ELYSIA, VALLEY OF THE NUDE & THEY WEAR NO CLOTHES!

Director Bryan Foy & Royal Horter
Year 1934 & 1937
Run Time 80min
Age Policy

18 and up. No one under 18 admitted.

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Through some bizarre loophole set forth by warring concepts of indecency, free speech, and man’s desire to see women naked (any way they can), the nudist camp film was born.  In brief spurts in the 1930s, 1950s, and the early 1960s, exploitation filmmakers chose to set their films in nudist camps, telling love stories or family dramas while the characters would, naturally, be exposed for the camera to see.  Generally harmless and desexualized to the highest degree they could be, these nudist camp movies are an odd artifact from a period of prudery and the sneaky producers who tried to dodge it. 

We present the classic in the genre, and the first major title, ELYSIA, VALLEY OF THE NUDE (1934).  Narratively about a reporter sent to investigate a nudist camp, this picture purports to be a political argument for the benefits of sunbathing and the unashamed lifestyle.  A totally silly endeavor, full of beautiful young men and women running around completely bare.  

Played with the short THEY WEAR NO CLOTHES! (1941), a tongue-in-cheek documentary about the nudist movement that sheds its journalistic integrity. (Daniel)

All films in this series are screened from rare, archival prints with all the vintage scars and gouges you could ever dream of.