The Beautiful, the Bloody, and the Bare (1964)
Genre: Drama | Horror | Nudie
Country: USA | Director: Sande N. Johnsen
Language: English | Subtitles: none
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 | Length: 64mn
Dvdrip H264 Mkv – 720×543 – 23.976fps – 1.20gb

An artist and his wife hold art classes using nude models. Their photographer friend Pete returns from two years in Europe, and they try to convince him he has a promising career in nude photography. He eventually agrees to try it, but finds that the sight of red hair or red nail polish triggers unhealthy impulses, to the detriment of some of his models.

Hold the marinara sauce; it’s The Beautiful, The Bloody, And The Bare! Artiste-photographer Pete arrives in New York after a two-year job stint in “Europe”. Crashing at his painter-friend’s flat, Pete attempts to break into the commercial photog biz by shooting nude women. A sharp mind is obviously at work. Furthermore, Pete cannot stand the color red. Drives the guy nuts! Redhead. Red sweater. Red chair. Red blood. Red kills. After a lazy 48 minutes of breasts, righteous 60s interiors, and stuttering art debates (they actually use the word “conducive”), The Beautiful… goes out with 17 minutes of schizo pop-art violence. And then, with a humble Public Service Announcement (“Beware of old friends!”, FYI), it’s all over. Conducive.

How ya been, Sande? Aside from the hand-scrawled opening credits on the streets of NYC, director Sande N. Johnsen ditches the downtown grit of his later Teenage Gang Debs for a beach party with a twisted brain. For the most part, that’s a fine place to be. The Beautiful… beams with electric mid-60s color, clean-cut appearances, and hints of manic strangeness. Bongos never stop. People scream, but no sound emits. Narration skirts around the plot, but finds solace in the leisure activities of nude models. Monotonous? At times. Charming? Always. Quite simply, The Beautiful… is Barry Mahon’s nude revue coming to terms with the gore revolution. Imagine Color Me Blood Red talking shop with The Beast That Killed Women in a beatnik diner. Solid. Mahon and his ilk never chanced upon this lovely combination in real life, so The Beautiful… is the next best thing.


The Beautiful, the Bloody, and the Bare (1964)