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I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967)

Jag är nyfiken - en film i gult (original title)
X | | Drama | 10 March 1969 (USA)
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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Lena Nyman
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Vilgot Sjöman
Börje Ahlstedt ...
Börje
Peter Lindgren ...
Rune Nyman
Chris Wahlström ...
Rune's Woman
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Marie
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Magnus
Ulla Lyttkens ...
Ulla
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andreas Bellis ...
Himself - Assistant Camera
Evgeniy Evtushenko ...
Himself (as Jevtusjenko)
Marianne Johnson ...
Herself - Script Girl
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Himself (as Martin Luther King Jr.)
Raymond Lundberg ...
Himself - Recording Supervisor
Lena Malmsjö ...
Herself - Production Coordinator
Christer Oestberg ...
Himself - Sound Assistant (as Christer Ostberg)
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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 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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The interview with Martin Luther King was filmed in March 1966 when Dr. King was in Stockholm with Harry Belafonte to garner Swedish support for the American Civil Rights Movement. See more »

Quotes

Vilgot Sjöman: Do you have to have a religious belief to take part in a non-violent movement?
Martin Luther King: No, not necessarily.
Vilgot Sjöman: If you find that a person cannot stand being attacked, what do you do with him? Do you speak to him and explain to him that he cannot be with you any longer?
Martin Luther King: Well, we always discourage those who cannot be subjected to attack - the one who would retaliate with violence - not to participate in a demonstration. The rules are very rigid in a non-violent movement and we feel that a person who can't ...
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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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Soundtracks

We Shall Overcome
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Musical and Lyrical adaptation by Zilphia Horton, Frank Hamilton, Guy Carawan and Pete Seeger
Performed by Lena Nyman
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Fascinating
28 March 2003 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Fascinating I approached I Am Curious (Yellow) and it's companion piece with great trepidation. I'd read numerous reports on its widely touted controversy and explicit sex. What I got wasn't this, but a thoroughly thought provoking and engaging cinema experience unlike any other. I sincerely believe that the majority of the commenter who felt the film was `lame' or `boring' approached the film as if it were pornography. Perhaps this is pornography, assuming pornography is something intended to titillate the senses, but it is intentionally un-erotic. Lena, the protagonist, throws her all into her performance giving it a realistic and humanity that is simply convincing and enduring. Her breasts may be saggy, her nipples unusually large, her thighs fat, and her face, chubby. But by the end of the film, the audience comes to identify with her, and accept her faults as human. This touch gives her even more believability out necessity. Had the director cast a Briget Bardot bombshell the effect would have been nullified. I cannot more highly recommend this thought provoking piece. Be prepared to invest much thought in this deliberately paced film. The patient and unassuming viewer will be thoroughly rewarded in ways most other films could dream.


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