Him (lost gay pornographic Jesus film; 1974)
Gustav Von Will portraying Jesus in Him.
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, 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, The Sansom Cinema in Philadelphia, Nob Hill Theatre in San Fransisco, the Gay Paree theatre in Atlanta, the Wood Six 1 in Highland Park, David Theater in New York, the Penthouse II Theatre in Pittsburgh, and the Adonis theatre in New York. No footage has resurfaced in any form since.
Newspaper ad for Him 1/4
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Newspaper review for Him
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Ad from December 2nd, 1974
Ad from the Chicago Tribune, dated January 31st, 1975
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February 5th, 1975
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San Fransisco Examiner, February 9th, 1975
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February 11th, 1975
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Philadelphia Daily News, February 17th, 1975
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February 20th, 1975
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February 21st, 1975
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Atlanta Constitution, March 17th, 1975
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March 30th, 1975
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Detroit Free Press, April 16th, 1975
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Ad from April 28th, 1975
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Ad from May 21st, 1975
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Ad from January 12th, 1976
- Him page on obscurityandbeyond.blogspot.com, the blog that received correspondence from Vinny Parrillo. Retrieved 26 Feb '13.
- Extensive essay on the film. Retrieved 12 Mar '17.