Introduction of Nudity in Film
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Introduction of Nudity in Film
How nudity became popular in film and its beginnings.
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Nudity during the Victorian era

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During the Victorian era the only types of nudity could only be found in burlesque. Burlesque had a variety of acts similar to Vaudeville acts but were not very family oriented and had vulgar comedy and nudity.

 

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Film History an Introduction Third Edition (Georgia State University) pg.9

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The Divorcee (1930) - Wedding Crashing

Ted arrives drunk to a wedding party after he finds out that his wife 'balanced their accounts'. The song playing in the background is Happy Days Are Here Ag...
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The Divorcee is a pivotal pre-code movie that was very controversial. The film is about divorce and infidelity. It is controversial because of its reversal of the hypocritical "double standard." It was also controversial because the film did not condemn its sinful heroine. This filmed showed women in a whole new way.

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The First Porn Movie Ever -1907 (Adult Content)

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This is a French film that is highly regarded as the oldest hardcore pornographic film in history. Films like this were usually shown in brothels and usually ended up taken by the police and destroyed.

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Fatima's Coochee-Coochee Dance-Edison-1896.wmv

Annotated version of "Fatima's Coochee-Coochee Dance" / "Fatima, Muscle Dancer." Produced by James A. White and shot by William Heise for the Edison Manufact...
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This is the first film with no nudity to be censored. Since Fatima's dance had girating body movements which at the time had "sexual innuendo" caused a huge stir for moralist in the U.S. This clip shows what the view of sex was back in 1896.

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George Melies- Après Le Bal (1897, Fr.) (After the Ball, Bath)

George Melies- Après Le Bal (1897, Fr.) (After the Ball, Bath) | Introduction of Nudity in Film | Scoop.it

George Melies black and white film is one of the earliest films in history to show nudity and have a person undress in front of a camera.

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Hays Code

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In 1922 the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) was formed. It was a way that the industry would self regulate itself. The first president of the MPAA was Will Hays. The Hays Code was named after him and the codes were a set rules/regulations that allowed films to be made. The Hays Code would approve or disapproved based on if the film was deemed "moral" or "immoral." Nudity was definitely not allowed back then. The Hays code began in 1930 and ended in 1968.

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Hollywood Censorship all started with the adoption of the Hays Code between the years 1930-1968. Will H.Hays was a Presbyterian elder and Postmaster General and became the first president of the MPAA. The Hays Code was the first attempt at having censorship guidelines in the United States for motion picture producers to follow.

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First issue of Playboy (December, 1953)

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Even though this is not a film. The first issue of Playboy starred Hollywoods most popular sex icon Marilyn Monroe. This would be a major influence in loosening the morals of film industry.

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Beginning of nudity on film

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Eadweard Muybridge's Primitive Motion Studies (from 1884-1887) - The Human Figure in Motion - Descending Stairs and Turning Around. Is one of the first types of nudity to be captured on film as a study of human figure in motion nude.

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Mom and Dad (1945) (aka The Family Story, UK)

Mom and Dad (1945) (aka The Family Story, UK) | Introduction of Nudity in Film | Scoop.it

This film produced by Kroger Babbs is considered to be the first sex "eduacational" film of the time. The film did not show any actual sex but does show a naked women which explains the female anatomy and venereal diseases. This film was the third highest grossing film in the 1940s.

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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, Del 1/8

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From the 60s to the 70s Hollywood was on a downfall people were not interested in the Classic Hollywood style movies. Young film makers and the younger audience were interested in foreign film and filmmakers such as Francois Truffaut and the French New Wave genre. The 70s were times of change, it was a new era of music, art, sex and drugs. The 70s change people perspective on sex and nudity.

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The History Of Grindhouse/Exploitation Film

two short documentary films (American Grindhouse & Grindhouse Glory) on the history and background of grindhouse and exploitation style films that inspired t...
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Grindhouse theater showed exploitation films. Exploitation films are films with  elements that can be exploitated such as sex and violence. Films such as the The Immora Mr Teas were shown in Grindhouse theaters. These type of theaters paved the way for nudity to be more accepted as the culture of 60s began change. People were no longer interested in the Classic Hollywood style of movies.

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The Immoral Mr Teas 1959

This film produced by Russ Meyers was released after legal rullings in favor of nudism in films. His film was the first soft-core film to exceed the million dollar mark.  The film is also a link in post war culture about the fascination and interest in breast. It would also be a precursor to hardcore pornography films such as Deep Throat(1972).

 

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Henry & June is the first NC-17 film -1990

Henry &  June is the first NC-17 film  -1990 | Introduction of Nudity in Film | Scoop.it

In 1990, Henry & June, starring Uma Thurman, Fred Ward and Maria de Medeiros and inspired by the novel was the first NC-17 rating of a film.

The film contains scenes of nudity and lesbian sex scenes.

 

 

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