This Nude World

February 13, 2012 at 3:21 am (6 Heads, This Nude World) (, , , )

This Nude World – 1933 – United States

The nudist colony genre is most associated with producer, writer, director Doris Wishman—Hideout in the Sun (1960), Nude on the Moon (1960), Blaze Starr Goes Nudist (1962), and others. But the ancestor of Wishman’s fanciful flicks is This Nude World, a pro-nude documentary containing “not one professional actor”. Likely, it’s the first of its kind.

This Nude World’s introduction dubiously cites Ben Franklin, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman as nudists. Through the film’s 55 minutes, a chatty narrator continually expounds the pure and playful nudist life atop a montage of naked exercising. Among the endless aerobics and calisthenics, nudes wrestle, dance, and act. There’s also a nude elementary school, which might be unsettling to modern sensibilities. Camps in America, France, and Germany are featured, plus extraneous stuff like the “newly constructed” George Washington Bridge, hobos, and a restaurant with a swimming pool in the center.

Unlike its exploitative descendants, This Nude World works hard to seem wholesome. Genitalia are carefully concealed and the narrator is even impressed by bikini bathing suits. A handsome lady provides one brief moment of frontal nudity. This obvious crowd-pleasing measure seems out of place amid the flick’s earnestness.

This Nude World fascinates on a cultural and historical level. While it lacks sexiness and sordidness, fans of the odd and antiquated will find lots to appreciate.

Rating: 6/10 Shrunken Heads. Watch it naked.

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