Helmut Traveling Road Show
jazz_it | 07/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Helmut Newton - Frames From the Edge is a video primarily geared towards the ardent fan of photography. However, a person who is interested in the development of 20th century pop culture would certainly be more than amused by this wonderful video. The most striking aspect that shines throughout the video is Helmut's fun loving and sparkling personality. Witty, adventurous and most of all - fun loving - Helmut keeps the viewer informed and amused. Not at all like many photography videos centered in the class room, the range of locales in this video is dazzling. More importantly, the camera follows Helmut during shoots, conducting interviews with potential models, and riding with Helmut in Los Angeles. In the age where technological gadgets seem to proliferate it is telling that Helmut reveals that he uses one or two cameras to conduct his work. In summary, the photography fan would learn a great deal and the pop culture fan would learn why Helmut Newton is an important 20th Century icon. Much like Helmut's personality this video merits five stars."
ld | Bozeman, MT | 07/21/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a fun documentary on Helmut Newton. I was at his lecture at the New School and the film gives you the same feel for him and his work. Most of the photos are sexy, he has a wonderful photographic identity, you can always spot his work. The DVD and video (they are not exactly the same) are worth watching for any serious fashion or commercial photographer. This is not a how to do a photo DVD. However, if you pay attention he tells you a lot about how he likes to work. Straight ahead, almost no camera hardware or crew and lots of vision. You know he saw the shot before he took it."
Think of this as a collage of Newton photos that move!
Steven I. Ramm | Phila, PA USA | 10/30/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This film has been newly released on the Arthaus label distributed by Naxos. The original film was made in 1988 it was previously released on DVD by Image This is a basic transfer of the film. It has not been restored and does appear grainy in parts. That said, here is my review:
More than a documentary about this world famous photographer, best known for his fashion photos and nude photos of women in unusual and erotic positions, this is a series of "living photos", as we follow Newton as he shoots these models and the photos come to life. The narrator gives us the basic facts and the rest consists of interviews with Newton, who definitely has a big ego but can be very funny as well, along with his wife and his models, both famous (Candace Bergen and Catherine Deneuve) and not. WE don't learn about his growing up years - that would have been nice - but, rather, on his life during his productive, and lucrative, years. He refers to his high fee often.
The film is rather long - at 100 minutes - but there's such beauty in the women he shoots that you don't mind. You won't learn anything about photography here, nor much about Newton's background, but you won't be bored. You will experience pop culture in Monte Carlo and Los Angeles (his two homes) in the 80s as you follow him to his favorite haunts.
If you like Newton's photographs, and especially if you enjoy great black and white photographs of nude females, you will definitely like this film. Though not perfect, its worth seeking out in this new release.