The Bob Mizer Foundation’s latest DVD, “The Male Form in Motion: 19 Films for Artistic Study” has been released and is now for sale online at The Foundation’s website.
The DVD, a diverse compilation of 19 short films spanning 1964 to 1981, features models performing a variety of calisthenics, from jumping jacks to running in place to shadowboxing. The Foundation’s previous release of “Socially Redeeming Value” explored the male figure in the decade between the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1957 ruling that media could be labeled obscene unless they included any ‘social redeeming values,” and its 1968 legalization of sexual nudity.
“It only made sense to include a selection of short films from roughly that era to the beginning of the 1980s, shortly after the end of pornography’s golden age, when Bob Mizer’s films became much more blatantly sexual in nature,” says Dennis Bell, founder and president of the Bob Mizer Foundation. “In a way, through these films, we can see the country’s social mores evolve before our very eyes.”
Where media itself is concerned, the male form in motion predates Mizer by nearly 50 years. The English photographer Edweard Muybridge is perhaps best known for his ability to prove, using a series of 12 cameras, that all four hooves on a horse lifted off the ground while trotting.
It only made sense to include a selection of short films from roughly that era to the beginning of the 1980s, shortly after the end of pornography’s golden age, when Bob Mizer’s films became much more blatantly sexual in nature. In a way, through these films, we can see the country’s social mores evolve before our very eyes.
“Muybridge’s later work focused on males at play, or exercising. These figures were usually either nude or only lightly clothed,” Bell notes. “Whether these men were carrying buckets of water, playing leapfrog, or walking up and down stairs, the focus of the images was obviously on the model’s body and the muscles used to perform each task.”
The DVD shows that physique photographers and videographers have certainly come a long way since that time, according to Bell.
“Whereas Muybridge’s subjects were detached from the activity going on around them, merely objects to be studied, Mizer’s models are responsive to the director and to one another,” Bell continues. “They don’t just do exercises in front of a camera – there’s a playfulness about them that’s made them so appealing for so many decades.”
The 19 films feature a broad cross section of Mizer models between the nearly 20 years covered by the compilation. The featured models include cherubic Jim Giussi, the boyish Warner brothers, and Randy Caine, whom Mizer shot in 1968 and who appears in a Foundation interview shortly before his death in 2015. Trailers, a documentary about the Foundation, as well as restored footage from Mizer model Xan Cherelle, round out the offerings under the ‘extras’ menu.
“I think all of our supporters will find something to enjoy about ‘The Male Form in Motion,’” Bell says, “and one of the joys of producing these DVDs is that there is always something new to learn about Mizer, his techniques, and his world in general.”
“BOB MIZER: The Male Form in Motion: 19 Forms for Artistic Study” is available for sale at The Foundation’s store.
About The Bob Mizer Foundation: Located in San Francisco California, the Bob Mizer Film Archive is the world’s largest repository of original moving images documenting the twentieth century underground physique movement. Spanning five decades (1942-1992), the BMF Archive documents the evolving landscape of Postwar sexual mores through the lens of pioneering artist Bob Mizer. With over 3000 film masters and one million still images, this immense body of work was directly and indirectly instrumental in overcoming legal obstacles to basic human rights regarding censorship and enjoyment of basic personal freedoms. The Bob Mizer Foundation is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of progressive and controversial photography. It is our belief that the most disputed works of art are the most important to the progress of society. The Foundation spurs thought and discussion through the protection and dissemination of photographic material that has been discriminated against, censored or otherwise marginalized. Additional information about Bob Mizer Foundation is available at www.BobMizer.org .