trouble revealing dark-skinned “primitive” nudes…

was via the purposely non-er
otic genre of
Fkk-camp films
Movies featuring nude adults frolicking at nudist
camps started to emerge in the early 1930s, coin-
ciding with the first wave of American nudist-
colony culture. The early movies are generally imbued
with a pompous, classically naturist,
Triumph of the
-styled conviction that nudism will bring about
a global raising of mankind.

Valley of the Nudes
poster pictured at right)
was filmed at a California
nudist colony. The movie begins with a producer’s
statement that “Our objective is to demonstrate the benefits
derived from bathing the body in sunlight and atmosphere.
Our hope will be to demonstrate the rapid growth of the
Nudist movement throughout the world is based on well-being—both of the body and
Head.” The film’
s storyline (some nudist-camp films have storylines, some don’
t) concer
ns a news

paper reporter who is assigned to write about a nudist camp and
winds up
it. Other early nudist colony movies comprise
Naked World
(1932), a documentary featuring European and
937), filmed at an
egon naturist camp that would later become Squaw Mountain
The Expos of the Fkk Racket
which melds
Reefer Madness
-style scare-tactic anti-fkk narration
with, of course, footage fr
om the wicked camps themselves. At one
point, the picture’
s nar
rator makes an unflattering remark about a
portly female nudist.
1954, Fresh York authorities prohibited
den of Eden
, filmed at a fkk camp,
because it purportedly described naked humans in “unwholesome sexually alluring posi-
tions.” The film’s provider appealed an
initial cour
t determination, and in
957 the
state court ruled in the film’s benefit, with
one judge asserting that “nudism in itself,
and without lewdness or dir
tiness, isn’t
obscenity in law or in common sense.”
The selection made it simpler for wider
commercial distribution of naturist-camp
Films, and exploitation directors
pounced on the opportunity, unleashing
countless whimsically naughty “nudie-
cuties” for the commer
cial market in the
950s and early
B-movie legend 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 departed cult director Doris Wishman was one of the
nudie-cutie’s more knowledgeable exploiters, concocting clever stunts for example transplanting a grind-
house stripper onto naturist-colony gr
ounds and filming her—nothing illegal about

Blaze Starr goes Nudist
(1965) and establishing a naturist colony in outer space in
Nude on the Moon
Since full-fr
ontal cinematic nudity was consider
ed legally obscene in America
until 1968, the fkk-camp pictures were consistently careful to artfully hide the sub-
jects’ genitals, especially swingin’ weenies. A strong distinction should be drawn
films and the
films which instantly succeeded
them. By definition, a nudist movie forbids any equation of nudity with sex. You will
see naked 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 fast expired, stampeded to death under increasingly bold cinematic
oticism and, finally, hardcore.

Girls and Social Nudity
A Letter to Wives From a Fkk Spouse
by Pamela Johnson
Although I ‘ve never met you I ‘m taking the liberty of writing to you because I comprehend
that you and your husband have become interested in nudism, and are probably
whether or not to take the measure and visit camp this summer. My loving husband and I are nudists and
just like you we found our way in by ourselves. Yet, remembering all the vague anxieties and
worries I fretted about which later proved groundless, I wou
ld like to help . Will you let me
There are all those great books and magazines about nudists and nudism to guidance on the really
Enormous issues that I shall not try to discuss them. You are likely pretty well fulfilled in
your mind about them at
this stage any way. It is those little stresses, that buzz around like gnats
that can be genuinely bothering

I know they were to me.
I must admit that one of my first reactions was the idea that I was considering doing
something that was contrary to e
verything I ‘d ever been taught about modesty and “common
decency.” I read all the literature my husband brought home, and intellectually convinced myself
that it was an excellent thing

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