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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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Vilgot Sjöman
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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 Chris Wahlström ... Rune's Woman
Marie Göranzon ... Marie
Magnus Nilsson ... Magnus
Ulla Lyttkens Ulla Lyttkens ... Ulla
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andreas Bellis ... Himself - Assistant Camera
Evgeniy Evtushenko ... Himself (as Jevtusjenko)
Marianne Johnson Marianne Johnson ... Herself - Script Girl
Martin Luther King ... Himself (as Martin Luther King Jr.)
Raymond Lundberg Raymond Lundberg ... Himself - Recording Supervisor
Lena Malmsjö Lena Malmsjö ... Herself - Production Coordinator
Christer Oestberg 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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

X | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

10 March 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Am Curious (Yellow) See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$20,238,100

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,700,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sandrews See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #180. See more »

Quotes

Magnus, Lena's school friend: Are there any interesting social cases here? People in sleazy flats? People with unpaid dental bills? Drug cases will do, too. I work for "Expressen" the paper with a sting. My paper is planning a conservative victory in the '68 elections. We're doing a series on the ten most sordid social welfare cases.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

A home video version has around twenty minutes of politics edited compared to what was seen in the original 35mm. See more »

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Soundtracks

L'Internationale
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Music by Pierre De Geyter
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Fascinating
28 March 2003 | by kurowilenSee 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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