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Eye Candy: Helmut Berger, 1971


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Helmut Berger by David Bailey for Vogue UK, April 1971.

Helmut Berger, the Austrian star of some of Luchino Visconti's finest films (such as The Damned), can be seen here as the ultimate in 1970s manhood. Though he was Visconti's lover for a time, Berger appears incredibly masculine here, even in outfits that would appear quite fey on most men. Looking at these images has made me decide to add something to my checklist for all future boyfriends: Must be able to carry off a sapphire moiré taffeta suit.

And to prove how perfectly beautiful he was, below is a clip from Dorian Gray, the 1970 Italian film (dubbed here into Italian) that updated Oscar Wilde's classic novel to sexually and morally loose 1970s London.


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