In 1991 was released Daddy and the Muscle Academy, a documentary about artist Touko Valio Laaksonen aka Tom of Finland, one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century gay culture. Years later in 2017, award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski brings to screen the life and work of the artist in a biopic movie that tells a different but true story.
The movie is about Touko Laaksonen life from the end of World War II to the end of the 80's. We learn so much about him, like he was a decorated officer, returning home after a heroic experience serving his country. But life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing for the young man. He found his peaceful Helsinki becoming a city full of persecution targeting homosexual men around him, himself was being pressured to marry a woman and have children like any men should at this time. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specializing in homoerotic drawings of muscular white men. Free of inhibitions, his drawings was the only way for him to publicly express his feelings and most of his erotic desires. His work has been made famous by his signature 'Tom of Finland' and became the emblem of a generation of white men who was going to fan the flames of a western gay revolution just before the event of Stonewall and the first Gay Pride.
The movie was first a crowdfunded project on IndieGoGo.
Watch Full Movie on Cameo (Spanish): www.cameo.es
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