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That Man: Peter Berlin (2006)

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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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

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Documentary, Drama, Comedy, Special Interest

Jim Tushinski

Jun 13, 2006

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (1)

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.

February 17, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Sexy and informative documentary.

January 13, 2006
New York Post
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A workable, if slightly reticent docu portrait of the titular '70s pin-up and porn star.

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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Fortunately, Tushinski strikes the right balance throughout, interspersing old erotic photos and stills from Berlin's adult films with entertaining, current-day sound bites.

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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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.

January 12, 2006
New York Times
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As an interview subject, [Berlin] is by turns arrogant, silly and rather touching.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Taking a subject this self-obsessed, Tushinksi still manages to portray Mr. Berlin in a flattering light.

February 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

It should come as little surprise that a guy known for his looks doesn't get too philosophically deep

February 2, 2006 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

An affectionate, respectful film that's never less than engaging, no matter what your knowledge of '70s porn.

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

For him, art was the strangest thing: a studied pose of personal expression and sexual abstinence.

December 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

This should provide some retro fun for those who recall the gay scene from the early 1970s.

July 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

... 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.

May 23, 2005 Full Review Source: JWR

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