In this revealing follow-up to the 2001 HBO presentation Naked States: America Undercover, the fearless cameras of "America Undercover" follow flesh photographer Spencer Tunick as he attempts to achieve his ambitious goal of photographing naked people on all seven continents. By photographing nude people both individually and in large groups across the globe, the controversial Tunick explores the role that nudity plays in various cultures and encourages discussion in the ongoing debate about nudity in legitimate art. With just one year to achieve his ambitious goal and nine countries to visit, Tunick offers a compelling look at a variety of cultures and the key role that the human form has played in art throughout the ages. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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This documentary is typical, not exceptional. If you are looking for exceptional nude bodies forget it. These are not your beauty queens or kings. Its somewhat interesting when hearing and thinking about the various countries visited and their views on nudity in art, compared to the United States. If you are into documenataries and the subject matter, the rental will work but not for keeps in the library. Not mine anyway. Better "models" needed definately.
It was interesting to see how willing, nervous, uninhibited, cautious, self-concious or open people are with their bodies. It is shot around the world and I especially enjoyed seeing the final shots after each take - as if through the lens of the photographer. There's nothing sexual about this movie - its 'art of the naked body' in a fun, unique way.
What I noticed more than anything, even the nudity, was Tunick's constant repetition that, "this isn't sexual; it's art..." I wish I had counted how many times he said it. One of his subjects in Moscow corrected him, "Nudity can be art, but it's still sexual." C'mon Spencer, let's be honest. Nudity is sexual, period. Nude art is sexual. Non-nude and non-suggestive art is what is non-sexual. Nudity can never be non-sexual. So just be honest and celebrate bodies, and create art with them, but please, stop insisting it's not sexual. This qualifies perfectly for "methinks he protests too much" and actually detracts from his own "purity" for it's simple lack of basic honesty.