Category Archives: porn

Call Me By Your Name

We take a break from porn today to recommend Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name (now in theatres in the US; In Italy this coming February): achingly beautiful. Breathtaking.

But also to take a step back and reflect on the sad state of porn these days. You’ll find more erotic tension –and infinitely more meaningful– in “Call Me By Your Name” than in most porn schlock out there (formulaic scenes, reality crap, bareback hydraulics, silly parodies and offensive gimmicks). What happened to the art form –and the filmmakers– that once explored the human condition? That once knew how to build characters’ arcs and to shape our sexual psyche? What is porn today, what it used to be and what should it be?  Time to re-discover the pioneers: Tom DeSimone, Steve Scott, the early Joe Gage… Time to say no to piracy and the cancer of  ‘corporate’ porn (you all know whom and what I mean)

Below yesterday night’s screening in Hollywood, with director Luca Guadagnino and young Timothee Chalamet

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Remembering Tony Patrioli

Friend. Mentor. Legend. Italian photographer (and executive producer of our “Journey to Italy”) Tony Patrioli left us, after a long illness. His latest photobook, RAGAZZI DEL MEDITERRANEO, published by Bruno Gmuender, is due out in November and can be pre-ordered at Amazon

“There is a time and place for everything”, writes Gmuender. “Tony Patrioli’s time were the 60s to 80s of the 20th century and his place was Italy. During his carreer as a photographer, he captured something long lost in todays society: young men from the Mediterranean sea, mostly heterosexual, who were comfortable in their bodies and willing to show the world – even in poses that can be seen as arousing and homoerotic. Tony Patrioli cultivated nude art, obviously inspired by the photography of Wilhelm von Gloeden, a 19th century German photographer who is mostly known for his pastoral nude studies of Sicilian boys. Asked why Gloeden had such an impact on him, Patrioli answers: “Because Gloeden was the only male nude photographer that was not banned in Italy at the time and because his imagination in part coincided with mine. The American bodybuilders photos seemed to me too far away from the world and from the guys I saw around me.“  Ciao, Tony

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In memory of John Travis

Director John Travis is gone (for the AVN obit, click here). From his early days at Brentwood, Falcon and Huge, to his Catalina blockbusters in the mid ’80s, to the co-founding of Studio2000 in ’92, Travis has helped shape gay porn like few others. He is… he was the golden age of porn. With lofty budgets, large crews and even bigger production values.  We stand on the shoulders of giants –even when we forget them (and it happens all too often). I learned my trade from Kristen Bjorn, Gino Colbert, George Duroy. And yes, I was lucky to work for John as a PA on a Jeff Stryker’s production (“JS Big Time”, ’95) and as a Production Manager for VCA’s blockbuster “Stryker’s Underground” (’97).

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Much of the  online ‘amateur’ wave of the 2000s stemmed as a reaction against what Travis (and Studio2000) stood for: beauty vs reality (or pseudo reality), the ‘studio system’ and its aesthetics (the ‘star system’, the formulaic scripts and the Hollywood-style cinematography/decoupage) vs. no aesthetics at all. And yet, where’s porn today? I remember each and all of Travis’ lush productions, I don’t remember, nor care for the majority of fungible online porn ‘loops’ produced these days –with little money, 0 skills, 0 ambitions and little imagination. Thank you, Jim (John’s real name). For the memories and the beautiful dreams.

Assistant for a Day | the 2016 edition

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In 2014, two lucky winners, one from the UK, the other from Italy were flown to the set in Sicily. Not just as spectators, but as firsthand participants. This Fall, we’re doing it all again: subscribe to LucasKazan before September 30th and you’ll be automatically entered into the 2016 sweepstake: two winners will be flown to Milano/Italy and will join the cast/crew for two nights in late October –all expenses paid. What goes on on the set? What really happens between takes?  Join us at LucasKazan and win a chance (2 chances) to find out…

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