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Episode 171 – Vilgot Sjöman’s I Am Curious…

This time on the podcast, Scott is joined by David Blakeslee and James McCormick to discuss Vilgot Sjöman’s I Am Curious (Yellow) and I Am Curious (Blue).

About the film:

Seized by customs upon entry to the United States, subject of a heated court battle, banned in cities across the United States, Vilgot Sjöman’s I Am Curious—Yellow is one of the most controversial films of all time. This landmark document of Swedish society during the sexual revolution has been declared both obscene and revolutionary. It tells the story of Lena (Lena Nyman), a searching and rebellious young woman, and her personal quest to understand the social and political conditions in 1960s Sweden, as well as her bold exploration of her own sexual identity. Shattering taboos as it freely traverses the lines between fact and fiction, I Am Curious—Yellow is presented here for the first time with
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Criterion Reflections – I Am Curious (Blue) (1968) – #181

David’s Quick Take for the tl;dr Media Consumer:

Both of Vilgot Sjöman’s I Am Curious films are far too often unjustly overlooked and appear to have been saddled with harsher reputations than either of them deserve. (Yellow) probably suffered a serious backlash due to its extraordinary popularity after it was censored and brought before the United States Supreme Court as obscene and therefore prohibited material, even though it doesn’t begin to approach anything we’d consider pornographic by contemporary standards. (Blue) was likewise dismissed and overlooked by the same crowds who were underwhelmed by (Yellow), expecting to see something that Sjöman never intended. Together, the two films are really just a combined, extended 3 1/2 hour anthology of Swedish culture and politics of the late 1960s as seen through the eyes of the director Sjöman and his young protege/lover/antagonist Lena Nyman, roughly half his age and
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10 Great Performances from Ingrid Bergman

Ingrid Bergman’s oeuvre contains few performances that aren’t of note. Such is her power that, if a tear rolls down her cheek, you feel it. The release of Stig Björkman‘s new documentary Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words has prompted us to look back through the great actress’s filmography.

In our search for the essential Bergman roles, the performances which cemented her as a legend of cinema, there’s certainly a number of dazzling and iconic pictures to search through. Acclaimed examples such as Elena and Her Men, Joan of Arc, and Anastasia — the lattermost of which earned her a second Academy Award — narrowly and tragically found their way off the list.

Before checking out Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words, take a trip with us back through the career of one of the greatest talents to ever grace the silver screen. Enjoy the
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Legendary Bergman on TCM: From Hollywood Career-Ruining Scandal to 3 Oscars and Another Bergman

Ingrid Bergman ca. early 1940s. Ingrid Bergman movies on TCM: From the artificial 'Gaslight' to the magisterial 'Autumn Sonata' Two days ago, Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” series highlighted the film career of Greta Garbo. Today, Aug. 28, '15, TCM is focusing on another Swedish actress, three-time Academy Award winner Ingrid Bergman, who would have turned 100 years old tomorrow. TCM has likely aired most of Bergman's Hollywood films, and at least some of her early Swedish work. As a result, today's only premiere is Fielder Cook's little-seen and little-remembered From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1973), about two bored kids (Sally Prager, Johnny Doran) who run away from home and end up at New York City's Metropolitan Museum. Obviously, this is no A Night at the Museum – and that's a major plus. Bergman plays an elderly art lover who takes an interest in them; her
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Mad Men: The Story Behind That Softcore Sex Film Don and Megan Went to See

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Mad Men: The Story Behind That Softcore Sex Film Don and Megan Went to See
Nowadays, the title I Am Curious (Yellow) is probably better known than the film to which it belongs, having been parodied or referenced in everything from Get Smart to Superman comics to The Simpsons and now, Mad Men. It's the film that Don and Megan went to see off-screen in last night's episode. (Don: "[I'm] still scandalized." Peggy: "Of course Megan would want to see a dirty movie.") In 1969, and for some years afterward, this Swedish movie was the highest-grossing foreign film in the U.S. by a wide margin, thanks to a censorship scandal that helped pave the way for more explicit material to be shown on American movie screens.The film is an arty doc-narrative hybrid about sexual mores, class struggle, and political attitudes in Sweden. Director Vilgot Sjoman cast himself as a filmmaker following a politically committed and sexually liberated young drama student, Lena Nyman, around Stockholm, about
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'Autumn Sonata' (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray Review

When I really began digging into classic cinema, one of the films I started with was Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal, and it wasn't that long ago. According to Netflix, I returned the disc on January 8, 2008 after returning Bergman's Wild Strawberries about a month earlier (I wrote about them both briefly right here). I'd actually received both discs at the same time, but kept Seventh Seal a little longer because it had so truly captured my imagination. I've written about it a few times since, including a review of the Criterion Blu-ray a little over four years ago. I've found Bergman's work captivating ever since, several as a result of the Criterion Collection including reviewing Smiles of a Summer Night, Summer Interlude and Summer with Monica, Fanny and Alexander and The Magician along with my discovery of Persona two years ago, whose two-shot imagery is repeated in a highly
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Criterion Collection: Autumn Sonata | Blu-ray Review

Two of the 20th Century’s best actresses team up – or square off, to be more precise – in Ingmar Bergman’s Autumn Sonata from 1978. This simple, austere production peels away every layer of a tortured mother/daughter relationship, revealing decades of toxic damage deep within. The film presents an uncomfortably frank appraisal of one family’s stark dysfunction, and the bonds of codependency that ensure a continuing spiral of guilt. And after the wreckage is thoroughly surveyed and assessed, most viewers will recognize scattered bits of their own lives amid the emotional debris.

