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Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful M

Director: Gero von Boehm
Country: Germany (2020)
Language: English, French, German with English subtitles

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Misogynist or champion of women? This expansive portrait of a controversial fashion icon captures both light and shade.

Fashion photographer Helmut Newton specialised in erotically charged images of women: whether in saturated colour or severe monochrome, they often drew on fetish iconography. While captivating, his work has at times drawn criticism – Susan Sontag has called Newton a misogynist to his face – but, as documentarian Gero von Boehm reveals, it is strongly influenced by Newton’s turbulent background. He grew up Jewish in Nazi Germany and spent most of WWII in Australia, before marrying Melbourne-born actor and photographer June Browne and setting up a studio in Flinders Lane.

Fascinating behind-the-scenes footage from Newton’s shoots reveals him as surprisingly playful and affable – a mood von Boehm reinforces with his fun, needle-drop soundtrack. He also gives voice to Newton’s glamorous muses; Isabella Rossellini, Charlotte Rampling, Grace Jones and more offer incisive insights into Newton’s transgressive legacy. Condensing a prolific career into a slick hour-and-a-half, this humanising film pulls back the curtain on the photographer and his extensive body of work.

“There’s an ambivalence – a fantastic double vision – that runs through the work of Helmut Newton, and The Bad and the Beautiful dives into it with captivating zeal.” – Variety

In Cinema

Fri 06 Aug 9:15 pm [13061]
The Capitol
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Sat 14 Aug 6:30 pm [19471]
Hoyts 11
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
This session is bookable on a pass

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Featured Subjects
Anna Wintour, Arja Toyryla, Carla Sozzani, Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Rampling, Claudia Schiffer, Grace Jones, Hanna Schygulla, Helmut Newton, Isabella Rossellini, June Newton, Marianne Faithfull, Nadja Auermann, Phyllis Posnick, Susan Sontag, Sylvia Gobbel
Director
Gero von Boehm
Producers
Felix von Boehm, Torsten Bönnhoff
Screenwriter
Gero von Boehm
Cinematographers
Alexander Hein, Marcus Winterbauer, Pauline Pénichout, Pierre Nativel, Sven Jakob-Engelmann, Uli Fischer
Editor
Tom Weichenhain
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Format
Digital
Company Credit
Distributor: Limelight Distribution

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