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Diary of a Nudist / The Naked Venus (Special Edition) (1958)

Davee Decker , Norman Casserly , Doris Wishman , Edgar G. Ulmer  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Davee Decker, Norman Casserly, Patricia Conelle, Don Roberts, Arianne Ulmer
  • Directors: Doris Wishman, Edgar G. Ulmer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Something Weird Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 27, 2002
  • Run Time: 149 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069HYZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,057 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Diary of a Nudist / The Naked Venus (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Alternate "Naked Venus" Title Sequence and 8 Minutes of Nudist-Camp Footage Deleted from the U.S. Version!
  • Bare Naked Trailers for "Blaze Starr Goes Nudist," "Eve or the Apple," "Gentlemen Prefer Nature Girls," "The Naked Venus," "Nude on the Moon" and "The Nudist Story!"
  • Naked Nudist Short Subjects: "They Wear No Clothes," "Nudist Recruits" and "Nudists Uncensored!"
  • Extra Undressed Added Attraction: Starlet Delores Carlos visits Anne Howe ("46-24-36!") at the Coral Lake Nudist Camp where "The Beatlettes Go Nudist!"
  • Bare Naked Nudist Camp Exploitation Art Gallery with Radio Sport Rarities!

Editorial Reviews

They're nude but not lewd! Two nudist camp romps by two very different cult directors are together in the altogether for the first time! "Diary of a Nudist" (1961, 72 min., Color) - A newspaper editor stumbles upon a nudist camp and orders sexy ace reporter Stacey Taylor to expose its sinful ways. But surprise! She's so thrilled with the jaybird lifestyle her diary of a nudist becomes a gleeful endorsement! It's another wacky gem from the amazing Doris Wishman (Deadly Weapons). "The Naked Venus" (1958, 77 min., Black & White) - French sexpot Yvonne hides away at a nudist camp and fights back in court when her Mother-in-Law-from-Hell starts divorce proceedings over Yvonne's nude posing for the painting "The Naked Venus." But it all turns into a quasi-legal peepshow when films of her nature camp proclivities are shown to the judge! Helmed by cult-fave Edgar G. Ulmer, the man behind Poverty Row classics like "Detour," "The Man from Planet X" and "Daughter of Dr. Jekyll!"

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
This disc is packed with stuff! There are the two movies with their very coy nudity (watch as the ladies artfully stand with their legs covering the 'rude' bits or with towels/papers/hats draped over their midsection. The picture is a good restoration of some poor quality (old poorly preserved) originals, but it is still very watchable. The movies themselves are not spectacular in their plot but still fun and interesting.
The extra's (of which there is over an hour) are the piece de resistance. You get trailers from 6 nudism related movies, extra footage from The Naked Venus, four shorts on nudity, a heap of poster art/production stills from various nudity related movies (with radio discussions over the top) and an easter egg of a nudist wedding.
About half of the extra's are in black and white (as is The Naked Venus). Some have been restored to very good quality but one or two are almost unwatchable. There is virtually no full frontal nudity, but lots of breasts and bottoms.
Everything is from the 50's and 60's and looks it (even naked, you can tell the era from the hair/makeup (sometimes this is caked on) and the cars). If you're interested in the history of nudity or nudity in films then this is highly recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun July 29, 2003
By Eolake
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I agree with the two previous reviews.
I would add that both films has a couple of very pretty ladies. One short scene in Diary of a couple of girls sqealing under a cold hose is wonderful, and more sexy than 98% of anything the adult industry has turned out.
Also, some of the extras, "info" films about nudism from the fifties, are just hilarious. Quite amazing.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Gentler Age September 24, 2003
This Double feature may be a cloyingly "sanitized" presentation, yet, it bespeaks a gentleness and wholesomeness that is sadly absent in this day and age. The attempts back in the 1960s to exercise as much caution as possible in the portrayal of the human form, undoubtedly was on account of prevalent censorship laws, and therefore renders the unnatural contorting of the body somewhat quaint if not ungainly. However, one must look beyond that little annoyance and appreciate the genuine and sincere attempt to portray the joys of naturism in the most dignified and elegant way. These directors have striven to break free of the prevailing stigma and deal with the subject as boldly as possible, avoiding sensationalism, but attempting to bring nudity and naturism to the public domain devoid of any false mystique or lascivious excess. This also applies in the case of about an hour of short clips, trailers and other delectable short subjects that have been selected from the decade of the 1950s and `60s. One could not help but feel that there was an ever so slight tendency, especially in "Beatlettes Go Nudist", to be a tad exploitative of the ladies. In addition to the now politically incorrect male chauvinism that is almost palpable in the piece, there is some unnecessary double-entendre in the maudlin commentary! Even then, one must appreciate the tender care exercised in keeping it free from the pornographic crudeness that one too often encounters presently. This is a good albeit imperfect example of the historic approach to fostering a respect for the unadorned human form. But, it would have been far more real if the men were equal partners with the women in the portrayal. The very few images of masculine grace certainly left one inspired to spend many more hours in the gymnasium to appear as they did!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good , (mostly) clean nudist fun October 30, 2006
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As I understand it, in years past the only way to show graphic nudity on movie screens was to depict non-sexual nudity, and that ultimately meant... movies about nudist camps! So there was this whole rash of movies (especially in the 60's) that featured mainstream mystery stories, horror stories, dramas, etc., but with one big difference from regular theater fare: the movies were set in nudist resorts. Talk about a weird, weird sub-genre of movies, a sub-genre nicely sampled on this DVD.

"Diary of a Nudist" is, the ridiculous story and low-budget production values notwithstanding, probably not a completely inaccurate look at what life in a 1960's nudist camp was like. I would just add that in real life there would likely be a wider diversity of bodies than the perfect specimens on hand here. So sit back, relax, and-- once you get past the endless scene of happy nudists arriving at the club and letting themselves in the gate-- enjoy a silly little drama (and ultimately romance story) set in the sunshine and peace of a 60's-era Florida nudist resort.

"The Naked Venus" is more of an outright hoot. Filmed in crisp black and white, this is essentially a courtroom drama with a little bit of nudism thrown in for good measure. Two things really stand out. First, the movie revolves around a custody battle for a little kid. So what does the woman who wants custody of her kid do once she runs off with the little tyke? She immediately takes refuge in a nudist camp. Now, there quite possibly may be nothing wrong with nudism, but would a nudist resort be the FIRST PLACE you'd go when the other side is looking for ANY LITTLE THING to put forth as a red flag and cause for concern about a person's fitness to be a mother?
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