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The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959) - Russ Meyer

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Nudie film

The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959) is the first commercially successful film of director Russ Meyer. It was a nudie cutie film.


The name "Teas" is of course a homophone of the word tease, and one of the meanings of tease includes to sexually excite another person by subtle means, usually explicitly avoiding advancement to more potentially consequential erotic situations. It was a nudie cutie film. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Immoral_Mr._Teas [Oct 2004]


Before this film was released the only moving pictures exhibiting extensive nudity were either underground (covertly produced and distributed) pornographic films, typically distributed "under the counter" in 16 mm black and white movies, or naturist pictures, openly displayed in specialized movie theaters, usually under the cover of exhibiting the fun and freedom of nudism in naturist reserves (nudist camps). These "ASA approved" (American Sunbathing Association) pictures always included at least one professional actress, always a beautiful (but not overly busty) woman- usually a character being newly introduced to the joys of naked communal camp living by a friend - naked swimming, naked canoeing, naked volleyball, naked etcetera, with the emphasis on how free and natural the lifestyle is. The extras appeared to be genuine naturists - especially considering how out of shape most of them were. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Immoral_Mr._Teas [Oct 2004]

A breakthrough

The "Immoral Mr Teas" was the first "above ground" movie to show female nudity without the pretext of naturism. It is considered to be the first genuine skin flick. This movie exhibited a wry humor and an admirable respect for and appreciation of the beauty of the female form - comparable to that of sculptors and painters throughout the ages. The movie consists of a series of short scenes. In a sense, no one is actually naked; we only see the nudity through the viewpoint and vivid imagination of Mr. Teas. Mr. Teas' mental constructions extend beyond the nudity (always exclusively of female characters) there is an underlying surrealism in Mr. Teas' imagination that results in a number of genuinely bizarre situations. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Immoral_Mr._Teas [Oct 2004]

What followed

The next stage in female nudity was the beaver flick - pictures that openly showed female pubic hair - something that had been prohibited from delivery by the United States Postal Service, even for distribution of fine arts photographic prints - even those by famous photographic artists such as Edward Weston. From there as it is said, things went downhill fast, ultimately surpassing the coarseness of the previous underground movies and finally striking bottom sixteen years later in 1975 with the openly displayed bestiality film Animal Lover. It was finally the rise of video technology that legitimized pornography among the populace as it then became a private, rather than a public matter. With the rise of the internet, the circle has made a full turn, with pornography once again a matter of public controversy. It is arguable that the nudity seen in The Immoral Mr. Teas is now considered completely unremarkable by modern Hollywood "R" rated movie standards and as things are progressing may soon be considered to be only "PG-13". --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Immoral_Mr._Teas [Oct 2004]

A typical scene

Mr. Teas attends an appointment with his dentist, who must unfortunately perform an extraction of a major molar. Naturally, the dentist has an assistant - a stunningly beautiful and not-quite modestly dressed assistant. The application of analgesics appropriate to the procedure quickly releases Mr. Teas' fertile imagination. We now see the scene through this viewpoint. Rather than the typically equipment cluttered dental office we are on a set - only a dentist, a dental chair, Mr. Teas, and the assistant are present - against a stark and simple background. Only now, the assistant is completely nude. As the procedure is completed the dentist removes the molar from Mr. Teas' mouth - but rather than only a small object in the extraction pliers the molar has the appearance of a single large staghorn (deer antler) with a number of points. The body of the "molar" is white, while each tip (representing the roots of the molar) is colored a bloody red. Mr. Teas has paid a price for his lustful imagination. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Immoral_Mr._Teas [Oct 2004]

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