Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful (2020)

1h 29m / Not Rated / Documentary


This is an arthouse theatrical exclusive, not available on other streaming platforms. 

PS… ignore the showtimes at right. We have to put something in there to make this show up on our home page! – TT Team

Inspired by his roots in Berlin, German photographer Helmut Newton rose to a cult status that exists today, even after his tragic death in a Los Angeles car crash in 2006. He bounced around from Singapore to Australia to Paris to Los Angeles, but Weimer Germany would become the visual hallmark and signature of his work — the past would continue to haunt each and every image.

As one of the great masters of photography, Newton made a name for himself exploring and elevating the female form. Through candid interviews, Grace Jones, Charlotte Rampling, Isabella Rossellini, Anna Wintour and others – including Newton’s wife, June – share their thoughts on Newton’s life and legacy, and remain at the core of his work: capturing provocative, unconventional and, at times, subversive images of women. His unique and striking way of depicting women still begs the controversial question — were these women subjects or objects for Newton? The film also features home movies, archival footage, and, of course, his own photographs to create this portrait of a controversial genius.


DIRECTOR Q&A: Film Forum will host a LIVE, virtual Q&A with the film’s director, Gero von Boehm, and Isabella Rossellini at 4:00pm ET this Saturday, August 1. CLICK HERE TO JOIN

After your purchase you can watch the Helmut Newton for five days on your computer, phone, or tablet, or cast to your Google Chromecast or Smart TV. You can also download the Kino Now app for Roku or Apple TV (requires tvOS 9.0 or later) and watch the film there.

The film’s distributor, Kino Lorber, will be splitting the revenue with Tampa Theatre, 50/50. Please note that this arrangement, in these unprecedented times, means that we are unable to offer Member pricing for virtual screenings. Thanks for your understanding, and THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING TO SUPPORT TAMPA THEATRE!