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  • Summary: With his trademark Dutchboy haircut, Tom of Finland physique, and oh-so-tight trousers, Peter Berlin was the poster boy for the hedonistic and sexually liberated 1970s. Director Jim Tushinski's fascinating, sexy, and ultimately touching portrait, That Man: Peter Berlin, traces Berlin's storyWith his trademark Dutchboy haircut, Tom of Finland physique, and oh-so-tight trousers, Peter Berlin was the poster boy for the hedonistic and sexually liberated 1970s. Director Jim Tushinski's fascinating, sexy, and ultimately touching portrait, That Man: Peter Berlin, traces Berlin's story over the past 40 years, from his birth in wartime Germany to his current life in San Francisco, turning the elusive sex icon into a human being. (Gorilla Factory Productions) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    90
    One of the enduring icons of gay male eroticism, the phenomenon known as Peter Berlin is explored, explained, ogled and interviewed in the superb documentary That Man: Peter Berlin.
  2. 75
    Meet Peter Berlin - the man whose eccentric life style has earned him the title the Garbo of gay porn.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    Among those who are on hand to offer their own feelings about the man known as Peter Berlin and his art are fellow porn legend Jack Wrangler, groundbreaking gay writer Armistead Maupin, pornographer Wakefield Poole and director John Waters, who remembers Peter from his days in San Francisco, and still doesn't quite get what he's all about.
  4. Fortunately, Tushinski strikes the right balance throughout, interspersing old erotic photos and stills from Berlin's adult films with entertaining, current-day sound bites.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Sylvester
    50
    Tushinski must spin Berlin's self-portrait photography and well-documented peacocking as more than predictable narcissism.
  6. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    50
    Pic offers standard mix of digitally shot interview material with the elusive main subject himself, with archive footage and talking heads to assess Berlin's impact on gay culture.
  7. Reviewed by: Jim Healy
    50
    Despite Berlin's frankness about his personal love life and his preference for being watched when he's not having sex, the Garbo of gay porn remains elusive, largely because Tushinski doesn't seem to see the ironies and contradictions in his subject's life. He's much better when exploring Berlin's aesthetic and working methods.

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. DeniseL.
    Jul 16, 2006
    10
    This was a very well made, informative, entertaining and fair documentary. Jim Tushinski did a very good job sharing some of the story of This was a very well made, informative, entertaining and fair documentary. Jim Tushinski did a very good job sharing some of the story of Peter Berlin--my friend. Peter Berlin is a beautiful person both inside and out. He is a kind spirit and he is a valuable, intelligent, introspective, wise and peace-promoting person who never hurt a soul. In fact, he has done many very nice things for people that not many folks know about. So, people should not be so quick to cast value judgement on him beacuse there is a LOT more to him than meets the eye and he deserves love, respect and dignity. He is not to be underestimated. Sincerely, Denise LaFrance, Canada. Collapse
  2. MarkB.
    May 24, 2007
    7
    It is sad in a way. Peter became a true gay cultural icon but never really benifited from the permanent impression he has left on the history It is sad in a way. Peter became a true gay cultural icon but never really benifited from the permanent impression he has left on the history of gay culture. Expand
  3. JohnsonS.
    Feb 8, 2006
    2
    This guy is a nothing trying to be a gay Garbo. A film as boring as the central character.

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