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Helmut Berger, Actor

Directed by Andreas Horvath
Austria, 2015


An intimate portrait of the legendary actor and former Luchino Visconti “muse” Helmut Berger, who – after decades of movie stardom and jet set extravaganza – has settled for a more secluded and modest lifestyle in his hometown Salzburg, Austria.

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Helmut Berger, Actor Directed by Andreas Horvath
There is never a sense that Horvath is trying to cut his subject down to size or to pull Berger off his pedestal—if anything, Helmut Berger, Actor emerges as a testament to Berger’s indomitability, his improbable imperviousness to such a treatment, for even when he looks awful in front of Horvath’s camera, he looks magnificently awful.
January 13, 2017
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How’s this for self-reflexive? Andreas Horvath films iconic Austrian thespian Helmut Berger masturbating on camera (twice), declaring his romantic love for his documenter and saying that his film has destroyed his life. Horvath and Berger yell and fight and watch each other watching each other. Helmut Berger, Actor takes relevant documentary questions of exploitation and performance and pushes them to their grossest climax possible. And within the nut lies a strange kind of sincerity.
January 13, 2017
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Confessions, tirades, and quarrels abound, and by the time the picture ends — with a final scene so indelicate that “climax” becomes a double entendre — the question of ethics has not so much been posed as unapologetically obliterated. Is it improper? Perhaps. But then documentaries tend to be more intriguing the more unethical they deign to be.
January 04, 2017
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