Dominique Sanda and Helmut Berger on set

Dominique Sanda and Helmut Berger on set “Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini/The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” (1970, Vittorio de Sica).
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Helmut Berger & Luchino Visconti on set of “Ludwig”

Helmut Berger & Luchino Visconti on set of “Ludwig” (1972). Photo by Mario Tursi.
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Dorian Gray poster – played by Helmut Berger.

Dorian Gray (Massimo Dallamano, 1970) starring Helmut Berger. Design by Ted Coconis.
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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.

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