The first films containing nudity were the early erotic films.Production of such films commenced almost immediately after the invention of the motion picture.
Another scenario for nudity in film involves scenes with a nude swim, also called skinny dipping.
Toplessness in film is regarded by some as partial nudity.
In some cases, nudity has been criticized as "superfluous" or "gratuitous" to the plot, and some film producers have been accused of including nudity in a film to appeal to certain audiences.
Many actors and actresses have appeared nude, or exposing parts of their bodies or dressed in ways considered provocative by contemporary standards at some point in their careers.
Nudity has almost universally not been permitted on stage, but sheer or simulated nudity may have been.
Devices used include use of skin-tight flesh-colored bodystockings to simulate nudity or vital parts to be covered by long hair, for roles such as Lady Godiva.
Since the development of the medium, inclusion in films of any form of sexuality has been controversial, and in the case of most nude scenes has had to be justified as being part of the story, in the concept of "artistically justifiable nudity".
In some cases nudity is itself the object of a film or is used in the development of the character of the subject.
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