Earlier this year I was happy to be able to feature New Manhattan Studios work with Italian heartthrob Marco. (A Consuming Coiffure) I am a sucker for a tall, lean, not to mention hot, guy
with long hair, and the poofier the hair... the better!
In the mix of images that Wes sent on were this series featuring Marco holding, playing and wrapping himself around the Italian flag. I loved the way Marco used the flag in his poses, and way Wes and Alex captured the vibrant green, red and whites. Wes wrote a bit about this particular series of shots on NMS's site and the words below are from his blog post about the shoot.
'For those of us of a certain age, many of the brightest stars in the firmament of international media celebrities have Italian names. In the decades immediately following World War II, Italian cinema flourished and names such as Fellini and Antonioni were world renown. Italy defined la dolce vita (the beautiful life) for the world, from design, fashion and cuisine to the cinematic arts. Italian cinema reeked of cool, sexy chic. Italian beauties Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida were international sex symbols.'
'Heir to this tradition is Marco, a 6'1", 22-year-old model from Naples. At the time of his sessions, he was studying acting at one of the leading drama schools in New York; appropriately enough, the alma mater of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Marlon Brando. We can’t vouch for his acting skills, but having worked as a model in Europe, Marco is a natural in front of the camera. But if looks count for anything in this business (duh!), watch for this face. Marco backs up his contemporary European sense of style and sexy jock vibe with traditional Italian good looks.'
'We had the good fortune to schedule two sessions with him during his time in New York. The first was our year-end post in 2014. The second session was captured less than a half year later in early 2015, before the end of his term at school. Marco's is one of several 2015 photo sessions that are just now being brought out of the vault. Whereas his first session had more of a fashion focus, Marco's second session was a physique art session that included implied and partial nudes. A number of the images are available in the studio's Fine Art Gallery and still more in Captured Shadows, the studio's physique art portfolio. Marco is one of three models featured in Captured Shadows #4.'
'We hope you enjoy this follow-up session with one of our favorite models. With the opening of his second gallery, we have written Marco to make sure we get on his calendar for one of his future trips to New York as a model or actor. Since we started by talking ‘60s names, I’ll toss in another for you. I have refrained from using any pictures of myself on the blog, but the shot below of Marco at work in front of two panels (being used as light modifiers) was my favorite behind-the-scenes shot from his session. So just this once, I’m making an exception. Let’s think of my visage on the right as a tribute to the famed 60s director, Alfred Hitchcock. (If you’re old enough, you’ll understand.)'
'Crown Prince Rudolf spends his days wastefully indulging in his most base desires on his sprawling lush estate, filled with young nubile and nude women and a plethora of randy, nude men.'
Sounds like a good pitch for a movie to me! Especially when the Crown Prince is played by the delicious Hungarian actor Lajos Balázsovits. The clip that added below is just the first few minutes of the movie which begins with a naked Rudolf waking from a nap, taking a dip and playing and kissing pretty much everyone he encounters, including his nanny.
Although 1976's Vizi Privati, Pubbliche Virtù (Private Vices, Public Pleasures) is about Rudolf, as well as his half-brother and half-sister, trying cut free, and stay free from Rudolf's father, it boils down to pretty much an hour and of half of naked bodies dancing, playing and having sex. Lajos is naked for much of the movie, and when he's dressed, there is usually someone naked around him.
After re-watching Fanny Hill for a post I did a week or so ago, I was anxious to find another sexy period piece. Private Vices, Public Pleasures certainly fit the bill! Unlike many soft core films of the time, the male naked body is given as much attention, or more as the female body. So much so in fact, that the female lead, and the object of Rudolf's attention, the beautiful, Mary Vetsera (Teresa Ann Savoy) is a hermaphrodite, something that doesn't seem to faze the Crown Prince even for a second.
The film has it's share of drama, but for the most part is is almost a musical. Men an women dancing and skipping around naked enjoying the day, the music and each other. Lajos is captivating as the Prince, slim, but open to sharing his body with pretty much everyone he encounters. The actor worked sporadically through the seventies, but his roles began to decrease and now 70, seems to have retired with his last credit in 2010.
In addition to the clip I posted below, you can see an uncensored trailer, giving a good feel of the film on Vimeo HERE:
If you want to download the HD clip of this scene (the films first few minutes) I uploaded it to Spendspace HERE: