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Naked as Nature Intended

Naked as Nature Intended (released in the United States under the title As Nature Intended) is a 1961 British nudist film produced and directed by George Harrison Marks and starring Pamela Green. It was the first film from producers Tony Tenser and Michael Klinger.[1][2]

Naked as Nature Intended
Directed by George Harrison Marks
Produced by Tony Tenser and Michael Klinger
Written by George Harrison Marks
Starring Pamela Green
Production
company
Markten Compass
Distributed by Compton
Release date
30 November 1961
Running time
60 mins
Country United Kingdom
Language English

It was also known during production as Cornish Holiday.[3]

The scenes in the nudist camp were filmed at Spielplatz in Hertfordshire.

In 2013 the book Naked as Nature Intended: The Epic Tale of a Nudist Picture (ISBN 978-0954598594) by Pamela Green was released.

Contents

PlotEdit

Three young women (Pam, Petrina and Jacky) hire a car and embark on a motoring holiday of the English countryside. They meet up with two young women (Bridget and Angela) who are garage attendants and who decide to take a hiking holiday. Much of the film's running time is spent in travelogue through Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, visiting locations such as Stonehenge, Tintagel, Clovelly, the Minack Open Air Theatre, Bedruthan Steps and Land's End. The women all end up at a nudist camp at Land's End and, once there, Angela and Bridget (who are nudists) convince the others to remove their clothes and lose their inhibitions.[3][4]

CastEdit

  • Pamela Green as Pamela
  • Jackie Salt as Jackie
  • Petrina Forsyth as Petrina
  • Bridget Leonard as Bridget
  • Angela Jones as Angela

ProductionEdit

Tony Tenser and Michael Klinger were distributors of imported films and owners of the Compton Cinema Club in Soho, London's first sex cinema. They wanted to produce a nudist feature film and approached Marks about making one. The only way that the British Board of Film Censors (BBFC) would allow nudity in film at that time was for the film to focus on the naturist movement. Films about nudist camps were considered to be discreet enough to pass the censorship requirements but would still attract audiences.[3][5] Marks met John Trevelyan, secretary of the BBFC, before shooting commenced. No script had been written at the time of the meeting, but the film was sanctioned by the founder of the British Naturism Movement, who owned the Spielplatz Sun Camp where some scenes were to be filmed. Trevelyan raised no objections to the film.[4] Once the film had been produced, the shower scene from the opening sequence was cut from the British release by the BBFC,[4] and the film received an A certificate.[6] The cut was made due to the assumption that viewers would infer that Pamela and her flat mate were lesbians.[7]

ReleaseEdit

Tenser's marketing campaign for the film billed it as "the greatest nudist film ever". The campaign made use of the fame that Marks and Green had acquired by this time, billing Green as the "Queen of the Pin-Ups" and Marks as the "King of the Camera". The film opened in November 1961 at the Cameo Moulin cinema in Windmill Street to poor reviews. It was, however, popular with audiences, creating queues for entry when it opened.[8] The film ran in cinemas in the West End of London for two years.[4] It was released in the United States as As Nature Intended because the word Naked was considered too risqué for the American public. Nevertheless, the cut scene remained in the American release of the film.[7]

The film was released on video in 1999.[4][9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ John Hamilton, Beasts in the Cellar: The Exploitation Film Career of Tony Tenser, FAB Press (2005) ISBN 978-1903254271. p 15-20
  2. ^ Simon Sheridan, Keeping the British End Up: Four Decades of Saucy Cinema, Titan Books 2011 p 41-43
  3. ^ a b c Green, Pamela. "Naked as…". Pamela Green. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e Tony Sloman (9 July 1997). "Obituary: Harrison Marks". The Independent. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  5. ^ Tom Vallance (20 December 2007). "Tony Tenser: Film producer and distributor who dubbed Bardot a 'sex kitten'". The Independent. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Naked as Nature Intended". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Cut scene from Naked as Nature Intended". pamela-green.com. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  8. ^ Whitaker, Gavin (2008). "The Naked World of Harrison Marks". pamela-green.com. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Naked - As Nature Intended [VHS]". Amazon. Retrieved 25 January 2017.

Further readingEdit

Naked as Nature Intended: The Epic Tale of a Nudist Picture. Suffolk & Watt, 2013, ISBN 9780954598594.

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