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I Am Curious (Yellow) (original Swedish title: Jag är nyfiken - gul) is a 1967 Swedishmarker film directed by Vilgot Sjöman 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 3½ hour film. The films are named after the colours of the Swedish flag.

Style

Yellow 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 Hollywoodmarker way. It also contains documentary elements; for example, it features a brief appearance by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who is interviewed by Sjöman about his views on civil disobedience. This interview was filmed in March 1966, when Dr. King and Harry Belafonte were in Stockholmmarker to start a new initiative for Swedish support of African Americans.

Censorship

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 Massachusettsmarker 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. Mass. 1969)), the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United Statesmarker (Byrne v. Karalexis, 396 U.S. 976 (1969) and 401 U.S. 216 (1971)), the Second Circuit Court of Appeals found the movie not to be obscene.

Influence

The film's title was the inspiration for:



Reception

Initial reception to the films were hostile with Vincent Canby of The New York Times stating that, "I'm not very fond of this sort of moviemaking, which tries to disarm conventional criticism by exploiting formlessness as meaningful itself."

References

  1. Vilgot Sjöman, I Was Curious: Diary of the Making of a Film (Grove Press, 1968)
  2. Sjöman, published screenplay (Grove Press, 1968)
  3. I Am Curious / Jag är nyfiken | Film International
  4. The New York Times’ review of Blue


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