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Nudity in film

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The use of sex in film has been controversial since the earliest use of cinematography and the first portrayals of love scenes and nude scenes. Ever since the silent era of film there have been actors and actresses who have shown parts of their bodies or undergarments, or dressed and behaved in ways considered sexually provocative by contemporary standards. Some films have been criticized and/or banned by various religious groups and governments because of this. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_in_film

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The portrayal of nudity in American cinema has long been controversial. Because several early films of the silent era featured rampant full nudity and acts bordering on pornography, scenes of nudity were forbidden in mainstream American films by the Hays Code from the 1930s until the 1960s when the MPAA film rating system was instituted. Since then, many films have featured various levels of nudity, however full frontal nudity (especially featuring male anatomy) is still rare in American cinema. Full nudity has gained much wider acceptance in European cinema, where the audience perceive non-pornographic nudity as comparably less controversial than excessively depictured violence. Nudity in a sexual, but non-pornographic, context has however in many European countries remained on the fringe of what is socially aceptable for public shows, although the limits have been pushed during the 20th century. [Sept 2006]

Scene from The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959) - Russ Meyer
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Nudity film list

Noteworthy films which garnered controversy at the time of their release due to nudity include:

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