Movie Review: Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies

September 20, 2020

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Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies (2020)

The definitive documentary on the history of nudity in feature films from the early silent days to the present, studying the changes in morality that led to the use of nudity in films while... See full summary »


 Danny Wolf
Initial Thoughts:
Ok time for some truth telling, I’m a guy (shocker I know!) and I’ll admit that I enjoy looking at attractive women, even more so naked. I have no problem with male nudity but it just does nothing for me (except when it’s funny of course). I’ll also say that I got a free digital movie from Cineplex, so I decided to watch this.
Main Points:
The history of the rating systems and nudity in Hollywood films is interesting but I’ll admit that I really didn’t start to enjoy this movie until it got to the 60's. There are just so few movies that I’ve seen from 1910 to 1965 that’s it hard for me to get a good perspective on what films were like then and how nudity (and even suggestions of anything remotely unwholesome) were in movies.
The interviews in this movie are excellent and it certainty has high production values. The second problem arises, however, when they get to the movies in the 70s and 80s and it is largely a collection of disturbing sex scenes and very gratuitous nudity. I also think that it could have been shortened and at 2 hours does feel a little long.
Final Thoughts:
Obviously this isn’t for kids with all sorts of nudity, coarse language and sexual scenes. Ages 19+ and of course don’t let your kids watch this. I would give it a mild recommendation and a 7 out of 10.