That Man: Peter Berlin | 2005

Documentary
Tracing the story of Peter Berlin-- poster boy for the hedonistic and sexually-liberated 1970s--over the past 40 years.
Director: Jim Tushinski
Writers: N/A

Cast

... Himself

Actor

... Himself

Actor

Company

Gorilla Factory Productions

Production Company

Synopsis

With his trademark Dutchboy haircut, Tom of Finland physique, and oh-so-tight trousers, Peter Berlin was the poster boy for the hedonistic and sexually-liberated 1970s. The documentary traces the story of Mr. Berlin over the past 40 years, from his birth in wartime Germany to his current life in San Francisco. Photographed by Robert Mapplethorpe and Andy Warhol, drawn by Tom of Finland, and lusted after by countless fans, Peter Berlin was more than just a piece of eye candy. A talented artist, photographer, and filmmaker, he starred in two underground gay erotic classics from the early 1970s, "Nights in Black Leather" and "That Boy," which he also directed. But he was his own biggest creation, a carefully constructed, unattainable icon awash in eroticism. The overview includes interviews with notables including director John Waters, author Armistead Maupin, adult film legend Jack Wrangler, director Wakefield Poole, artist Robert W. Richards, and more; plus interviews with friends, fans, and, of course, Peter Berlin himself, still looking remarkably boyish in his early 60s. As well, archived photos (all self-portraits by Berlin) and film clips further reveal the full scope of Berlin's impressive body of work.

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