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the naked Venus review

This turns out to be an enjoyable nudist movie
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Movie title: The Naked Venus

Movie description: A young American painter and his French wife move with their small daughter to the US when the husband’s father dies. His mother takes an instant dislike to the wife, and when she finds out that her daughter-in-law is a nudist who once posed naked for an artist, she declares her son’s wife to be an unfit mother and sets out to break up the marriage–which may not be difficult to do, as the son is a weak-willed “mama’s boy” who’s terrified to stand

Date published: 1959

Director(s): Edgar G. Ulmer

Genre: Drama, Vintage


A French nudist must fight for custody of her daughter after her husband caves in to his mother’s demands and files for divorce.

  • naturist/nudist interest
  • story
  • production quality
  • acting
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This 1959 movie The Naked Venus was apparently inspired by the success of the previously released movies of the sort. While the nudity in the movie may have seemed salacious at the time these days it will seem quite time. I think it accurately reflects the naturist/nudist experience. This is definitely not one of the nude exploitation films of the era.

This The Naked Venus has all the elements for the makings of a good drama. The acting for the most part is god though a couple of the actors go over the top with their roles. The production quality is good enough with the one exception being the court room shots which sometime have a contrived feel. Nudist camp footage shot in Europe was interspersed throughout the film.1)IMDB

The story pits a French wife who is a nudist married to an American GI wanna be artist after the war against her controlling American mother-in-law. The mother-in-law strives to wrest control of her grandchild from her mother by manipulating her son into divorcing his wife. One reviewer on IMDB described it as Kramer vs. Kramer in a nudist camp.2)IMDB review Add sub plots of gold digging ex-girl friends ambitious lawyers, helpful nudists and this turns out to be an enjoyable movie. Amazon video has it available for streaming see the link above.


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