I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967)
"Jag är nyfiken - en film i gult" (original title)

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Lena, aged twenty, wants to know all she can about life and reality. She collects information on everyone and everything, storing her findings in an enormous archive. She experiments with ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Lena Nyman ...
Lena Nyman
Vilgot Sjöman ...
Vilgot Sjöman
Börje Ahlstedt ...
Peter Lindgren ...
Rune Nyman
Chris Wahlström ...
Rune's Woman
Ulla Lyttkens ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andreas Bellis ...
Himself - Assistant Camera
Evgeniy Evtushenko ...
Himself (as Jevtusjenko)
Marianne Johnson ...
Herself - Script Girl
Himself (as Martin Luther King Jr.)
Raymond Lundberg ...
Himself - Recording Supervisor
Lena Malmsjö ...
Herself - Production Coordinator
Christer Oestberg ...
Himself - Sound Assistant (as Christer Ostberg)


Lena, aged twenty, wants to know all she can about life and reality. She collects information on everyone and everything, storing her findings in an enormous archive. She experiments with relationships, political activism, and meditation. Meanwhile, the actors, director and crew are shown in a humorous parallel plot about the making of the film and their reactions to the story and each other. Nudity, explicit sex, and controversial politics kept this film from being shown in the US while its seizure by Customs was appealed. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@ansel.intersource.com>

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$20,238,100 (USA)

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In Marvel Comics' "The Amazing Spider-Man #101" (published in October 1971) Gwen Stacy suggests to Peter Parker to go and see this film, adding he could cover her eyes "during the spicy parts." See more »


Anna Lena Lisabet Nyman: What would the rest of you do if we were invaded?
Boy in Uniform: Not give up. Sweden doesn't give up. And ignore all radio messages saying Sweden's been defeated.
Anna Lena Lisabet Nyman: Is that what you learn?
Boy in Uniform: It's in the book In Case of War. It was sent to everybody.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits as follows: (voiceover, sung) Sandrews makes good films (on screen) "Lena Nyman, theatre student, age 22" (on screen) "Vilgot Sjoeman, director, age 42" (on screen) "Jag aer nyfiken" [I Am Curious], three times (voiceover) Buy our film, the only film that comes in two versions, one yellow, one blue. Same but different, that is true! Unique to view, the one that's blue. Ugly and nice, we repeat it twice: this is the yellow version, yes, the yellow version! (on screen) "en film i gult" [a yellow film] See more »


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Maybe better today
11 July 2003 | by (Montreal, Quebec) – See all my reviews

It is not the bad art film I expected. In fact, it left me with the impression that lots of people could relate to it these days (the question of obesity is treated interestingly even if it is only in an impressionist way). The politics are not that bad either - but someone brought up in a conservative environment may think it's strange or dated. It is not also the `socialist' film I thought it would be also. It ends with a crew member singing `freedom is not easy'. I kept thinking that this is the main idea of the film: freedom is not anarchy. Freedom is a situation in which you can do what you want to do if the other with whom you are expressing it wants the same freedom. If not, then problems arise. As for the claims of being pornographic, I don't get it. If seeing people naked is bad - while killing people in wars is ok - then I really do not get it. At the individual level, the film is more about the struggles of a young woman discovering moral freedom. She tries to express it with free sex but finds herself enmeshed in jealousy at the same time. An interesting movie that merits, at least for me, its cult status.

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