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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.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Peter Berlin ... Himself
... Himself - Author
... Himself - FIlmmaker
... Himself - Adult Film Actor
Daniel Nicoletta ... Himself - Photographer (as Dan Nicoletta)
Wakefield Poole ... Himself - Filmmaker
Robert W. Richards ... Himself - Artist
John F. Karr ... Himself - Porn Reviewer
Rick Castro ... Himself - Filmmaker / Photographer
Guy Clark ... Himself - 'The Flower Man' of San Francisco
Lawrence Helman ... Himself - Producer / Publicist
Robert Boulanger ... Himself - Neighbor and Building Manager
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marc Majors ... Himself - James (Peter's longtime friend) (archive footage)
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Storyline

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


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Release Date:

28 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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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1.33 : 1
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The footage of Sal Mineo is taken from Who Killed Teddy Bear (1965). 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 »

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References Serial Mom (1994) See more »

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Captain Groovy and His Bubble Gum Army
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Biographical Documentary of gay icon/porn star Peter Berlin
29 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of joining a near capacity audience for the North American Premier of "That Man: Peter Berlin" at the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. The film provides a provocative and entertaining look at the life of this 70's gay sex icon who has for years shunned any camera but his own. Containing hundreds of Berlin's pictures of himself (every inch of himself), his vain, self absorbed persona drew me in much as it apparently drew in thousands when he was a 30 year old exhibitionist hunk cruising the streets of San Francisco in his white, skin tight, pants (with a bushel sized basket) and blonde page-boy haircut in the 70's.

Armistead Maupin, John Waters and porn legend Jack Wrangler, together with Producer Lawrence Helman provide insight and commentary into this extraordinary life. Robert Maplethorpe and Andy Warhol provided a glowing peer review from the grave of this interesting photographer cum street performance artist. Possibly most remarkable was the on camera interaction between the Director and the painfully shy Armin (Berlin's real name) about his life experience and his unique take on sex and sexuality.

Director, Jim Tushinski, did a remarkable job of introducing us to both the persona "Peter Berlin" and the reclusive 62 year old from San Francisco who created this iconic persona during his youth.

This is Tushinski's first documentary. While the 80 minutes passed quickly with so much eye candy, the film could benefit from some additional editing and deletion of some stock footage of seemingly irrelevant gay pride parades and such improving both the pace and the length of the film.


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