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That Man: Peter Berlin (2005)

Unrated | | Documentary, Biography | 28 April 2005 (USA)
This intimate film reveals the legendary man with the white saran wrapped pants, undersized leather vests, and Dutch-boy haircut who is the iconic Peter Berlin.

Director:

Jim Tushinski

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Credited cast:
Peter Berlin Peter Berlin ... Himself
Armistead Maupin ... Himself - Author
John Waters ... Himself - FIlmmaker
Jack Wrangler ... Himself - Adult Film Actor
Daniel Nicoletta Daniel Nicoletta ... Himself - Photographer (as Dan Nicoletta)
Wakefield Poole Wakefield Poole ... Himself - Filmmaker
Robert W. Richards Robert W. Richards ... Himself - Artist
John F. Karr John F. Karr ... Himself - Porn Reviewer
Rick Castro Rick Castro ... Himself - Filmmaker / Photographer
Guy Clark Guy Clark ... Himself - 'The Flower Man' of San Francisco
Lawrence Helman Lawrence Helman ... Himself - Producer / Publicist
Robert Boulanger Robert Boulanger ... Himself - Neighbor and Building Manager
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marc Majors Marc Majors ... Himself - James (Peter's longtime friend) (archive footage)
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He slept with Sal Mineo, was photographed by Andy Warhol, and he was lusted after by millions of men around the world. Model, photographer, filmmaker, clothing designer, and porn icon Peter Berlin is his own greatest creation. Berlin is front and center in this bio documentary from director Jim Tushinski, and featuring interviews with director John Waters, novelist Armistead Maupin, 70s porn Director Wakefield Poole and more, all with Berlin as the subject. This intimate film reveals the legendary man with the white saran wrapped pants, undersized leather vests, and Dutch-boy haircut. Written by TrivWhiz

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Taglines:

Artist Model Porn Star Legend / He Was His Own Work of Art See more »


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USA | Canada

Language:

English | French | Spanish | Portuguese | German

Release Date:

28 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Peter Berlin Story See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,579, 13 January 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$55,398, 26 February 2006
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Black and White (film clips and archive photographs)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

During one of the shots of Peter Berlin walking the streets of San Francisco, his voiceover describes himself as sixty years old. At the time of filming in 2003 and 2004, he was 59 and 60 years old, when the film was released gradually in 2005 and 2006, he was 61 and 62 years old. See more »

Goofs

When showing the black and white still photo of young Peter with his parents and brother, the camera pans up and focuses in on Peter's brother, not Peter himself. Peter is actually the boy on the far right of the screen. See more »

Crazy Credits

Excerpts From Nights in Black Leather (1973), That Boy (1974), Blueboys, Ciro and Peter Courtesy Peter Berlin See more »

Connections

References Boots & Saddles (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Captain Groovy and His Bubble Gum Army
Published by Super Bubble Music Corp.
A Product of Kasenetz-Katz
Used by permission
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Beautiful, passionate and honest doco of a fine artist
28 April 2005 | by jvframeSee all my reviews

This feature length documentary gives us an honest and privileged look at the life and times of the large-as-life unrestrainedly gay character, the perpetually beautiful "Peter Berlin". We meet the very attractive man (now in his sixties) who lived that character nearly 24/7 in the early 70's. He is a very talented photographic artist (and his own model) who cared much less for money than he did for enjoying life and artistic expression. He is also just as proudly gay in private life.

Instead of feeling like mere voyeurs (and there's plenty of pleasing imagery on offer) we really do gain a valuable insight into a life lived to the max - including enduring love and the grief of loss. We hear testimonies on how Peter Berlin's persona affected his contemporaries, including gay icons John Waters and Armistead Maupin.

This is a wonderful and unique film.

P.S. It's warming to know that some beautiful people are also genuinely nice guys.


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