Friday, May 16, 2014

Elysia (Valley of the Nude) (1933)

Director: Carl Harbaugh

Writer: ???

Composer: ???

Starring: Constance Allen, Betty De Salle, Bryan Foy, Hobart Glassey, James Mack

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Modern Eves and modern Adams but nary a serpent!  For everybody's happy, healthy and "Elysia".

Plot:  A reporter visits a California nudist colony to write a story about this exotic place where no one wears clothes.  His misconceptions are put to bed as he experiences first hand what it's like to shed your clothes and your fears of the unknown.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Probably not.

At 25 minutes long (supposedly there's a 45 minute version out there somewhere) we get to live vicariously through reporter James Mack. Doctor Hobart Glassey takes James, and us, on a tour of this magical place!

Elysian Fields is such a happy place...

where guests participate in activities like tennis, boxing, baseball and leap frog!

Precision and athleticism is key.

Then there are mundane activities like bathing and pumping up your automobile tires.  Say, Sonny, not too close!

James makes a friend in Betty De Salle.  Hubba hubba.  I be he writes a positive article.

Pictures like these were a dime a dozen thirty years later but this one is from 1933 and for that it deserves special notice.  It's actually pretty entertaining.  I've seen flicks like this from the 60s and they were pretty boring but ELYSIA manages to not focus on things for too long and there's a good deal of editing and multiple angles.  Mind you, it's only 25 minutes long so there's barely any time to get bored, if any.  The subjects are very pleasant and it looks like a lot of fun.  I'd hate to see a reunion picture of the surviving members.  That could be scary.

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