trouble revealing dark skinned “primitive” nudes…

was via the purposely non-er
otic genre of
Naturist-camp pictures
Films featuring naked adults frolicking at naturist
camps started to emerge in the early 1930s, coin-
ciding with the first wave of American nudist-
colony culture. The early movies are commonly imbued
with a pompous, classically naturist,
Success of the
-styled confidence that nudism will bring about
a worldwide elevation of mankind.
Valley of the Nudes
poster pictured at right)
was filmed at a California
nudist colony. The movie starts with a producer’s
statement that “Our purpose would be to demonstrate the advantages
derived from bathing the body in the sun and atmosphere.
Our hope is to show that the rapid growth of the
Fkk motion throughout the world is based on health—both of the body and
Thoughts.” The film’
s storyline (some naturist-camp movies have , some don’
t) concer
ns a news

paper reporter who’s assigned to write about a naturist camp and
winds up
it. Other early nudist-colony films contain
Bare World
(1932), a documentary featuring European and
American naturist colonies…
937), filmed at an
egon fkk camp that would later become Squaw Mountain
The Expos of the Nudist Racket
which melds
Reefer Madness
-style scare-tactic anti-nudist narration
with, of course, footage fr
om the evil camps themselves. At one
point, the film’
s nar
rator makes an unflattering comment about a
portly female naturist.
1954, Fresh York authorities banned
den of Eden
, filmed at a naturist camp,
because it purportedly depicted nude people in “unwholesome sexually alluring posi-
tions.” The film’s distributor appealed an
initial cour
t judgement, and in
957 the
state court ruled in the film’s favor, with
one judge asserting that “nudism in itself,
and without lewdness or dir
tiness, is not
obscenity in law or in common sense.”
The decision made it easier for wider
commercial distribution of naturist-camp
movies, and exploitation directors
pounced on the chance, unleashing
Innumerable whimsically naughty “nudie-
cuties” for the commer
cial market in the
950s and early
B-movie star Herschell Gordon Lewis produced nudie-cuties such as
Daughters of the Sun
(1962), and
Goldilocks and the
Three Bares
(1963) before single-handedly inventing the slasher movie genre with
Blood Feast
. Lately deceased cult director Doris Wishman was one of the
nudie-cutie’s more informed exploiters, concocting clever stunts including transplanting a grind-
house stripper onto naturist-colony gr
ounds and filming her—nothing illegal about

Blaze Starr goes Naturist
(1965) and establishing a fkk colony in outer space in
Nude on the Moon

Since complete-fr
ontal cinematic nudity was consider
ed legally obscene in America
until 1968, the nudist-camp pictures were consistently attentive to artfully conceal the sub-
jects’ genitals, especially swingin’ weenies. A strong distinction should be drawn
Movies and the
Movies which instantly succeeded
them. By definition, a fkk film forbids any equation of nudity with sex. You will
see bare adults playing volleyball and rowing canoes (known as “canuding”
among initiates), but you won’
t see any r
emotely amor
ous task
. When legal
Selections allowed for nude onscr
een sexuality in the late
960s, the naturist-camp
genre promptly expired, stampeded to death under increasingly bold cinematic
oticism and, eventually, hardcore.

Girls and Social Nudity
A Letter to Wives From a Nudist Spouse
by Pamela Johnson
Although I’ve never met you I ‘m taking the liberty of writing to you because understand
that you and your husband have become interested in nudism, and are probably
whether or not to take the step and see camp this summer. My husband and I are nudists and
just like you we found our way in by ourselves. Nonetheless, remembering all the vague fears and
worries I fretted about which afterwards proved groundless, I wou
ld like to help you. Will you let me
There are so many great novels and magazines about nudists and nudism to advice on the really
Large difficulties that I shall not try to discuss them. You’re likely pretty well satisfied in
your thoughts about them at
this period any manner. It is those little worries, that buzz around like gnats
that can be really bothering

I understand they were to me.
I must confess that one of my first reactions was the idea that I was contemplating doing
something that was contrary to e
verything I had ever been taught about modesty and “common
decency.” I read all the literature my husband brought home, and intellectually convinced myself
that it was a good thing

but there the feeling was, and it rankled. Everyone assured me that