Synopsis from Vinegar Syndrome and short film list:
Set in the Fire Island Pines and starring Casey Donovan in three sexual vignettes, BOYS IN THE SAND changed gay men’s lives, made Fire Island an international tourist destination and introduced straight audiences to gay sex in a positive and beautifully shot way.
Poole began experimenting with Super 8 and 16mm film the year prior to releasing BOYS IN THE SAND and this DVD presents four surviving short films:
“Andy” – Poole’s dizzying look at an Andy Warhol retrospective
“A Gift” – a Fire Island-shot precursor to Boys in the Sand
“Head Film” – an experimental and humorous rainy day romp
“Vittorio” – a stop-motion cutout animated film
There's no dialogue. Just sex. Lots of sex including everything from rimming to blow jobs, anal, gyrating... all the stuff you might expect from an adult feature with all an all male cast. Each scene is scored by a piece of classical music (which reminds me of both The Bible and Bijou from Poole). Sex scenes go from one scene to another with no narrative or plot and yet you don't necessarily feel like this was meant to be a tissue box and personal lube sort of movie. Somehow, between the flesh on flesh, you seem to feel like you're peaking in on two lovers and not a gratuitous display of lust. It's partially due to the environment, part due to the music, but I suppose if you had to watch a bunch of guys screwing around, these would be the ones to watch displaying the 1970's equivalent of attractive including hair and pubic hair styles. Large hard cocks for everyone!
I'm not prude. I can dig it, and I think that if you enjoy gay pornography you'll eat this one up, however I think there's more here than a smathering of dicks on screen. There's passion and emotion that maybe only Wakefield Poole knows how to bring to the table. Another excellent preservation that looks pretty darn good with minimal correction, and a good transfer for a DVD. Remember you all get a pile of shorts from Poole as well. If you're a fan of Bijou, this will certainly pique your interest.
You can order Boys in the Sand now.