‘Skin’ – Discovering The History of Nudity in Film

Nudity in films is nothing new. Even in the most conservative times in history, nudity has made its way into the big screen in different forms (some more obvious than others…)

It’s been considered obscene for conservatives and artistic for liberals. The truth is, nudity doesn’t leave us indifferent. And Skin is a documentary about this fascinating topic that will reveal a lot of things you probably didn’t even know about the history of nudity in movies, beginning with the silent movie era through the present day. It does a really good job reflecting upon the changes in morality and emphasizing the political, sociological, and artistic changes of those times. From Midnight Cowboy to 50 Shades of Grey, there have been plenty of blockbusters with nudity in it.

One of the things that fascinated me was the concept of the “Intimacy Coordinator.” That’s a legit job, you guys. A job that was created because in some cases directors or studio executives might decide, in the spur of the moment, to ask the actors to take their clothes off and perform a sex scene that may or may not have been in the original script. But that changed thanks to the #Metoo movement. Now, actors are protected against those blurred lines and potential for abuse on set. Intimacy Coordinators are part of the IPA (Intimacy Professionals Association), a network of knowledgeable intimacy professionals that promotes safe, high-quality work on topics of intimacy, and connect these professionals with productions. It includes intimacy coordinators, trans consultants, and other expert consultants on a variety of topics related to gender and sexuality, including BDSM, kink, polyamory, and trans and gender-nonconforming identities. IPA also trains and certifies intimacy coordinators.

It’s a very entertaining documentary with interviews with many of the actors and actresses who had nude scenes, including award-winning actress Sylvia Miles and Terminator 2 star Kristanna Loken. Check it out when it goes on-demand August 18th.




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