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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lena Nyman ...
Lena Nyman
Vilgot Sjöman ...
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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Storyline

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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Generally acknowledged to be the first mainstream film to openly show a male full frontal. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Moonlighting: I Am Curious... Maddie (1987) See more »

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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Historical curiosity
9 February 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This film, once sensational for its forward-thinking politics and depictions of free love and sexual liberation, has been reduced by time to a mere curiosity. It seems absurd now that this mostly boring little film had been banned and seized by governments in many countries. Given how socialistic Sweden eventually became, the 'radicalism' of its politics, once controversial, appear naive and almost mainstream four decades later. And its sex scenes, at one time the subject of sensational obscenity trials, look pretty tame in a modern context. Nevertheless, the film and accompanying documentaries detailing its many controversies and influences remains marginally watchable as an early reliquary of 60's youth rebellion. One part of the film that still holds up: its self-consciousness with respect to the 'fourth wall'. Every once in a while, the filmmakers film themselves making the film. The satiric playfulness of this still elicits a chuckle.


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