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The Most Beautiful Boy in the World

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1h 33m

Director Kristian Petri, Kristina Lindström
Starring Björn Andrésen, Riyoko Ikeda, Margareta Krantz, Hajime Sawatari

Genre Documentary

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In 1971, at the world premiere of his latest film, Italian director Luchino Visconti called his teen star “the world’s most beautiful boy.” This is the story of Björn Andrésen, who was thrust into international stardom for his iconic looks. 50 years later, he looks back.


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CineVue by Christopher Machell

Andrésen became an overnight worldwide sensation and, through the lens of documentarians Kristina Lindström and Kristian Petri, an object lesson in the exploitation of children by the entertainment industry.

San Francisco Chronicle by G. Allen Johnson

The absorbing rags-to-riches-to-rags story — a must for any classic film fan — is told in The Most Beautiful Boy in the World, directed by Kristina Lindström and Kristian Petri.

The New York Times by Glenn Kenny

Andresen’s determination to rise above misfortune, and his hopes for himself, make this movie less than a total tragedy. But it’s an often shudder-inducing cautionary tale.
75 by Robert Daniels

The Most Beautiful Boy in the World isn’t a perfect watch, and it's often confusing and confounding. But it gets at the heart of this forlorn figure, a once idol turned tragic Greek hero. It’s unflinching, and one of the most honest portraits of the pitfalls that can happen in child stardom.

Empire by Sophie Monks Kaufman

This documentary has value as a damning account of the film-world’s treatment of a child actor, yet as a piece of art and a personal portrait, its vagueness creates unease.