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“The Sex Perils of Paulette,” by Doris Wishman: Three Reasons for Criterion Consideration

Doris Wishman was one of the most prolific female directors working in the sexploitation genre in the 1960s. In fact, she may have been the only woman working in the field at that time, at least behind the camera. She began her career making “nudie-cutie” films like Nude on the Moon and Gentlemen Prefer Nature Girls. Set in Florida’s nudist communities, Wishman’s early films were loosely tied narratives, haphazardly thrown together for the sole purpose of showing semi-clad (and usually middle-aged) men and women sitting around a pool, playing volleyball, checkers, and other mundane activities.

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