The first one goes back to the early days of cinema, when movies were emerging from the 19th century — but, shockingly, they were a lot less puritanical than we think.
That, of course, is just as it should be.
The Hollywood actresses we hear from who appeared in later films, many of them studio sex comedies, are all over the map about their experiences.
But Munson tried to commit suicide by drinking mercury she survived, and lived for the next 74 years, though mostly in a sanitarium , and that raises a question: Did appearing nude in a vast popular medium — at that point, an unprecedented act in human life — create feelings in an actress that were metaphysically disturbing? The first films, before anyone thought about shaping them into stories, had lots of casual nudity.
If there were a naked person on the street, most of us would stop and look.
At the same time, the film captures how raw and free the cinema could be before the Code, from the nude extras in the Babylon debauchery scenes of D.
The history of nudity on film is marked by two great pop-culture dramas.
We are objectifying and we are identifying.