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REAL MEN traces the development of the Tough Guy from the beginnings of Bogart and John Wayne to the ultimate coolness of Steve McQueen and Clint Eastwood, to the machos of the 80s and the role models of today. While going back and forth in time, the film speaks about much more than just masculinity on screen. Leading men don't start their service out of nowhere, they are always a sign of the times. The film digs deeper: How are these men made or even manufactured? What forces prevail in molding them? Reality has long since caught up with cinema. The Tough Guy image has made it into politics and has been, once again, relentlessly perpetuated in mainstream movies. Was it really so wise to leave the definition of manhood to cinema? And who's going to control the screen from now on? Visually the film is a stunning re-examination of how manhood works for the big screen and its influence on men around the world. In the context of what has been going on in society and behind the scenes of big film productions, the documentary offers a new framing of the topic for a new critical assessment of macho cinema.

Hasko Baumann is an experienced filmmaker who made his international mark with the documentary MOEBIUS REDUX in 2007 which won Comic Best Documentary and Judges’ Choice Award at the Comic Con Festival in San Diego and screened at international festivals from CPH:DOX to Sao Paulo. He has been an avid fan of horror and action movies since before he was legally allowed to see them. He also loves food and has become a regular director for the Austrian TV series THE BEST CHEFS IN THE WORLD. His other films include: ABOUT MEN (short, 2013), co-direction on THE DONALD DUCK PRINCIPLE (2014), BEEF – FOR MEN WITH TASTE (series, 2015), and REAL MEN (2019).
Genre Action
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2019
Director Hasko Baumann
Cinematography Mario Hötschl
Producer Edda Baumann-von Broen
Production Company avanti media plus
Length 90 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.78
Original Version
 English, German, French
Subtitled Version English

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