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

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Critic Consensus: Revealing in more ways than one, Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies lives up to its title with a comprehensive overview of its subject that goes well beneath the surface.

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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?"

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Critic Reviews for Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies

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In closing, one must applaud the filmmakers for their wisdom in including the single most important full frontal romp committed to film in the past 20 years: Ken Davitian's nude wrestling match with Sacha Baron Cohen in Borat.

September 1, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This despicable doc leers far more than it reveals.

August 20, 2020 | Full Review…
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While "Skin" doesn't do any formally daring loops, at two hours and 10 minutes, it's a consistently engaging record with colorful input from each of the interview subjects, well-edited and with plenty of titillating footage.

August 19, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A breezy, open-eyed, and often encyclopedic compendium of all the ways the cinema has celebrated, exploited, and negotiated the power of the naked body.

August 19, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a movie with a lot of memorable moments, even if it may not be the movie for this particular moment.

August 18, 2020 | Full Review…
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Meanders a bit too much in covering and uncovering 100-plus years of movies, but the net effect is indeed revealing -- not just for the nostalgia of it all, but how understanding that history can inform where Hollywood goes from here.

August 18, 2020 | Full Review…
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