History Of Skin

I have a cousin who rates a film by the amount of nudity it contains….of course he is a macho ape and only believes that women should be nude in the cinema….

Does anyone know the history of cinematic nudity?

Not to worry….there will be a documentary.

There have been documentaries on just about everything possible and now we can add the history of nudity in film.

When humanity first dreamed of the silver screen, there’s a 99% chance that dream also included, like, a lot of butts. Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies delves into this inarguable fact, while also exploring the many ways butts, boobs, balls, and boners have evolved on-screen as the standards and protocols of Hollywood have changed.

Directed by Danny Wolf (Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time), the documentary features a genuinely impressive line-up of famous faces discussing the history of on-screen skin.

  • Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon, Targets, Saint Jack)
  • Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie, Scary Movie, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back)
  • Diane Franklin (The Last American Virgin, Better Off Dead, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure)
  • Pam Grier (The Big Doll House, Jackie Brown, Foxy Brown, Above the Law)
  • Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Look Who’s Talking, Clueless)
  • Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Caligula, Startrek: Generations, Halloween)
  • Eric Roberts (Runaway Train, Inherent Vice, Star 80)
  • Kevin Smith (Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Clerks, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
  • Sean Young (Blade Runner, Dune, No Way Out, Wall Street)
  • Jim McBride (creator of Mr. Skin)

    Check out the trailer below. Skin: A History of Nudity


Be Well…..Be Safe…..

“lego ergo scribo”

Closing Thought–21Jun18

Recently Ken Burns released a documentary on the Vietnam War…..I did not watch the film for as a vet of that war I do not need to be reminded of it for I spent 2 and half years there…….there is very little he could add that I already did not know or believe.

From all accounts it was a good documentary…..many people have watched it and come away with a “new found” understanding of the war…at least that is the way it is told by the media.

I have also read some articles that did not like the film for they said that it was a whitewash……I guess there will always be a pro and con on this sort of thing…..

I was a member of Vietnam Veterans Against The War until I got hurt and could not make the demonstrations…….and another anti-war group is the Veterans For Peace…it is these people that have said the Burns’ film does not deserve “Best Documentary” award…….

A national veterans’ organization is weighing in on this year’s Emmy awards with a full-page ad in Variety, saying Ken Burns and Lynne Novick’s “Vietnam War” series does not deserve a “Best Documentary” award.

Veterans For Peace (VFP), headquartered in St. Louis, with 175 chapters in the U.S. and six overseas, will run the Variety ad prior to the awards on September 17, to generate discussion about the series and the lasting impact it will have if “crowned with an Emmy.”
The ad says that because “The Emmy Award is a powerful recognition of truth in art,” Emmy judges are asked to consider whether, “In this war-torn world, what is desperately needed – but what Burns and Novick fail to convey – is an honest rendering of that war to help the American people avoid yet more catastrophic wars.”
More about the possible Emmy for the Burns documentary……

Emmy nominations are ongoing. Veterans For Peace recently announced it will place this full-page ad in Variety urging an Emmy not be awarded to the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick documentary, The Vietnam War. The Hollywood Reporter has refused to run the ad. Here, Vietnam veteran, Doug Rawlings, adds his voice to why the filmmakers should not get a Best Documentary award.

Like I said I have not seen the film but I take the vets word for it……but if someone would like take on this issue please share with my readers……some of them are interested in what you think.
Side note:  Did you know there are those that do Vietnam Re-enactment?  How sick (not a good thing) is that?

Just Say Your Are Sorry!

Since Ken Burns released his newest documentary about the Vietnam War I have been following it up with some historic perspectives on the war.

I fought my way through 21/2 years in Vietnam and when I returned back to the US I became a staunch anti-war protester.

Over the years I have had many discussions with others about that war….some served others did not…..at one time some older gentleman told me that I need to apologize to the country for my activism.

I was taken aback and asked why should I apologize?

He told me that it was people like me that tore the country apart with all the protests to the point that the country was weakened by all the division.

My first reaction was…..BITE ME!

I said that I had nothing to apologize for and that he, a supporter of the war, should do it more than I.  Support sending in children to fight a bloody war that was NEVER meant to be won.

This event from my past came to m                                                                                                        ind after I read a piece on Common Dreams…..

How many times have you heard, or even said yourself, something like this:

It was beyond cruel what was done to Viet Nam vets. I protested the war but not the soldiers who’d been thru hell.

That’s a comment made on my Facebook page when I posted Jerry Lembcke’s very insightful review of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s series, The Vietnam War. Lembcke points out that the series promotes the established narrative that for Vietnam vets, the experience of coming home to a “hostile” public was “more traumatic than the war itself.” As I will discuss here, Lembcke, a Vietnam veteran and Associate Professor Emeritus at Holy Cross College, has dedicated much of his life to countering and disproving that narrative.

