Art or Porn?: Filmmakers Who Tested the Limits

These films were censored for obscenity when they first screened. Now they are shown at museums and on YouTube.

BY Christopher Harrity

August 01 2014 4:00 AM ET

Wakefield Poole's Boys in the Sand
Did Wakefield Poole know he was inventing porno chic when he made Boys in the Sand? The 1971 film stars Casey Donovan who became astoundingly well-known and sought after because of his all-American looks and rapacious sexual film performance. Boys in the Sand was the first gay porn film to achieve crossover success and one of the earliest porn films of any genre to gain mainstream credibility, preceding 1972's Deep Throat by nearly a year. The film also cemented Fire Island's reputation as a hedonistic paradise. The film's title is a parodic reference to the Mart Crowley play and film The Boys in the Band.

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