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Naked in the 21st Century

3 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Product Description

The history of nudism and nudist films is contrasted with the nudist lifestyle today in this entertaining documentary. Also follows the behind the scenes goings-on of two nudist feature films.

Review

Director Young sees a void in Hollywood: naturists are out there . . . they deserve to see themselves accurately portrayed on film. -- DVD Verdict, Sept. 9, 2005

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Product Details

  • Actors: Naked in the 21st Century, T. L. Young
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pathfinder Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CNGBXU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,952 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Too bad I didn't read the other reviews before buying this. It doesn't really say much about naturism, but is supposed to be about one guy's attempt to make a naturist movie, interviews with potential actors, etc. It's very disconnected, and the copy I got kept repeating after scene 11, even though there was a scene 12. Bad value, in my opinion.
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This is supposed to be about true nudism. However it's just a bunch of paid actors with a HORRIBLE script. About 1/10 of the movie actually gets into the history of nudism, and interviews the owner of a nudist resort, but that's about it. Everything else if not at all about nudism. If you just want to see a couple of naked people, then go ahead and get this, but if you're actually interested in something that's truly about nudism/naturism, then don't bother with this.
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I was pleasantly surprised that this movie was really more of a documentary on history of nudism than anything else. And of T.L. Young's personal experiences in a nudist club in Hawaii. Yes, we had conversations about this way back during the college years... Although the quality of the movie is not that of one lucky to be aired on PBS or the History channel (I think), it was a pretty fast moving, comprehensive production, with a touch of humor and an interesting plot. Plenty of innocent nudity, from old film footages and people expressing their feelings about nudism. It was educational and entertaining at the same time.
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T.L. Young has done a magnificent job depicting the following:

1. the history of the nudist/naturist movement in America,

2. the history of nudist/naturist film,

3. the state of the nudist/naturist movement today, and

4. humorous fictional elements that keep the viewer interested.

If you are seriously interested in the nudist/naturist lifestyle and/or are already a nudist/naturist, I strongly recommend this film.
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Amateur filmakers use their own amateur films to make a point, which is irrelevant to begin with. Please don't bother: this is not serious stuff. And, sadly, it's not even funny. Or sexy. Or entertaining.
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If you like artistic nudity (mostly female), then you will like this DVD.

It was worth what I paid.
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This was somewhat of an impulse buy for me, but I was surprised by some of the candid moments in this, some of which were pretty humorous. Also, some of the aspiring actresses, as well as hostess Christine Nguyen, are quite easy on the eyes, especially naked! Recommended.
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I have issues with what this movie is really about. My hunch is that the director, T.L. Young, wanted to squeeze the most money out of and promote the feature film he was making, "The Naked Place". And so he turned it into two films, the original and this one, a combination pseudo-documetary on the making of the first film and weak documentary on the history of nudism.

(As an advance review of "The Naked Place", from the outtakes shown in this "documentary", the acting looks really bad and the plot weak so I'm not surprised T.L. was looking for ways to save his project. I also guess this movie was initially going to be dvd "extras" for the feature film, but if no one buys the first film...?)

The "making of" aspect was a farce as you can tell the actors were, yes, acting (poorly) the roles of actors auditioning for, and then acting in, the film. An example of this is a scene with one of the main actresses and her boyfriend, both nude of course, at their home discussing whether or not she should audition for the film. Um, we're supposed to ignore the fact that this was allegedly BEFORE she decided to audition, and there is already a surreptitious cameraman in their living room that they somehow don't notice? More of the same type stuff follows with the auditions, etc.

As far as the nudism history, there wasn't anything new brought up that anyone with a brain doesn't already know. It was mostly snippets of "nude news" type broadcasts and some brief glances of vintage nudist films (probably from T.L.'s personal collection). I do have to say that the naturist organizations mentioned might be worth looking in to for those wanting to pursue the lifestyle.

Overall there were some nice looking nude actresses, so that's why I gave it 2 stars. But again, the acting is atrocious and the movie itself disjointed.
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Using professional models to sell naturism
I'm still waiting for an answer to your original quesiton--why use professional models in your nudist video instead of nudists? I didn't quite follow the somewhat rambling "response" you gave, and it didn't seem to actually address the question.
Dec 15, 2008 by D.Michael |  See all 4 posts
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