A globally scaled follow-up to April 2001's highly rated Naked States: America Undercover, this documentary follows the celebrated and controversial artist Spencer Tunick on his latest, most ambitious project: a one-year t... more »rek to all seven continents to take photographs of naked people, individually and in groups, against various man-made and natural backdrops. Over the course of one year, all seven continents (including Antarctica - BRRRRR!) and nine countries (Canada, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Russia, Australia, Japan, South Africa and Brazil), Tunick and his crew map out an ambitious agenda that says as much about the cultures he encounters as it does about the subjects and landmarks he photographs. The film questions what nakedness means to people in different countries and climates, both geographic and political, and underscores just how volatile the debate about nudity as a legitimate art form can be.« less
"I got Naked States years ago so I decided to get this one as well. I'm not sure which I like best (it's been so long since I watched "States") but this one was interesting. The video work was generally well done, Tunick might even give a better impression of himself this time around and sometimes it even looked 'arty'. I don't remember much about the gallery extra but the New York/Grand Central bit had a somewhat disorganized look to it (maybe all photo shoots are like that), and appeared to consist entirely of hundreds of women. The resulting pictures didn't look like art to me, or pornography, but the women seemed to really enjoy themselves- not much sign of nervousness. In all of the countries shown,in some of which only a few people posed, it seemed to be a common thread that people would be a little nervous but also excited and enjoying themselves- that might be the best part of this program (the joy of the occaision). Some pictures come out more artful than others but this is a good video for what art does come through and for the look on people's faces as they nervously have a good time. I don't regret getting it."
Just being naked isn't art.
handy | Pacific Grove, CA USA | 08/31/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"'Art' requires more than just documenting naked people worldwide. Therefore, this is more of a documentary rather than a form of artistic expression. The photographer makes it clear in one scene where he doesn't think his pictures are artsy but just documenting a happening. And also that there are certainly other people who have already done a similar thing. But if you want to see how people look in other countries without their body being retouched, then this film is for you.
If you're going to claim your work is 'art', be sure to put something of your heart into it first."
Looks like he made it after all
Michelle D. Rauscher | hollywood, fl usa | 01/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Watch Naked States first and then this DVD to see how far Mr. Tunick has come. He is now traveling the world rather than the US in a van. Photos are very tastefully done and not pornographic. His group shots are my favorite. I purchased Naked States and Naked World after participating in one of his photo shoots in Miami Beach, FL in Oct. 2007. It's a weird feeling standing around with a bunch of naked strangers waiting for a cloud to move so he can get his shot. I learned that no matter what your background, education, skin color, salary or what kind of car you drive at the end of the day we are all the same. "
ANDREW K. DUNCAN | San Antonio, TX | 01/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you like artistic nudity (mostly female), you will like this DVD. It is worth what I paid. "
...ButI Know What I Like!
Lee Varner | Las Vegas, NV USA | 06/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I like pictures of naked women, but I like real people, w/o thousands of dollars of surgery, airbrushing, dumb poses, etc. So I found this doc about Spencer Tunick's project to be just right. And as another reviewer said, the people posing, whether singly or by the thousands, all seemed to have had a real 'moment' at the shoots, which seemed to be 'happenings' too. They always cheer happily afterwards, proud to have dared to be free, however briefly. And I so liked the sequence w/ the Russian Museum Director who had her doubts, but was willing to do it 'for art'. I applaude her, and the artist, and all his models. Naked in the streets looks like good clean fun to me!"