The Way to Strength and Beauty was a hemstitched 7-reel German documentary, originally released in 1925 and distributed as "educational" fare in America two years later. Comprised of newsreel vignettes and generous chunks of propaganda films, the film was ostensibly a paean to the physical-culture movement in Europe. In truth, it was one step above an exploitationer, chock full of titillating shots of nude male and female athletes and models. The titles, which seem at times to be mocking the entire endeavor, snootily disdain the necessity of "confining" clothes while celebrating the therapeutic values of au naturel outdoor activities. In supposed Greco-Roman tradition, the healthy on-screen males and females, young and old alike, strike various "classical" poses, naked as jaybirds. No one was really fooled by the "instructional' pretensions of The Way to Strength and Beauty; most of the patrons showed up to catch a peek at what Walter Winchell used to call "feelthy peectures."
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