This must-watch documentary takes you on a riveting journey, breaking stereotypes and redefining manhood. Discover the evolution of masculinity in today’s society and gain profound insights into how we see man’s body. Get ready to challenge your perceptions and embrace the modern man’s story in United States.
The documentary film ALL MAN: The International Male Story is like, seriously, a huge example of how Owner Gene Burkard’s idea of just having fun ended up being a total millionaire success, you know? But not only that. It also opened up major doors for all those closeted gay people who were dying to rock some seriously fashionable outfits in lates 70’s and 80’s! Crazy stuff, right?
From directors Bryan Darling and Jesse Finley Reed, the documentary takes us a fascinating glimpse into the incredible journey of a clothing catalog that evolved into a groundbreaking fashion journal of the 20th century. Burkard’s idea of having this “medical garment” pimped out and trying to sell it in San Diego, where it all begins with the ‘Jock Sock.’
Narrated by actor Matt Bomer, who is reading the script of Peter Jones, who is a Primetime Emmy and Peabody award winner, he began his career as a broadcast journalist. Where the education about where the men’s clothing in the United States comes from. We are so thrilled about it and I am expecting nothing less than a great job on information and motivation.
As much as All Man covers the fancy reach of the catalog and brand, what’s really cool about the movie is how it focuses on this small group of carefree outsiders. These guys didn’t know a thing about business, the fashion industry, or even mail order, but somehow they pulled their act together and made millions every year. I got a kick out of the story of Gloria Tomita, the company’s VP and head buyer. She had to stop Burkard from featuring clothes in the catalog that they didn’t even have in stock. But he insisted on including them just because he liked how they looked.
Guys could finally embrace fashion like the ladies and chat about clothes in the same way, sounds familiar?
As All Man explains, the catalog totally changed the game of men’s fashion. Guys could finally embrace fashion like the ladies and chat about clothes in the same way. And let me tell you, it revolutionized everything that we’re still feeling today. The filmmakers totally nailed it by capturing the wild and fun party vibes of the catalog’s early years and the later success. Unlike other fashion documentaries, this one goes beyond just clothes. It dives into lifestyle, culture shifts, and how this epic publication was right smack in the middle of it all.
It’s like, sooo cool, you know? I totally get why they add that cheeky and playful touch when they sell stuff in America. It’s all about grabbing attention and making it fun, right?
Performer Jake Shears, Carson Kressley, they totally spill the beans about the movie! And you know what? They totally dish about their childhood memories of flipping through the catalog and their hilarious reactions!
Oh boy, let me tell you, one of the best parts of the film was having those super cool models from the catalogs: Tony Ward, David Knight, Brian Buzzini (who totally rocked the cover for years), Robert Goold, and a bunch more. And here’s why it’s so darn important – it cracked open the door for loads of straight actors and models to break the stereotype and bring something sooo gay into the mainstream scene. How awesome is that?
Welsh born, NYC based electronic pop musician Rod Thomas is the one who did Original Score for the film.
I’m gonna hook you up with the playlist below so you can give it a listen on Apple Music. Rod was super stoked to be a part of this project, it’s really awesome, the one to go listen is Satisfaction (All Man Theme) its the perfect 80’s synth track, and we’ve been fans of Brightlight X2 for years.
To wrap it up, you don’t have to be part of the community to watch this film. This project is the epitome of the American dream, where a seemingly ridiculous idea transforms into a reality, complete with all the challenges and triumphs that come with pursuing a dream. It has become an integral part of our system. I may not have personally experienced a single catalog (it wasn’t during my time), but when Jake Shears reveals his involvement in the film, specifically when he creates a collage by tearing pages, it struck a chord with me because I used to do that when I was a teenager.
I totally get it, you’ve got to see this film that everyone’s talking about! And you know what’s interesting? Platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, and TikTok give us a glimpse into how cis men are being portrayed as sexualized and provocative nowadays. And how International Male paved the concrete road for so many, including us. It’s definitely something to keep an eye on!
The movie can be rented or bought on all the big digital platforms.