LBJBR’s 15 Minutes of Cinematic Fame – Joe Dallesandro – Mainstream Male Nudity Pioneer

For all the time cinema has spent filming women in various states of undress, there have been a singular lack of men flying in the wind. Well, we here at LBJBR are all page view whores. So, though I could spend my dissecting, for our great followers and readers, (PS. Follow us and like us if you want to see more of what is on this page or whatever) Andrew Sarris’ auteur theory, I will , instead, begin our new series of articles and present a look at people in the world of film , through one way or another, became famous for a brief time. First up, is one of the first male actors to become famous for taking off his clothes – Joe Dallesandro.

Funny how throughout the history of cinema, the onscreen nudity has been one way traffic – female. Anyone with a little bit of cinema history knowledge knows few male actors are, if anything, shy. Leave it to pop-art enthusiast Andy Warhol and under-appreciated underground film director Paul Morrissey to change that. They came across a handsome ruffian by the name of Joe Dallesandro, who was supporting himself as a nude model.

Director Morrissey would put shape to Warhol’s vision and translate it onto the screen. Warhol

” “In my movies, everyone’s in love with Joe Dallesandro.”

Dallesandro was able to bring to the screen the raw sexuality that Warhol believed he had, Combined with the adept, sensual direction from Paul Morrissey, the films Dallesandro, Morrissey, and Warhol would make together would find a large female following. As well, the male audience would find their share of visual delights in the beautiful actresses, who appeared in the nude as well, opposite Dallesandro.

The nud i ty aside, the films the trio made together weren’t without their merit as well, the most notable being Heat, which co-starred noted actress Sylvia Miles. Wikipedia –

” The film was conceived by Warhol as a parody of Sunset Boulevard (1950).”

The cult following that Dallesandro began to accrue would help him crossover somewhat to mainstream pop culture, allowing him to appear in TV shows and films.