Skip to content

Belcourt - Nashville's Nonprofit Cinema


SUB Subtitled

WATCH ON: Computer, tablet, smartphone, Chromecast or AirPlay, or the Kino Now app on Roku or Apple TV.
NEED HELP? Belcourt FAQs | Kino Now FAQs
If you’d like to consider an additional donation to the Belcourt, we’d be most grateful. You can do so here.

Born into a wealthy Jewish family, Helmut Newton came of age ensconced in the seductive decadence of an “anything goes” Berlin under the Weimar Republic. His teenaged apprenticeship under commercial photography pioneer Yva—who perished in the Holocaust—coincided with his family's persecution under the rise of the Third Reich and the emergence of the striking aesthetics of infamous Nazi propagandist, filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. Newton escaped with members of his family in 1938 and met his life partner June while in Australia working as a commercial photographer. The couple eventually settled in Paris where Helmut’s gradual evolution beyond the conservative confines of fashion photography at the time seemingly coincided with the radical political upheaval of ‘60s France.

Interpreting the most traumatic political and cultural shift in German history, Helmut established his artistic legacy by effectively channeling his past into an erotically charged, highly subversive portfolio dominated by bold “Aryan-esque” women in stilettos navigating the shadowy past of Helmut's motherland. Replete with this arresting imagery, HELMUT NEWTON: THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL features creative accomplices Grace Jones, Charlotte Rampling, Isabella Rossellini, Marianne Faithfull, Anna Wintour and widow June Newton as they reflect on Helmut's life and legacy.

“...A wildly entertaining portrait of a controversial genius.” —Jordan Raup, The Film Stage

“Only women are interviewed and that was the intention of the director—to put their voices center stage.” —Nadja Sayej, Forbes

The Belcourt Theatre does not provide advisories about subject matter or potential triggering content, as sensitivities vary from person to person.

Beyond the synopses, trailers and review links on our website, other sources of information about content and age-appropriateness for specific films can be found on Common Sense MediaIMDb and as well as through general internet searches.

Visit the Official Website

today Next Month Previous Month
Su M Tu W Th F Sa