In the admirably ambitious yet disappointing new film Tom of Finland , director Dome Karukoski and screenwriter Aleksi Bardy cover some forty-odd years in the life of Laaksonen a superb Pekka Strang , a turn of time in which the artist goes from hiding his drawings behind an attic wall to seeing them become celebrated and then iconic, particularly in America. Born in , Laaksonen learned early on to admire men furtively, and save his deepest feelings for the drawing page. A punch in the nose one day, an encounter with a future boyfriend the next. While photographing a motorcycle club on a Helsinki street, Laaksonen grins as the Russian appears and begins grinding his body against the motorcyclists. Such moments are potent, so why does Tom of Finland play like an over-cited term paper? From beginning to end, she stops the movie in its tracks.
Tom of Finland - Exhibitions - David Kordansky Gallery
Pekka Strang stars as the Finnish wartime artist Touko Laaksonen, whose homoerotic illustrations helped create the iconography of gay culture. Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen, known by his nom de plume Tom of Finland, is brought above the radar of cultural history in this well-acted biopic. In postwar Helsinki, in conditions of the gravest illegality, Laaksonen produced thousands on thousands of homoerotic fetish illustrations, showing bulgingly endowed leather-clad guys having an unapologetic good time. The film shows a perhaps imagined episode of Laaksonen killing a Russian parachutist.
Tom of Finland
Tom of Finland is a pseudonym for Laaksonen, who split his time between Finland and California. He is considered one of the best known Finnish artists for his drawings of muscular men wearing tight, black leather uniforms. Textile company Finlayson said on Thursday it hopes to boost its growth internationally with a new range of products sporting Laaksonen's images, which it has licensed from the Tom of Finland Foundation the artist set up before his death in