Now take a close look at the above statement. I protested the war but not the soldiers who’d been thru hell. The implication is, of course, that while this person didn’t do it, others must have “protested the soldiers,” referring to the ubiquitous stories of soldiers and veterans being harassed, hounded, called baby killers and spat on by a variety of protesters and, as the stories usually go, “long haired hippies.” Actually, this particular comment was part of a string of responses to someone who claimed he was “urinated on while in uniform.”

Source: Vietnam War Protesters have NOTHING to Apologize For | By | Common Dreams

In hindsight I still see NO reason for me to apologize…I did what I felt is morally right.

The Killing of History

The new documentary made by Ken Burns has cause a bit of an uproar……the Vietnam War has brought up so many memories for some and some “who cares” attitudes in others…..but these people are the ones that spent the war stateside pick their nose and getting paper cuts infected so they could use the VA for the medical.

I have been posting on the war in various ways….I like both pros and cons…..and this piece in Consortium falls into the “con” column…..it is a critique of the doc and the director……

PBS’ “The Vietnam War” may show some of the conflict’s horrors but still soft-pedals the horrific war crimes that America inflicted on Vietnam, fitting with a corporate-dependent documentary project.

One of the most hyped “events” of American television, “The Vietnam War,” has started on the PBS network. The directors are Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Acclaimed for his documentaries on the Civil War, the Great Depression and the history of jazz, Burns says of his Vietnam films, “They will inspire our country to begin to talk and think about the Vietnam War in an entirely new way.”

In a society often bereft of historical memory and in thrall to the propaganda of its “exceptionalism,” Burns’s “entirely new” Vietnam War is presented as an “epic, historic work.” Its lavish advertising campaign promotes its biggest backer, Bank of America, which in 1971 was burned down by students in Santa Barbara, California, as a symbol of the hated war in Vietnam.

Source: The Killing of History – Consortiumnews

I believe that having only one side of the conflict is disingenuous…..to understand the situation we need both sides….some have never left the paddies.

Vietnam: Being There (A Review)

As a young man I volunteered for the Army and got two tours in Vietnam…..it was, as they say, a defining moment of my life…because of the time I became interesting in the study of war or as it is known in university Conflict Management…..and as they say the rest is history.

There have been many movies about the war….most of which I did not see…..I just think the Hollywood could not get it right.  There was a TV series, Tour Of Duty, that was pretty accurate…well worth a streaminfg attack if you ever get those.

The many history channels have filed many docs on the war….most of them are great propaganda pieces and not very accurate….although some of the footage is amazing.

Documentary film maker, Ken Burns, has a new project about nthe Vietnam War and all the reviews are great…..

A decade in the making, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s documentary series, The Vietnam War, premieres on PBS Sunday, but it’s already gaining quite the reputation among critics. The 18-hour documentary, told in 10 episodes, digs deep into the conflict, meshing first-person interviews with historical footage. Then it goes beyond since, for many, 1973 didn’t mean the end of suffering. Here’s what the critics are saying:

  • James Poniewozik at the New York Times says it “will break your heart and win your mind.” Given the subject matter, it’s no surprise he found it “wearying.” It’s “probably Mr. Burns’ saddest film,” he writes. But it presents a “staggering” amount of material and powerful oral histories.
  • Some 80 interviewees “offer a glimpse into the psyches of people on all sides of the conflict,” writes Sonia Saraiya at Variety. It can be disorienting, but “disorientation in the midst of multiple national histories and conflicting personal agendas is, in a nutshell, the experience of the Vietnam War.”
  • At CNN, Brian Lowry calls The Vietnam War “a masterpiece” that “humanizes what was often a faceless enemy.” Another strength: its ability to show “the ripples from the war still being felt today.”
  • It may be long, but it’s “worth every single minute of your time,” writes Hank Stuever at the Washington Post, calling it “required viewing.” Not only will you experience “terror, horror, disbelief, discovery, disgust, marvel, pride, ambivalence and tears,” but “you’ll lose count of how many times you’ll have to pick your jaw up off the floor.”
  • Though “very little that’s said feels dangerous, controversial or exposed from our perspective,” The Vietnam War is remarkable, beautiful, repetitive, frustrating, assaulting, and “nightmarish”—and “it’s impossible to look away,” writes Daniel Fienberg at the Hollywood Reporter.
  • Adds Ed Siegel at the ARTery, “It’s not easy and it’s certainly not fun, but Ken Burns and Lynn Novick know how to make history dramatic, how to make television riveting, and how to tell the country’s story in a way that really defines what American exceptionalism is all about.”

I will watch it but will wait until I can buy the series for I can only take small portions before a memory gets kicked up.

I apologize for two days of not so interesting posts….it has been a bad couple of days….as compensation I offer up some great tunes from the Vietnam Era….

Time to back out gracefully and enjoy some down time….see guys Monday….chuq