That Man: Peter Berlin
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As the hedonism of the '70s reached a fever-pitch, few gay porn stars achieved the stratospheric level of success as Night in Black Leather and That Boy star Peter Berlin. In filmmaker Jim Tushinski's insightful documentary tracing the career of the boyish gay icon, interviews with famous friends combine with personal reflection by Berlin himself to tell the fascinating tale of how an average wartime baby from Berlin grew up to become a bastion of '70s debauchery. In addition to being photographed by the likes of Andy Warhol and Robert Mapplethorpe, Berlin also served as an… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Tushinski does a nice job of setting up Berlin as a symbol -- remembered by most as a cartoonish character -- and then slowly revealing the man."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"Fortunately, Tushinski strikes the right balance throughout, interspersing old erotic photos and stills from Berlin's adult films with entertaining, current-day sound bites."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Taking a subject this self-obsessed, Tushinksi still manages to portray Mr. Berlin in a flattering light."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"For him, art was the strangest thing: a studied pose of personal expression and sexual abstinence."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Sexy and informative documentary."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"One of the enduring icons of gay male eroticism, the phenomenon known as Peter Berlin, is explored, explained, ogled and interviewed in this minor classic of demimonde hagiography."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"It should come as little surprise that a guy known for his looks doesn't get too philosophically deep"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"This should provide some retro fun for those who recall the gay scene from the early 1970s."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"A workable, if slightly reticent docu portrait of the titular '70s pin-up and porn star."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Variety
"As an interview subject, [Berlin] is by turns arrogant, silly and rather touching."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"An affectionate, respectful film that's never less than engaging, no matter what your knowledge of '70s porn."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"... it's hard to keep your eyes off the film, but Tushinski's subtext of the true value of beauty remains in memory long after the actual images have faded to black."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
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