(English) HELMUT NEWTON’S SUMO – THE MAKING OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE BOOK

Jodie Foster, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, David Lynch, Sigourney Weaver, Daryl Hannah, Robert Evans, Karl Lagerfeld, Billy Wilder, Ettore Sottsass, Luciano Pavarotti, Monica Vitti, Marianne Faithful, David Bailey, Queen Silvia of Sweden – Helmut Newton has taken pictures of all of them for his huge book “Sumo”. This massive book with 464 pages, weighing 30-kilogram, was produced by publisher Taschen as a tribute to one of the most important but also controversial photographers of the 20th century. Only 10.000 copies have been published. At the time, a copy signed by more than one hundred of the personalities published in “Sumo” was sold for 620.000 DM at a charity auction. The spectacular and most expensive photo book project of all times includes more than 400 illustrations: fashion photos, nude photos and portraits of celebrities. Julian Benedikt has documented the signing of Sumo and accompanied Newton to his shootings. Many of the stars and also Newton’s wife June comment in a very personal way on Helmut Newton and his photographic work.

With: Catherine and David Bailey, Heinz Berggruen, Cindy Crawford, Robert Evans, Marianne Faithful, Jodie Foster, Robert Graham, Daryl Hannah, Karl Lagerfeld, David Lynch, Helmut Newton, June Newton, Brigitte Nielsen, Albert Oehlen, Luciano Pavarotti, Paloma Picasso, Vanessa Del Rio, Violetta Sanchez, Queen Silvia of Sweden, Claudia Schiffer, Ettore Sottsass, Benedikt Taschen, Monica Vitti, Sigourney Weaver, Audrey Wilder, Billy Wilder.

© 1999 / 56 min
Production: Benedikt Pictures
In co-production with: ZDF, Benedikt Taschen Verlag
Producer: Julian Benedikt
Script/Director: Julian Benedikt
Camera: Lorenz Haarmann
Editing: Andrew Hulme
Format: DigiBeta / Color
Worldwide Distribution: First Hand Films www.firsthandfilms.com