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Naked States (2000)

Photographer Spencer Tunick travels the U.S. in search of volunteers to pose nude for his outlaw photo-shoots, all of them done out in public and often without legal permits. This ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Spencer Tunick ... Himself (photographer)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Himself (Phish)
Fraya Berg ... Herself
Deborah Berman ... Herself
Reg Bowes ... Himself
Ken Q. Fine ... Himself
Teri Kelsh ... Herself
Ronald Kuby ... Himself (Tunick's attorney) (as Ron Kuby)
Tanysha Marbury ... Herself
Toby Mildenberger ... Herself
Mary Pascal ... Herself
Jonathan Porcelli ... Himself
Jerome Samuelson ... Himself
David Silver ... Himself
Michael Simmons ... Himself


Photographer Spencer Tunick travels the U.S. in search of volunteers to pose nude for his outlaw photo-shoots, all of them done out in public and often without legal permits. This documentray chronicles Tunick's logistic nightmares, his brushes with the law, and the free-spirit-volunteers who discard their inhibitions for his artistic vision, and their own personal concepts of self-gratification Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 September 2001 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Gymne politeies: I tainia  »

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The film is deceptively edited. Spencer Tunick did two Times Square shoots, one in 1997 and one in 1999. At the start of the film, his arrest at the 1999 shoot is incorporated into footage from the 1997 shoot. The Naked States tour happened 1997-98. The film makes it appear as if Spencer had criminal charges pending at the time of the tour.

Spencer's arrest and vindication are used to bookend the film. In fact, all that happened a year after the Naked States tour concluded. See more »


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Everyone should pose for Spencer sometime!
17 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

This film was screened on SBS in Australia a few years ago, a country which had provided him with the largest turnout for his installation up to that time (in Melbourne). Spencer Tunick is indeed a talented photographer and a renaissance man in the sense that he is constantly helping people to re-assess the world and the way that they see themselves by posing nude in public. From the installation in Madison Square right through to the zig-zag line at Burning Man, this film is a joy to watch as people who are initially shy and frightened of posing for him morph into brash and confident individuals afterward. They've been there and done that and don't need to try and prove themselves to anyone anymore. I also manage Spencer's Yahoo! group which has some interesting discussions so you can share your insight on that too if you wish. He hasn't come to my town yet, but I will be one of the first to pose for him if/when he decides to.

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