I am curious - yellow

I am curious - yellow

DVD - 2003 | Swedish
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Lena is a true woman of the 60's in search of her own selfhood. She becomes a political activist, challenging traditional values on the issues of militarism, social equality and sexual liberation. The film was seized by U.S. Customs and released in the U.S. only after the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the ruling of a lower court.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, c2003
ISBN: 9780780026582
0780026586
Branch Call Number: SWE 791.4372 I114s1
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (121 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Nyman, Lena
Sjöman, Vilgot

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Nursebob
Jan 31, 2018

Controversial, even confrontational, for its time this Swedish groundbreaker has been rendered embarrassingly "quaint" with time. The central irony---a politically apathetic actress playing a left wing agitator in a movie-within-a-movie---gets lost in far too many drawn out interviews and sound bytes as 60s Swedes give their opinions on everything from gender equality to Sweden's class structure, and the taboo sex/nudity is just so much stagey softcore jiggling (oh look! she has a framed portrait of Franco on her bedroom wall...how deep!) Interesting for those into cinematic archaeology.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jan 03, 2018

I'm no prude - But since viewing 1967's, controversial "I Am Curious (Yellow)" - I am now no longer curious about anything, regardless of its colour.

I guess that back in the supposedly "Swinging Sixties", it was this film's totally blase', wham-bam-thank-you-mam attitude towards sex (promiscuous sex, that is) and the shocking reality of VD (Oh! My gosh!) that got a bunch of sneering, self-righteous critics all in a snitty, little outrage over the sheer brazenness of this film's content back in the USA.

Banned outright (upon its initial release) in several countries across the globe - "I Am Curious (Yellow)", (which contains plenty of full-frontal nudity of both men and women) made sex, from my perspective, to be about as interesting to view as being forced to have to watch someone (whom I disliked immensely) fry an egg.

Very amateurish, indeed - This disappointing Swedish production, which was definitely far too long for its own good, certainly seemed to go out of its way to feature a number of decidedly unattractive actors (especially when seen in the nude) in its cast.

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akirakato
Dec 01, 2014

This is a 1967 Swedish film written and directed by Vilgot Sjöman.
The film includes numerous and frank scenes of nudity and staged sexual intercourse.
One particularly controversial scene features Lena kisses her lover's flaccid penis.
In 1969, the film was banned in Massachusetts for being pornographic.
After proceedings in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States, the Second Circuit found the film not to be obscene.
I consider this film to be quite informative, political and amusing (even foolishly funny at times)---far from pornographic.

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zerfer
Oct 29, 2012

Could not get into it. Just simply not well shot. Very dated. Anthropological pieces this yellow and blue

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