Thursday, June 8, 2023

Helmut Berger, considered the idol of European cinema in the 70s and “the most handsome man in the world”, passes away

Paris, France. – Helmut Berger Italian Film Director’s Companion luchino visconti died this Thursday in Austria at the age of 79, according to his representative When announcing his death, the actor admitted: “I have lived three lives in four languages ​​(I speak German, English, French and Italian) I don’t regret anything”.

polyglot actor was long Famous By the beauty of her face Known for his performances in “The Fall of the Gods” (1969) by Visconti and “Louis II of Bavaria” (1973, with Romy Schneider).

Accustomed to elite roles in front of his mentor’s camera, Berger starred in “The Garden of the Finzi Contini” (1970) under the direction of Vittorio De Sica.

he kept tall love relationship With Visconti until his death in 1976. Drugs, suicide attempts, scandalous relationships and all kinds of scandals marked his life.

he recalled it in 1998 in his autobiography With chapters like “In the Same Bed as Mick Jagger” or “I Served Fellini”.

He played a corrupt banker in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather 3” (1990) and starred as aging designer Yves Saint Laurent in Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent” (2014).

Life of Helmut Berger

Born in 1944 to a wealthy Austrian family, he ran away from Marist boarding school as a teenager and went to live in London. It was the ’60s and with the occasional modeling job.

At the age of 20, she met Visconti, who was then 38 years her senior. They became instant lovers and from that moment on the director guided her career and her life. With him she worked on iconic films that became an erotic myth for men and women alike.

They also worked together in ‘The Witches’ (1967), but stardom came to her with ‘The Fall of the Gods’ (1969), where she played a perverted pedophile Nazi dressed as Merlin Dietrich and who nominated them. for the Golden Globes.

An icon of European cinema of the time was then born, working repeatedly with the Italian filmmaker on ‘Louis II of Bavaria’ (1973) and ‘Confidence’ (1974). He also shot with Vittorio De Sica in ‘The Garden of the Finzi-Contini’ (1970) and ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ (1970) with Massimo Delmano.

In addition, he was a part of major Hollywood productions such as ‘Ash Wednesday’ (Larry Pierce, 1973) with Elizabeth Taylor, Henry Fonda and Burt Lancaster.

On the other hand, at the same time that he was rising as a star, he also became a myth of a social life riddled with drugs, monumental drunkenness and passionate scandals that had already shocked the world. I was wearing the label of the most handsome man. put on it.

He competed in this with Alain Delon, and much more. He himself told in his biography how he slept with his then partner Romy Schneider and later his wife Nathalie Barthélemy.

In his autobiography titled ‘Yo Berger’, published in 1998, he admitted to having had sexual relationships with dozens of celebrities of the time, including Rudolf Nureyev, Ursula Andress, Bianca and Mick Jagger or Jerry Hall.

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