Hidden Master: The Legacy of George Platt Lynes

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At the French Institute:

MON 10/06 ● 8pm

Title: Hidden Master: The Legacy of George Platt Lynes
Direction: Sam Shahid
Cast: George Platt Lynes, Vince Aletti, Don Bachardy, Vincent Cianni, John Connely, James Crump, Jarrett Earnest
Production: Antinous Films
Distribution: Obscured Picture
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 96’
Country: United States
Year: 2023
VO in English. Subtitles in Spanish

Festivals: Arvika (Sweden), Beirut (independent film), Boston (LGBTI), Geelong (Australia, LGBTI), Hamptons (documentaries), Indianapolis (LGBTI), London (LGTBI), Los Angeles (LGBTI), Miami (LGTBI), Montreal (art about cinema), New York (LGBTI), Oslo (LGTBI), Palm Beach, Paris (fashion cinema), Portland (LGTBI), Provincetown, Rochester (LGTBI), San Diego, San Francisco (LGTBI), Sarasota, Seattle, Thessaloniki (documentaries), Utrecht (LGTBI)

First showing in Spain

George Platt Lynes began his career photographing celebrities, and it’s those portraits along with his extravagant fashion work that he’s best remembered for today. However, George’s heart, his passion, and his greatest talent lay elsewhere, in his work with the male nude. This work, sensuous and radically explicit for its time, has only recently begun being fully discovered and appreciated for the revolution that it represents — a man capturing his fantasies as a gift, a window to a future his camera saw coming before anyone else. Hidden Master features a stunning collection of photography from the 1930s-50s, uncovering the life of Lynes less known: his gifted eye for the male form, his longterm friendships with Gertrude Stein and Alfred Kinsey, and his lasting influence as one of the first openly gay American artists.