Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Naked People, Historically Naked, Boldly in the Buff!

Seventy-seven year old nudist camp documentary classic gets rare screening in Secret Cinema/QFest venue!

Naked People, Historically Naked, Boldly in the Buff!



Tucked into the Philadelphia QFest, ongoing through July 19, is a special program of Secret Cinema titles from Philly film archivist Jay Schwartz. On Friday, at the Ruba Club in Northern Liberties, Schwartz will unspool a “nudie cutie” exploitation classic: This Nude World, a 1933 documentary that captured sun-worshipping clothesless folk -- women and men – as they frolicked in nudist colonies around the globe.
The tag-line on the vintage poster for this vintage affair says it all: “How do they live? How do they play? Do they practice orgies in the moonlight?”
Originally, QFest artistic director Ray Murray had wanted to screen This Nude World outdoors, in a venue like the Piazza at Schmidts. But prudists won out over nudists, and so this campy travelogue of fleshy exhibition (and exploitation), filmed in Europe and the Catskills, will be shown indoors, so as not to offend sensitive passers-by.
For ticket and time info for This Nude World, and for the other Secret Cinema screenings and QFest programs, go to www.thesecretcinema.com, or www.qfest.com, or call 267-765-9800, ext. 701.


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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

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