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Ferenc Herczeg (play)
Gustaf Molander (screenplay)
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Release Date:
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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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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Remade as The Blue Fox (1938)See more »


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Boring and Overrated, 6 June 2012
Author: stephander from United States

Though critically acclaimed, this 1920 film is interesting only from a historical perspective. It was directed notably by the great Swedish director Mauritz Stiller (he was actually a Jew from Finland), who had already directed dozens of films and was a master of his craft. Although he was yet to create his masterpiece The Saga of Gosta Berling, he would only direct a handful of films before his failed residency in Hollywood and premature death in 1928. Also worthy of mention is the film's male lead, a premiere Swedish actor, Lars Hanson, who would famously star several times with Stiller's great discovery Greta Garbo. Erotikon, though, scarcely lives up to its salacious title. It may have been somewhat daring in 1920, but today it is less apt to raise eyebrows than to close eyelids. There must have been a hundred silent features that would deal more compellingly with the theme of the errant wife and the dull husband. While there is no question Stiller has grasped the art of motion picture making -- the acting and camera-work and editing are polished and some of the title cards are witty, artistically the film is a disappointment. Even for one accustomed to the conventions of silent films, it is painfully slow and devoid of arresting incident. Only the unconventional ending (which I won't divulge) somewhat saves it. And the nicely restored Kino version unhappily features a musical score which does little to arise audience interest or connection to the plot. Its atrocious fiddle-scraping may be apt for the contemplation of suicide, but after a half hour or so its annoying discordance becomes unbearable and anyone of auditory sensibilities will soon be reduced to viewing this feature in grateful silence.

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