Germany 2020, 93 min, English, French and German, Hebrew subtitles
“Most photographers are terribly boring, as are most films about photographers.” Helmut Newton, the man behind this quote, was a photographer, but definitely not a boring one. His work regularly provoked scandals, and the models he photographed dreamed of being called in for another session. Newton was a complicated man: a genius who worshipped powerful women just as he had the heroic German nationalist aesthetic of his childhood. His persona emerges from interviews with the stars he photographed (including Charlotte Rampling, Anna Wintour, and Grace Jones), his wife June, his home movies, and his unforgettable oeuvre. Director Gero von Boehm had completed over a hundred biographical documentaries before deciding to tell the story of the legendary fashion photographer, who also happened to be his close friend. At ease in the filmmaker’s company, Helmut Newton committed fully to the documentary process.
Previous Festivals: Tribeca