Released: 1998 by Pamela
Producer(s): Pamela Green
Music: (stock recordings)
Directed: Douglas Webb
Starring: Pamela Green
Rated: Not rated (or needed)
Never Knowingly Overdressed is a must-have video for a connoisseur
of fine nude art. Pamela Green, one of Britain.s premier nude
models, and her late husband Doug Webb produced it. Since Doug
was a professional photographer, with an extensive background in
film studio still work, you can rest assured the quality of the
still photographs shown is top-notch. The nude work is artistic
and excellent, and Pamela is extremely self-assured out of her
clothes. Even in the few adult strip films she did with George
Harrison Marks, she may have been a bit naughty but she was never
lewd. There were obviously standards that were adhered to in her
heyday. This is one tape I can vouch for personally, since I.ve
had extensive correspondence with Pamela (and some with her late
husband), as well as having visited her while on vacation in England
in 1998. She.s become a dear friend as a result of our association.
project is a retrospective of a life lived in front of the camera.
It chronicles Pamela.s early years in art and dance school, her
introduction to nude modeling, and progresses through a career
that spans four decades. She started doing nude work in the late
.40s and was still at it in the late .70s! Most of her photographic
work is excellent but the absolute zenith is her now famous nude
work with Doug Webb. He was a photographer.s photographer, a
man of impeccable craftsmanship who knew his art inside out. Each
of his photographs is a study in lighting. Tragically, all his
early work with Pamela was burned in a warehouse fire, so Doug
and Pamela set out, when she was in her mid-forties, to recreate
the entire portfolio. The result is a remarkable catalogue of work
by a photographer and a model both at the top of their game.
There is a section of the tape featuring her work with George
Harrison Marks, a photographer best known for his .girlie. films.
A little known fact of this period is that Pamela was the genius
behind a large part of Mark.s work. Pamela did a ton of work
behind the scenes (some of it financial) in producing his photographs
and films, helping to launch and produce their magazine Kamera,
as well as Kamera Cine Productions. She also ran the mail order
end of things. Pamela continued her work behind the camera with
Doug Webb as well.
The price of this VHS is money well spent,
for you get 135 minutes of narration, clips and stills. Pamela
provides much explanation of her work, replete with well presented
stills. Included, are five of the strip films Pamela did with
Marks that are run silently for some unknown reason. A bit of appropriate
sound track would have been nice. There is also an extensive
section where Pamela.s photos run as a slide show, this time with
a lovely musical soundtrack. The only jarring note of this first-rate
production is that you have to reconcile the motherly figure of
Pamela today with the siren (actually three sirens, if you count
Rita Landre and Princess Somnar) of her photographic work. Nevertheless,
this fact tends to humanize Pamela, as you realize the nude goddess
is one of us mortals after all.
Never Knowingly Overdressed
is an enjoyable viewing experience for anyone serious about art
and artistic nudes, whether on canvas or on photographic paper.
The standards are the highest throughout. Even the adult loops
are more charming than raunchy. You.ll find plenty to admire
in this videotape. Hopefully, it will eventually be redone for
Never Knowingly Overdressed provides a glimpse into another
era, where art came before sex and where there were areas you
simply didn.t venture into.