That Man: Peter Berlin details
|Starring:||Rick Castro, Armistead Maupin, Wakefield Poole, Robert W. Richards, John Waters, Jim Warngler, Peter Berlin|
That Man: Peter Berlin
|Run time:||1 hour 20 minutes|
|Rental release:||23 Oct 2006|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Gr8 Moving documentaryBy a customer from London , 31 Oct 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]Right firstly, i'm not gay. I am a rightwing conservative but i am a film lover and will watch anything which is well reviewed and considered 'good'. This movie is a incredible portrait of an vain , intelligent and beautiful man. Making only two porn films, Peter Berlin lived a vibrant & interesting life on the 70's scene meeting people like Mapplethorpe and Warhol as well as generally doing whatever (and whoever ) he liked. As a porn star he was unique taking his own photographs and not being motivated by money but rather by lust and artistic merit came to America at the height of the San Francisco gay scene. Of course this was ravaged by Aids in the 80's and Berlin- through a seemingly paradoxical safe sex obsession- managed to emerge unscathed. He poses the interesting question - having lost everyone close to him, is he not the victim rather than the survivor? I was very moved by the real Berlin a man not interested in publicity or money but only wanting to tell his story. The narrative is powered by contributions from rivals, contemporaries and celebrities like Armistead Maupin and John Waters- who like Elton John is good value in any documentary.Maybe not one to watch with the grandma, but a moving account of a world few of us in the so-called mainstream will ever experience.
By the end of it i wanted a picture oF Berlin. I am even starting to question my own proclivities! just kidding- but he isa strange icon- as beautiful on the inside as on the outside and a hugely entertaining and engaging subject on film holding your interest completely and totally in the same way that Robert S Mcmanamara did in Fog Of War. Yes this documnentary is that good.
It will be underwatched due to its gay content and thats a real shame.
A gr8 film
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InterestingBy Matters (139 reviews) from West Malling, Kent , 22 Feb 2009As an insight into some gay history this is fantastic stuff. This was the famous for being famous thing we get every day now, but back then it was something special. The fact that Peter had talent helped, but his interests were only in himself, not really fame and fortune. To see him now and learn his truth was an interesting experiance.
ThistledownBy a customer from Oxford, England , 24 Nov 2008
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThat's all this is. Sort-of fun, sort-of bland and inconsequential.
John Waters and Armistead Maupin both are always value for your money, and their interviews are very funny. Peter Berlin himself is all cleverness and no depth - a good example of how a very pretty person can capture a zeitgeist by just being there. Overall it gives about 55 minutes of content on 90-odd of play time.
If you're interested in the period and genre, this does have a few gee-whiz points. You could also look it up on IMDB, and watch the other movies it samples (including Berlin's own titles, which look interesting). It was nice to learn that Tom of Finland actually used Berlin as a model... So what?
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008This fim is narcissistic, self indulgent and extremely boring, you will almost certaily fall asleep before the end. It is not worth the rental fee.
Fascinating documentaryBy a customer from Hove , 21 May 2008An amazing insight into somone who definitely pushed the boundarys. It takes some guts to go out dressed the way he did leaving nothing to the imagination. A good documentary on a beautiful person who clearly had a lot of fun throughout his life.
Very BoringBy a customer from Birmingham, England , 31 Dec 2007There is nothing in there at all, just not worth to rent it but if you have no choice, then it is ok!
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