In this fun-filled offering from Naturist Freedom we start as we mean to go on, with a coach-load of naked young people heading off on a summer vacation.
Several minutes of shots within the coach follow, which for those who understand the language (Czech, I think) may be of value, but does little for those who are linguistically challenged.
But eventually they all pile out into a field where the bulk of the action is to take place.
One if the reasons Naturist Freedom have risen so fast in popularity among naturist-watchers is the high quality filming, both in terms of viewing quality and in direction. Generally great care is taken to ensure natural lighting in outdoor shoots is perfect, and indoor shoots are likewise well-lit to give optimum viewing.
Sadly Summer Vacation doesn’t meet these high standards. From the coach shots through to the ramble down a country lane to their destination the filming, while always good, does not confirm to the standards we expect from Naturist Freedom. As per these stills, a lot of filming takes place in the shadows of a leafy lane where the lighting is far from perfect.
Even when they finally get to their destination, where sunlight prevails, there is little acre taken about camera angles to take advantage of the natural light.
The documentary further spends an inordinate amount of time focussing on individuals’ conversations, which again are meaningless to those unfamiliar with the language and do little to give this project any feel of a story-line.
Thankfully it’s not all shadow and close up conversations.
Although at times you could be forgiven for thinking Naturist Freedom have a product placement deal with the British supermarket giant Tesco.
Cooking and eating seem to be the order of the day, and while she’s more than welcome to cook my sausage this documentary does become tedious in its lack of action.
Though by the end of the film one should be an expert in the ancient art of cooking saveloys on an open fire.
More sausages, anyone?
Or how about some more sausage shots, just in case anyone is in any doubt what’s on the menu.
But sometimes the director treats us to a shot of sausages, just for a change.
Don’t worry if you missed that one. There’s plenty more.
And so we come to the end, with a walk back through the leafy glades with the shadows, and the end credits roll.
Verdict: I have to say if this was my first experience of Naturist Freedom I would be very disappointed. By any stretch of the imagination a day-trip to a field to cook sausages while naked does not constitute a summer vacation, and all the fancy hi-tech recording equipment cannot make up for thoughtless direction and poor camera-work.
Sorry, guys, but it’s 5/10.
Fortunately most Naturist Freedom DVDs are well worth the money, and I’ll be reviewing some more NF titles very soon.
Le Cap d’agde. The naturist capital of the world.
An entire village given over to the nudist life-style. At peak season there will be 35,000 people stripping off to enjoy the Mediterranean sun on the celebrated golden beaches and blue seas of the South of France, dine in the many restaurants, shop (naked) in the supermarkets, visit the hairdresser’s (naked, of course), or laze about at the poolside or on the sands.
Yep, everything this side of that inlet is the celebrated Centre Naturiste. And that’s just the main part. The camping area extends far beyond and the naturist beach goes on for miles.
No surprise then that the celebrated Junior Miss Pageant series was filmed there. The first pageants at Cap d’Agde were the delightful Mini Miss contests that were regular features of Cap life every summer. Then came the annual Junior Miss Pageants that we came to know and love, first on VHS, later on DVD.
NC6 (no, I’ve no idea how the nomenclature works either), also known variously as Pageant 6 or Contest 6, is the first part of the 1999 Junior Miss Pageant offering, and features the build up to the delightful NC7.
NC6 open with a shot of the poolside where the filming takes place. Then we are introduced to some of the contestants, who go through a warm up catwalk show in their “textile” outfits. While the dialogue of those involved in nearly all French the storyline, such as it is, is easy to follow.
After the textile show it’s time to cool down at the poolside and get the pep talk about the main show from the admin staff.
Then it’s group walk-throughs for the main show, where the contestants get to ask their own questions and make sure everything is clear for the main event.
Of course, not everyone is interested in watching.
Under the ever-shining Mediterranean sun refreshments are soon required.
Then it’s time for some pre-event photo-shoots for friends and family.
Finally it’s all back to the contestant’s enclosure to freshen up ready for the main event. Which of course is Miss Junior Pageant 1999 Part 2, also known as NC7. Watch out for a review in the near future.
Verdict: If you like a storyline or English-language commentary with your viewing then try Peter Dietrich.
But as a classic documentary of the family naturist lifetsyle, or just some enjoyable entertainment to accompany a glass of wine and let yourself dream about your next naturist vacation, this is ideal.
Viewing quality of very good, but not excellent. Bear in mind the age of this production. It’s fine on screens up to 32″ but for anything larger you’ll likely experience loss of definition.
Overall score: 8/10
Available from www.russianbare.com.
At the time of posting there is a special offer on with an NC6-NC7 combo for just $160 USD. A veritable bargain! I cannot guarantee this offer will still be available when you read this, but worth popping along to check.