I Am Curious
(Yellow) (original Swedish title: Jag Ã¤r nyfiken -
gul) is a 1967 Swedish film directed by Vilgot
SjÃ¶man and starring Lena Nyman as a
character named after her.
It is a companion film to 1968's
I Am Curious
; the two
were initially intended to be one 3Â½ hour film. The films are named
after the colours of the Swedish
was a landmark film that helped define the emergent
change in Swedish film of the 1960s. Like a French New Wave film, the movie uses
jump cuts and its story is not structured
in a conventional Hollywood way.
It also contains documentary elements;
for example, it features a brief appearance by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
is interviewed by SjÃ¶man about his views on civil disobedience.
interview was filmed in March 1966, when Dr. King and Harry Belafonte were in Stockholm to start a new initiative for Swedish support of
A notorious scene in which Lena kisses
her lover's flaccid penis.
The film includes numerous and frank scenes of nudity
and staged sexual intercourse
. In one particularly
controversial scene, Lena kissed her lover's flaccid penis
. In 1969, the film was banned in the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts for being pornographic.
However, after proceedings
in the United
States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
(Karalexis v. Byrne
, 306 F. Supp. 1363 (D.
1969)), the Second
Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of
the United States (Byrne
, 396 U.S. 976 (1969)
and 401 U.S. 216 (1971)
), the Second Circuit Court of Appeals found
the movie not to be obscene.
The film's title was the inspiration for:
Initial reception to the films were hostile with Vincent Canby
of The New York Times
"I'm not very fond of this sort of moviemaking, which tries to
disarm conventional criticism by exploiting formlessness as
- Vilgot SjÃ¶man, I Was Curious: Diary of the Making of a
- SjÃ¶man, published screenplay (Grove Press, 1968)
- I Am
Curious / Jag Ã¤r nyfiken | Film International
- The New York Timesâ€™ review of