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Le beau mec

Directed by Wallace Potts1979France70 mins

Lost for decades before a print was discovered in an Alabama garage, Le beau mec charts its titular heartthrob (Karl Forest) through a dreamscape of erotic fantasy—from outdoor exploits with fellow soldiers, twink cruising at the gym, onstage self-pleasuring at a cabaret, to a labyrinthine fuckfest at a Parisian fetish club. As the titular ‘handsome guy,’ Forest (also seen in Philippe Vallois’ queer classic Johan) plays Jean-Paul Doux — a Narcissus-like French hustler with a brutish, sculpted exterior. Doux narrates his own sexual history alongside ruminations on male beauty (not least of which his own) and desire.

Legendary for both its onscreen heat and its behind-the-scenes history, Le beau mec notably featured uncredited, but unmistakable contributions from two of director Potts’ paramours: choreography by dancer Rudolf Nureyev and camerawork by Oscar-winning cinematographer Néstor Almendros (Days of HeavenThe Blue Lagoon). With additional photography by François About (Equation to an Unknown), Le beau mec will screen in a dazzling new 4K restoration by IndieCollect in collaboration with Gerald Herman and the Estate of Wallace Potts.

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Short film screening before this feature (In-Person Only):

Big Sur Gay Porn

12 mins

Cult filmmaker Tom DeSimone revisits the production of a lost gay film and resurrects youthful adventures on the California coast.

Expected Guests

Ryan A. White
Director (Big Sur Gay Porn)
Alex Clausen
Producer/Cinematographer (Big Sur Gay Porn)

Program Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Loads will not be screening before Le beau mec. We apologize for this inconvenience, but we will be showing Ryan A. White's Big Sur Gay Porn in its place.

Quick links
Wallace Potts
Running Time
70 mins
French & English
Erotic Evenings, Streaming, Narrative Features
Program Note Writer
Joe Bowman
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