The 1984 movie Educating Julie tells the story of a university student given the assignment to write a paper on nudity in the 80s. It follows the experience of Julie and her reluctant boyfriend Steve as they explore the clothes free lifestyle. The movie holds together quite well as we observe Julie’s struggle with her body image as well as how to get the information she needs for her assignment. After an initial visit to a nudist camp Julie and Steve divide the research with Steve taking the seamy strip club side of things and Julie focusing on her growing interest in naturism.
In the process Julie and her boy friend go through several ups and downs and learn about themselves, each other and their relationship. There are humorous moments, straight out funny ones and even more serious scenes. One particular serious scene involves harassment of Julie by some young men a the local pub. The connection they make between nudity and sex accurately expresses the common social misconception.
The movie shows the clothes free lifestyle and members of the community in a very positive light. I suspect many of the “actors” are actual nudists who do a yeoman’s job with the acting while bringing authenticity to the film. The acceptance, support and help Julie and her boyfriend experience from the nudists I think reflects the true nature of the community. There is a informative conversation about the history of naturism. Unfortunately the optimistic view of the nudists in the film about the advancement of the clothes free lifestyle has not been realized. Things have not gotten better since 1984 when the film was released.
The end of the film seems to have some filler footage involving a quickly arranged trip to a Florida nudist resort in the United States. The move places Julie and her now converted boyfriend in a new location which presents American perspective on clothes free life. There is also time for romantic non sexual clothes free time canuding together for Steve and Julie. While the scenery in nature nice it doesn’t add anything to the story.
I genuinely enjoy this movie though I doubt it could be made the same way today as there are some children shot at the family naturist venues. However, the themes, story and acting all make for a very enjoyable film so I recommend with the caveat just mentioned. The ful version has recently found its way to you tube which I have linked to here.