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Butt Magazine Rescues Sex Icon Peter Berlin From Oblivion


by Editors in Films & Books , 01 September 2004

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Gay men of a certain age will remember the German sex symbol Peter Berlin. Berlin (a pseudonym) made two commercially produced films, "Nights in Black Leather" and "That Boy", which "no one" has ever seen. His fame is based on his self-portraits, which were published world-wide. Berlin is now in his sixties and lives as a reclusive in Los Angeles.

After a lot of trouble ("he rarely answers the phone"), James Anderson was able to persuade the "Greta Garbo of Porn" to an interview, which is published in the Summer issue of "Butt Magazine." Anderson has to admit he hasn't seen Berlin's films either, so he asks him whether these are solo productions or not: "No. I met this guy who went to the art school here and he'd made a little black-and-white film, which he showed to me. I said, 'Why don't we make a porno?'

He loved the idea so we both put money into it. When we started filming I just said, 'It's a nice day, let's go out to the beach.' There were some friends who wanted to come - five or six others - and so they were there too." The fucking scene in the film was simulated, because Berlin couldn't get a hard-on, "because really I was shy and not ready - I was just trying to do things I'd seen in other porn films."


Berlin acknowledges he discovered the joys of sex at an early age en that sex is one of the best things life has to offer: "I thought there is nothing better than having sex.

And I realised that if we can separate sex from that what we call a love affair, then I was free.

The only reason I put myself on a plane or in a car was for sex - looking to get laid. That was my career. Forget the porno star, filmmaker or whatever..."

His fame as an erotic icon was hardly an advantage. In his opinion it was more of an drawback: "When I became Peter Berlin, and was recognised on the street - for the first five minutes it was nice, right?

But then I realised what a nuisance and a hindrance it was. When I went to a park, or to a bar, and I was recognized as Peter Berlin, already the whole thing was over for me. [...] Because I don't want to be liked because of my status as a porno star. That was a challenge in my life - to make sure that people like me for the person I am, because the porno part of me is such a stupid bylane basically."

Although in his pictures his crotch is often very ostentatiously outlined in his tight pants, Peter Berlin doesn't really like fucking or being fucked: "I always believe in what you do well, you have to receive well. [...] This idea of penetration is put there by nature in order for people to have babies. And now people feel they have to transpose it - especially when it comes to gay sex. If you really like it then there's nothing wrong with that, of course."
It has been quiet around Peter Berlin for a long time. He doesn't make photographs anymore, and his private videos haven't been released.

A few years ago it was rumoured that he was writing his memoirs, but that project never materialized. At the moment Jim Tushinski is finishing a documentary about him, "That Man", that's being released later this year or next year. For the time being his fans will have to do with this very interesting interview, from which we selected only a few quotes.




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