The Nude Set

  • 1957
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Erotic, Romance

Considered ever-so-naughty when it was first released in the US in 1961, this romantic frolic is a silly, sweet-natured picture whose strip sequences are inoffensive by today's jaded standards. Naive Sophie Durville (Agnes Laurent), a wealthy heiress from provincial Lyons, falls in love with a vacationing medical student, Jack Bessin (Philippe Nicaud). Heartbroken...read more

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Considered ever-so-naughty when it was first released in the US in 1961, this romantic frolic is a silly, sweet-natured picture whose strip sequences are inoffensive by today's jaded standards. Naive Sophie Durville (Agnes Laurent), a wealthy heiress from provincial Lyons, falls in love with a vacationing medical student, Jack Bessin (Philippe Nicaud). Heartbroken when he returns to Paris, she petitions her conservative father to let her study art there. He refuses: As far as he's concerned, Paris is a hotbed of rapists, white slavers and sex maniacs, all waiting to get their hands on his little girl. But Sophie's mother persuades him to let Sophie go and live with her sister, society lady Madame de Breule (Simone Paris). Sophie is at first delighted to be in Paris, though she can't help but wonder why Jack is on kissing terms with so many glamour girls. And she's shocked to discover that strip-tease dancing is all the rage in Parisian cabarets. Jealousy sets in, Sophie gets a make-over courtesy of her worldly aunt, Jack decides to end his dalliance with stripper Rita (Dora Doll), Rita schemes to get rid of Sophie, Sophie does an impromptu strip and almost gets blackmailed by a low-life... it all ends happily, and the romantic comedy hijinx are interspersed with strip routines and a daring dream ballet in which Sophie dances out her confusion about life, love and la vie de boheme. Laurent, a cutie-pie sex kitten marketed as a rival to Brigitte Bardot, is thoroughly charming (in the modern-day remake, her role would be played by Reese Witherspoon) and the novelty strip routines are hugely entertaining. This film is notable for having launched Radley Metzger's Audobon Films, which distributed risque European pictures in the US in the late '50s and '60s.

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  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Considered ever-so-naughty when it was first released in the US in 1961, this romantic frolic is a silly, sweet-natured picture whose strip sequences are inoffensive by today's jaded standards. Naive Sophie Durville (Agnes Laurent), a wealthy heiress from… (more)

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