A lot of us love cinema, and for some it is much more than mere entertainment. It is moving art on a grand white canvas – made by dream artists hidden from view. I’m fascinated by the level of input that goes into making a film – whether it is from masters like Antonioni, Truffaut, Godard, Fellini or Medem, or from lesser talents (which I won’t mention), or even from fine directors who end up making rubbish in order to pay their rent. It’s ALL cinema..!
As artists, they entertain, tease, provoke, and challenge viewers using different strokes and brushes. And nudity is one of the more powerful tools - whether it is benign, provocative, sensual, or erotic, its impact cannot be underestimated. European and Latin American films have applied nudity differently from Hollywood for various reasons.
The purpose of this blog is simply to review some of the films and scenes that had stuck in my mind – predominantly from Europe and Latin America. Besides, these days, film makers are more circumspect in depicting nudity, and often use it as a last resort in their narrative, so there is a valid reason to discuss these scenes if and when they occur. Of course, it isn’t obviously all about the film makers, but the… err… nudity.
Whilst we have to live with the fact that there will always be more instances of female than male nudity in films – I will try to document to the best of my ability both the sexes, male and female, young and old, attractive and the ordinary, to give a fairly neutral interpretation of how they fit into a film’s narrative. Rest assured it won’t be dull or academic either, more like a cinephile’s rave, reviewing both the film and the relevant scene by placing them in context rather than ogling nudity for its own sake, which could be utterly misleading. Nude scenes, irrespective of their artistic merit, is a collective interpretation of a theme or situation by not just the director, but also the actors, writers and technicians – each one of them involved have contributed to what we get to see.
In addition, this site will also act as a poster board for independent and budding film makers – a place to publicise their work, and for site visitors to learn where their DVDs can be purchased.