Here we meet Eva (Liv Ullmann), a mousey preacher’s wife in the rural south of Norway. She spends her quiet days performing musical selections for her husband’s church and dusting the tidy parsonage they call home. One morning Eva composes a letter to her mother Charlotte, a globetrotting concert pianist, inviting her for a visit.
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Maria Schneider, Cliff Robertson, Barbara Kent, Tura Satana: TCM Remembers 2011 Pt.2

Elizabeth Taylor, Farley Granger, Jane Russell, Peter Falk, Sidney Lumet: TCM Remembers 2011 Pt. 1

Also: child actor John Howard Davies (David Lean's Oliver Twist), Charles Chaplin discovery Marilyn Nash (Monsieur Verdoux), director and Oscar ceremony producer Gilbert Cates (Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams, I Never Sang for My Father), veteran Japanese actress Hideko Takamine (House of Many Pleasures), Jeff Conaway of Grease and the television series Taxi, and Tura Satana of the cult classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!.

More: Neva Patterson, who loses Cary Grant to Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember; Ingmar Bergman cinematographer Gunnar Fischer (Smiles of a Summer Night, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries); Marlon Brando's The Wild One leading lady Mary Murphy; and two actresses featured in controversial, epoch-making films: Lena Nyman, the star of the Swedish drama I Am Curious (Yellow), labeled as pornography by prudish American authorities back in the late '60s,
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Lena Nyman obituary

Swedish star of the notorious 1967 film I Am Curious (Yellow)

The Swedish actor Lena Nyman has died of cancer aged 66, a day after the death of Maria Schneider. Both actors were instantly associated with a sexually explicit film: Schneider with Last Tango in Paris and Nyman with I Am Curious (Yellow). But while Schneider's career and life suffered consequently, Nyman went on to establish herself as a well-loved performer in her native country.

Cut by 11 minutes in Britain, I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967), directed by Vilgot Sjöman, was seized by the Us customs, pronounced obscene and banned. But a federal appeals court then ruled that it was protected under the first amendment, which allowed it to be released in March 1969 – though only in New York and New Jersey. From today's perspective, it seems much ado about nothing, but the brouhaha helped it remain the most financially successful foreign film in the
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Lena Nyman, 1944 - 2011

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Updated through 2/7.

"Swedish actress Lena Nyman, who starred in Ingmar Bergman's 1978 film Autumn Sonata, died Friday after a long illness, her agent told Afp. Nyman got her breakthrough in Vilgot Sjöman's 1967 and 1968 landmark films I Am Curious (Yellow) and I Am Curious (Blue)… She obtained the Swedish Film Institute's Guldbagge award for Best Actress in 1968 for her work in both films, which had caused scandal because of her nudity… Tributes to the actress poured in in Sweden Friday, where she is known for her work in theatre, film and television."
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Lena Nyman Dies: I Am Curious (Yellow) Banned as Pornography

Lena Nyman in Vilgot Sjöman's I Am Curious (Yellow) Lena Nyman, the Swedish actress who starred in the controversial, sexually charged Swedish drama I Am Curious (Yellow), died today following "a long illness." She was 66. Curiously, Nyman's death took place one day after that of another star of another controversial, sexually charged release of that era, Last Tango in Paris' Maria Schneider. Shot in documentary style — the director plays himself, Nyman plays a character named "Lena," and so on — and featuring simulated sex and male/female nudity, Vilgot Sjöman's Jag är nyfiken – gul / I Am Curious (Yellow) was released in Sweden in 1967, thus preceding Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris by five years. When the film arrived in the United States, it was seized by customs as pornographic material, which, if allowed into the country would lead to more race riots and political assassinations, not to
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Swedish Actress Nyman Dead

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Swedish Actress Nyman Dead
Swedish actress Lena Nyman has died at the age of 66.

Nyman, whose sexy film roles helped define the country's provocative film movement in the 1960s, passed away in a hospital in Stockholm on Friday morning following a lengthy period of ill health. The cause of death is not known as WENN goes to press.

She won acclaim for her role in spoof documentary I Am Curious - Yellow, which was banned in America for two years.

After a career spanning 50 films and numerous stage roles, she was handed Swedish royal medal Litteris et Artibus in 2004 and the nation's acting honour The Eugene O'Neill Award two years later.

Swedish Actress Lena Nyman Dies at 66

Swedish actress Lena Nyman has died after battling an illness, The Associated Press reports. She was 66.

Nyman starred in more than 50 Swedish films and plays, many of which were sexually explicit. She rose to international fame when she landed the lead role in I Am Curious — Yellow, the 1967 film that was banned in the U.S. for two years due to the nudity and sex scenes. She also starred in the sequel I Am Curious — Blue.

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