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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anders de Wahl ...
Tora Teje ...
Irene Charpentier, the Professor's Wife
Karin Molander ...
Marthe, Leo's Niece
Elin Lagergren ...
Irene's Mother
Lars Hanson ...
Preben Wells, the Sculptor
Vilhelm Bryde ...
Baron Felix
Bell Hedqvist ...
The Baron's Friend
Torsten Hammarén ...
Professor Sidonius
Vilhelm Berndtson ...
Jean the Butler
Stina Berg ...
Servant
John Lindlöf ...
Preben's Friend
Greta Lindgren ...
Preben's Model
Carl Wallin ...
Fur Salesman
Gucken Cederborg ...
Kitchen Maid
Tora Wibergh ...
Jenny
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EROTIKON surely pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable on the screen in 1920: Irene, the bored wife of a distracted entomologist, pursues a womanizing aviator, but she may actually be in love with Preben, her husband's best friend. Meanwhile, her husband seems to be getting unusually close with his own niece. Stiller obviously delights in teasing his audience with each scandalous plot twist and every salacious leer, and the result is a deliciously subversive comedy that was very much ahead of its time. Written by Anonymous

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The first romantic comedy
16 July 1999 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

A scientist falls in love with a young girl who brings life and joy into his old house and marriage, while his wife is having an affair with his best friend. This is a completely delightful romantic comedy - one of the first ones ever? - with an abundance of wit and good acting. Mauritz Stiller is sometimes considered less interesting than his contemporary Swedish director Victor Sjöström, but Stiller had a feel for style and comedy which makes his films in my eyes fresher and more enjoyable than Sjöström's films. Stiller's more somber films have not aged as well as his comedies. Erotikon is perhaps a ditty, but it is certainly a wonderful one. If possible, see it in a cinema with a piano player playing live music - the film truly benefits from it.


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