Release Date: January 13th, 2006 (NYC-Cinema Village) by Gorilla Factory Productions.
Directed by Jim Tushinski.
BASIC PREMISE: A documentary about Peter Berlin, a gay icon from the1970ís whose unique fashion statement led to a brief modeling and acting career in the gay porn industry.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Writer/direct Jim Tushinski does a very good job of showing Peter Berlin in all of his liveliness, eccentricity, and unique charm. Just by looking at the way Peter Berlin dressed in the 1970ís, you can tell that heís not just any person. With his tight pants, Dutchboy haircut, open sexuality and muscular physique, he definitely stood out among the crowds of San Francisco. He was enough influential to get famous director John Waters to talk to about himóhighly, of course. Armstead Maupin, author of Tales of the City , also discusses how much Berlin means to him. Berlin used his unique looks to help boost the porn industry during the 1970ís in gay films like Nights in Black Leather and That Boy . Most of the men he met back then ended up sleeping with him in bed, so they didnít really get to know him on a personal level. Fortunately, Berlin gets interviewed from his San Francisco apartment. Judging by his small, humble abode you would never suspect that heís no ordinary man. It would have been interesting if he was asked about the impact of AIDS, but itís implicit. That Man ultimately succeeds in bringing him to life rather than letting him just be a striking image on the screen or in a photograph. Now in his early 60ís, he has genuine warmth and even youthful energy.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: Itís somewhat uplifting and inspiring to watch somebody who doesnít conform to social norms yet remains content, lively, andóabove allósane. He seems very liberated by his laidback lifestyle, although, fundamentally, every life has some degree of hardship. Whatís truly remarkable about him is that even though he lives alone, he never appears to be lonely.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
IN A NUTSHELL: A lively, warm, and engaging documentary!
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)
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