Him (lost gay pornographic Jesus film; 1974)


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Him
Gustav Von Will portraying Jesus in Him.
Gustav Von Will portraying Jesus in Him.
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Him is a 1974 movie that loosely references the life of Jesus Christ with homosexual pornographic content. The film's protagonist is a man with an erotic obsession with Christ.

It first received mainstream attention in 1980, when it was featured in the book The Golden Turkey Awards, for which it won "Most Unerotic Concept in Pornography". The next page claimed one film written about didn't exist, leading many to believe that Him was a fictitious film. However, it was soon discovered that the fake film in the book was Dog of Norway.

Several fragments relating to the movie have resurfaced, including a few advertisements and reviews from online newspaper archives. Additionally, the identity of the late actor portraying Jesus was uncovered as Gustav Von Will (aka "Tava") in a blog post,[1] thanks to correspondence from his former partner, Vinny Parrillo.

It was screened at the 55th Street Playhouse in New York from 27 March to 23 May 1974. It returned to the Playhouse on December 6th, 1974, and January 1976. The film also played at the Bijou Theatre in Chicago, David Theater in New York, and the Penthouse II Theatre in Pittsburgh.[2] No footage has resurfaced in any form since, however.

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References

  1. Him page on obscurityandbeyond.blogspot.com, the blog that received correspondence from Vinny Parrillo. Retrieved 26 Feb '13.
  2. Extensive essay on the film. Retrieved 12 Mar '17.

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Mrkoolnerd

12 months ago
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Divine Images: A History of Jesus on the Screen another book briefly mentions this film
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Anonymous user #1

6 months ago
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This is got to be the craziest idea for a porno I have ever seen and I thought Super Hornio Bros (starring Ron Jeremy) was insane.
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Nscott144

3 months ago
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This isn't the craziest idea. for a porno about Jesus, I've seen worse
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Double - U

4 months ago
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As well as the NYC premiere, the film was also played in Chicago and various people have claimed to have seen it in Massachusetts, California, Canada and even as far as Scandinavia.

There has been a long-standing rumor that 'Ed D. Louie' is a pseudonym for Edward D. Wood Jr. However, there is very little evidence to support this. Indeed, Wakefield Poole, who directed various other gay porn films around the time, confirmed to me that he saw the film during its run in the 55th St Playhouse. He stated "I remember it was made by a Chinese man who was an uncle of Frank Lee, the owner of the playhouse. [He] was called Mr. Louie. He managed the theater during a period of 2 years."

After some further looking for anything regarding the Frank Lee mentioned by Poole, I found an article talking about a young Chinese man running a theater in California named Frank Lee Jr. I found his website* and contacted him asking if he was related to the man who owned the Playhouse. He confirmed that he is indeed related. Thus, if Wakefield is to be believed, we have a living relative of the director.

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Anonymous user #2

3 months ago
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Wow! I didn't know that.
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Mrkoolnerd

3 months ago
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what part of Scandinavia there are three countries in that area
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Double - U

3 months ago
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Unfortunately, I cannot elaborate on which part of Scandinavia the film was supposedly shown in. I don't really have any source for this bar a single comment from a man claiming to have heard of it being screened somewhere in Scandinavia while he was stationed in Spain c. 1978. It's completely unverified and shouldn't be taken as gospel for the time being.
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3 months ago
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He probably saw this http://www.s...om/isaw.html
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RetroGameFan9000

3 months ago
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That's different movie (from Denmark). http://www.i...ttrel_rel_tt
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Anonymous user #3

3 months ago
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I know, I meant that Scandinavian screening.
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Double - U

3 months ago
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That's actually very possible. Good find.
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Double - U

3 months ago
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I've posted this on the forums, but I feel it might be worth putting here as well. My research partner and I are currently working on a short essay regarding the history of this film.

We've been in contact with many of the key players in the search, including but not limited to Vincent Parillo, David Tipmore, 'KrakenSlayer' and Billy A. Anderson. In our research, We've come across a good amount of information that doesn't seem to be listed anywhere online. Certainly, a lot of stuff not mentioned here on the wiki.

We hope for the essay to be finished by around this time next week. Expect a link here as soon as it's done.
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Double - U

3 months ago
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Essay linked. Someone a bit better at editing might want to update this page.
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Anonymous user #4

16 days ago
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some things are left unseen...... this is one of them.
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Anonymous user #5

14 days ago
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Some things are just meant to remain lost...
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