noticed that I have been 'blasting back to the past' a little bit more than usual over the last few months. There are a lot of sites that featuring clips and captures from new releases, but I like to find material that is not found elsewhere on the net. After featuring Neil Phelps in Sex, Lies and Renaissance earlier this year, I was on the hunt for lesser known older movies featuring a little male skin.
When searching for movies and actors that are lesser known, logically it means that there will be little out there to find. That usually means hunting down, and sometimes buying the movies to cap myself. Now, I had never heard of 1969's Thar She Blows! but when that title showed up during a search, I knew I had to find out more. The title itself had me laughing, and the poster had me hoping there might be more of the actor climbing up the ships mast after the 'she' that I assumed he was hoping to blow, or be blown by.
The actor in question is Alain Patrick, a man who looks as if he could be the love child of actor Helmut Berger and Edward Albert. There was very little about the actor on the net and most searches turned up material on Alain Delon and Alain Patrick. But... there was enough out there to have me intrigued. Like most soft core films from the 60's and 70's, most of the nudity comes from the women, but the director of Thar She Blows! was clearly aware of Patrick's appeal, and in his nude scenes, there is certainly an equal focus on his beautiful body and butt and there is on his female co-star.
This trailer for the 1968 film is @ six minutes long, but is uncencored and gives you a pretty good idea of the feel of the flick.
Thar She Blows! is about what you would expect, but there was enough of Alain to keep me interested, not to mention an especially brutal 'fish hooking' of one of his male co-stars. Alain went on to write and direct, and maybe known to some for his 1972 movie Blue Money about a French-Canadian who gets caught up in the adult film industry, trying to support his wife and baby. I have not had time to finish Blue Money yet, but did get a copy and there is a bit of more of Alain skin that I will share in a future post.
The images featured here are from both of photographer Dan Nelson's (MaleVisionS) shoots with Van. Most of the color shots are from their first shoot, and the black and whites are primarily from their second shoot. If you look closely, the only differences are in Van's face, his body as Dan noted, looks incredible in both.
Van's physique comes from more than just hours and hours at the gym, but the time he puts into his passion for boxing and kickboxing. Van body is also a walking bill board for his work as both a personal trainer, and as a boxing and kickboxing instructor.
In order to achieve the incredible results you see, Van has trained in many disciplines including; Taekwondo, bodybuilding, power lifting as well as strength & conditioning. Van also practices Wing Chun, a Chinese martial art and form of self-defense utilising both striking and grappling while specializing in close range combat.
'Van's physique is almost as amazing as his personality. There is nothing phony about this guy. In some cases these gifted men can become somewhat Diva's during a shoot which I will put up with to a point but Van knows how to work the camera and also will take direction with a smile. He is a total professional. I hope others enjoy his work as much as I enjoyed shooting it.'
Dan captures Van in beautifully strong classical physique poses, along with blending in his own unique style and themes. If you search MaleVisionS on FH, you will see that I have featured the Arizona photographers work using many of the elements that he weaves within his imagery. From the plain white towel, to his use of various styles of modern and antique chairs, you can see, especially from the shot above, how skillfully Dan uses these elements to best spotlight the male form in front of his camera.