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    Back to Nature (Vision Pictures, 1933). One Sheet (27" X 41").
    This film was one of the earliest nudist documentaries and features footage shot in nudist camps all over the world. Among the places showcased are nudist camps in upstate New York, nudist nightclubs in France, and a retreat in Germany that is claimed to be the world's largest nudist camp. Released under several tiles such as This Nude World, This Naked World, and The Nudist World. Vision Pictures, Inc. attempted to distribute the film in New York as Back to Nature on a states rights level, appealing a decision by the New York State Censor Board to ban the film. Story writer Jan Gay was billed onscreen as the author of the book On Going Naked. The book, published in 1932, was one of the first published here - or anywhere in English - about nudism. Gay was born Helen Reitman (1902-1960) and she declared her sexuality by changing her name to "Jan Gay," using a newly popular 1930s codeword for homosexual. She had an eclectic career as a journalist, translator, sexuality researcher, writer (children's books and film documentaries), and passionate promoter of nudism. This very rare exploitation one sheet may be the only, if not one of the very few copies to have survived from the very small distribution of this film under this title. This poster is in spectacular condition with the most minor fold wear, a few minor chips in the borders, and a small chip in the lower left corner. This has to be one of the rarest and most titillating images from the Exploitation genre, with all of its gorgeous stone litho splendor! Very Fine+ on Linen.


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