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Made in 1925 - Beautiful picture, surprising amount of full nudity. Very Rare.

WEGE ZU KRAFT UND SCHONHEIT

aka - WAY TO HEALTH AND FITNESS

1925

MADE IN FINLAND

BLACK AND WHITE - APPROX 100 MINUTES

 

THIS IS A EXCELLENT CONVERSION OF THIS RARE MOVIE. IT HAS NEVER BEEN OFFERED OUTSIDE OF NORTHERN EUROPE. I CAN SHIP THIS AS A REGION FREE DVD IF YOUR MACHINE CAN READ PAL FORMATS. IF NOT, I CAN SEND THIS AS A DVD+R OR DVD-R (YOUR CHOICE) THAT WILL PLAY IN MOST MACHINES WORLDWIDE. PLEASE CHECK YOUR MACHINE AND LET ME KNOW WHICH FORMATS YOU PREFER.

THIS IS AN EXTREMELY RARE MOVIE. MADE IN 1925 AS A NATURALIST 'WHITE COATER'. IT WAS DONE AS A DOCUMENTARY OF THE WELLNESS AND FITNESS OF THE HUMAN BODY, BUT COMES OUT AS A WAY TO SHOW MANY NAKED PEOPLE ON THE BIG SCREEN. THIS IS A VERY SHOCKING MOVIE TO SEE. MADE IN 1925, IT HAS FULL FRONTAL OF MANY YOUNG LADIES - DOING EXCERCISES AND GYMNASTICS. IT ALSO FEATURES MANY NUDE YOUNG MEN EXCERCISING AND PERFORMING GYMNASTICS. THIS IS SOMETHING YOU WILL NOT EXPECT FROM THIS ERA OF FILM MAKING.

THERE IS NO ENGLISH OR SPOKEN LANGUAGE.  IT DOES HAVE THE 'CUE CARDS' THAT WAS USED IN MOST SILENT MOVIES.

SUMMARY: 'The Way to Strength and Health: a film of modern body culture' is very much an artefact of the Naturist fad that swept Germany at this time. It was part of the same trend which helped the Nazis come to power, with their obsession for racial and physical purity and the beauty of the German countryside. This isn't a Nazi movie, but it comes directly out of the same school of thought which facilitated the rise of Nazism.

There's lots of footage of naked young bodies here, most of them German or at least (by Nazi definition) Aryan. I felt very uncomfortable watching these sequences, because I felt that they were somewhat dishonest. Audiences for this 1925 movie were fully-dressed and anonymous in the darkness, while watching adults (and teens) of both sexes who are naked, performing gymnastics and other physical rituals. I couldn't help wondering how much of this movie's original success was down to sexual prurience and voyeurism rather than a sincere interest in health and fitness.

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