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8 November 1920 (Sweden) See more »
EROTIKON surely pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable on the screen in 1920: Irene, the bored wife of a distracted entomologist... See more » | Add synopsis »
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The Professor, the Wife, the Niece, the Sculptor, the Baron - and the Shah See more (11 total) »


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Anders de Wahl ... Professor Leo Charpentier
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
Carina Ari ... Schaname the Dancer
Martin Oscár ... Shah the Dancer
Fridolf Rhudin ... Young Man
Arthur Natorp ... Spectator at the Opera
Gull Natorp ... Spectator at the Opera

Directed by
Mauritz Stiller 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ferenc Herczeg  play "A Kék róka"
Gustaf Molander  screenplay
Arthur Nordén  screenplay (as Arthur Nedron)
Mauritz Stiller  screenplay (as Mauritz Rellits)

Produced by
Charles Magnusson .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Henrik Jaenzon 
Art Direction by
Axel Esbensen 
Costume Design by
Carl Gille 
Other crew
Carina Ari .... choreography
Alva Lundin .... title designer

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97 min (16 fps) | 106 min (original release)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Portugal:M/12 (Cinemateca Portuguesa) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15

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Referenced in Blodigt jävla helvete (2008)See more »


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The Professor, the Wife, the Niece, the Sculptor, the Baron - and the Shah, 7 June 2006
Author: movingpicturegal from Los Angeles

Huge, dead tree beetles, a long-haired Arabian beauty dancing an erotic, half-naked dance of the veils wearing an exotic peacock-feathered headdress, and a niece who secretly likes to kick up her legs and smoke, makes mutton and cabbage casserole, and flirts with her own uncle - just a few of the things featured in this somewhat weird, but interesting, and even, at times, mildly amusing silent film. The film is about Leo, a professor of entomology and his tired-looking, bored "touched with melancholy" wife Irene, who has a crush on her husband's best friend, a handsome sculptor named Preben (Lars Hanson). Preben is in love with Irene as well, but holds back because of his friendship with her husband. Meanwhile, Leo flirts with, of all things, his own niece (and she must be a blood relative as she has the same last name as him!). Jealousies ensue.

I thought the film was pretty well done and enjoyable, though a bit slow in parts. The music score that accompanies this film didn't really suit the story very well and was pretty heavy and gloomy for most of the film - in fact, it was really getting on my nerves (not in a good way) for the last half hour or so. The music did suit the story in a few places though - namely, a scene where they attend the opera to see this fantasy ballet featuring the on-stage tale of a Shah and his beautiful "favorite wife", and my favorite scene in the film - an interesting bit of photography in which Irene takes a flight with another of her flirtations, Baron Felix, and we watch their little plane as it sours through the air, Irene's scarf flying in the open air cockpit, and camera strapped to the wings as it looks through the moving clouds to the landscape below. Well done. The print of this looked very good, tinted in most scenes a sort of bright yellow-brown shade.

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