There is a new documentary being released on demand that explores an aspect of film that most people don’t discuss.
Actors including Pam Grier (Jackie Brown, Foxy Brown) and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Caligula) as well as directors Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon), Kevin Smith (Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Clerks) and Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Clueless) discuss the taboo subject of nudity in film in a new documentary Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies.
According to the synopsis, Skin is: A definitive documentary on the history of nudity in the movies, beginning with the silent movie era through present day, examining the changes in morality that led to the use of nudity in films while emphasizing the political, sociological and artistic changes that shaped this rich history.
Skin delves into the gender bias concerning nudity in motion pictures and will follow the revolution that has pushed for gender equality in feature films today. A deep discussion of pre-code Hollywood and its amoral roots, the censorship that “cleaned up” Hollywood and how the MPAA was formed leads into a discussion of how nudity changed cinematic culture through the decades. It culminates in a discussion of “what are nude scenes like in the age of the #METOO movement?”
The film includes interviews with Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon, Targets, Saint Jack), Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie, Scary Movie, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), Diane Franklin (The Last American Virgin, Better Off Dead, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure), Pam Grier (The Big Doll House, Jackie Brown, Foxy Brown, Above the Law), Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Look Who’s Talking, Clueless), Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Caligula, Startrek: Generations, Halloween), Eric Roberts (Runaway Train, Inherent Vice, Star 80), Kevin Smith (Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Clerks, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), Sean Young (Blade Runner, Dune, No Way Out, Wall Street) and Jim McBride (creator of Mr. Skin).
The film is directed by Danny Wolf (Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time series), produced by Paul Fishbein (Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time series) and executive produced by Jim McBride (AKA Mr. Skin).
Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies will be released on demand August 18th.