The only male nude by Helmut Newton

Luchino Visconti’s collaborator and lover, famous Austrian actor Helmut Berger (1944- ) starred in , Conversation Piece (1974), The Damned (1969), Ludwig (1972) etc. On Ludwig, he said that after the filming, he committed himself to a sanatorium in order to rid himself of Ludwig’s character who had taken over his real-life persona.
An alleged-bisexual, Berger is also the only man ever shot nude by Helmut Newton who confined most of his works to fashion photography. “I was never interested in naked men”, the photographer said. And yet here is the iconic picture.

All rights go to Helmut Newton. I am not the author of this image (But Geez, don’t I wish I was)!

Helmut Berger, as photographed by Helmut Newton in Beverly Hills, 1984.

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Hanin aka Kinofrau: 27 and counting, Ph.D in Film Theory & Art History in progress, from the Middle-(B)east, a specter that haunts Europe, equal-opportunity offender.

9 thoughts on “The only male nude by Helmut Newton”

  1. This and the Brynner photos are wonderful. Thanks so much. I used to have a set of cards of nudes of Joe DiMaggio, Burt Lancaster, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Victor Mature, Tab Hunter (disputed), and Mickey Rooney, btu they are long-lost.


    1. I just checked. Actually he did but not a full frontal one. It’s owned by a private collector now. I had no idea so thanks for telling me! I had previously read that this HB one was a rare occurrence as Newton said several times that he’s not interested by the male body.
      I liked his photo of Le Pen with his dogs, which I saw in Paris. Hope you enjoyed today’s post with Miss Bacall !


  2. helmut actualy did a nude of Gianni Versace! he’s laying on a sofa with leopart print, and a massive painting in the background!
    love your post, i follow you every day ! keep going!
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    1. Hey ! Yes, I did check the Versace portrait and I loved it!
      I am so happy that you like my blog (hope you check out the Facebook page too)! It’s the inspiration that people get combined with my adoration for cinema that keeps it going!
      Good luck on your travels, let me know if you’re ever in Germany 😀


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