As titillating as the phrase "full frontal nudity" may sound, baring it all on screen is not always a sexy endeavor. Truth be told, nudity can be as frightening for an audience as it is for the thespian tasked with dropping trou (see The Shining). It can also be hilarious (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), depressing (Requiem for a Dream), politically-charged (Salò), gratuitous (Showgirls), painful (Blue Velvet), or just plain strange (Antichrist).
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