OUR WALTER of the week goes to an unlikely candidate today. It's not a person. It's a movie.
The Blue Lagoon made its debut 32 years ago on July 5, 1980. Set on a tropical island the film---based upon a novel by Henry Stacpoole---told the story of two shipwrecked youngsters growing up alone but for each other. There was romance, there were corny lines at times, and there was actress Brooke Shields.
But there was also quite a bit of nudity, first as the young tyke versions of the characters skinny dipped in the ocean. Later, actor Christopher Atkins also skinny dipped and strolled about on the island in little more than a loincloth. (For her part, Shields did not do much actual nudity. Body doubles and discreetly placed objects were more commonly used.)
Despite what could be said about the dialogue or the plot, one must admit that the movie got a lot of people thinking about how much fun it would be to frolic about in little or no clothing. While aspects of The Blue Lagoon were clearly meant to titillate and exploit sexual tension, other elements simply highlighted the beauty of experiencing naturism in nature. (Those interested can purchase it for download on Amazon . Or consult the Internet Movie Database .)
We at the Bare Platypus have met more than one person who first thought about nudism after watching The Blue Lagoon. For that reason, combined with the anniversary of its release this week, we present it this Walter.