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(1971)

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social drama meets soft porn
jeroenantonius29 September 2002
This combination of social drama and soft porn has many bizarre moments, but is actually pretty well acted by Hugo Metsers and especially the stunning Carry Tefsen, with a off beat beauty that reminds of Liza Minnelli.

Metsers, just released from prison, gets a flat in one of the huge Bijlmer buildings near Amsterdam (brand new in the late sixties, when this movie got made). Soon he finds out that this building is full of sex addicted housewifes. He enjoys this to the fullest, eventually starting a small business in orgies. While most of the women seem to have no control over their lust after Metsers, his neighbour Tefsen, happily married but with a unstoppable sex drive, is in full control all the time. She encourages the young man to explore all the sexual possibilities this building has to offer, giving him the confidence he so badly needs after four years in prison. Later she runs the orgie business along side him.

After the movie was shown at the Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht this year, Tefsen appeared on stage. She was welcomed to an wild ovation and shared some set stories along with director Wim Verstappen. It turned out she actually saw the film in full for the first time that night and was pleasantly suprised by her performance some thirty-two years earlier. She also thought the movie was a beautiful time capsule, showing life in the Netherlands of those days in a pretty honest way. Tefsen still looked radiant at the festival and it is a shame she gets so few chances to show her talents as filmactress. Over the years she played many well-recieved parts on stage though, especially in musicals such as Oliver, Fiddler on the Roof, Man of La Mancha, Irma la Douce and the Dutch classic De Jantjes.
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4/10
Bad Movie
TheOtherFool4 August 2004
It took the death of director Verstappen to show this one on TV in the Netherlands. Knowing that we normally don't have much of a problem with nudity on screen, Blue Movie must be something else.

And it is. The story and acting are laughable (apart from Metsers), and only serves to have Michael having sex with as many women in one flat as possible. Really, really silly.

The story tries to make some points near the end with a suicide but it's hard to take that serious after having witnessed one sex act after another. We sure have a sorry movie industry if this one is concidered as something of a classic.

4/10.
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2/10
Slow and awful by today's standards
Hans-5615 March 2009
This was a huge success in 1971 in Holland. It was Dutch, had sex in it and was more or less rebellious. Many people saw the movie, even though not everyone admitted to have actually watched it! It was the era the Dutch got loose from their religion. They started to be more open minded. In this respect this movie should not be underestimated. It is a monumental step in Dutch history.

But now we are almost 40 years later. Seeing the movie again is an ordeal. It turns out to be a very weak film indeed. The soft core sex scenes are awful at best. The acting is terrible. The story line is ridiculous. And the movie is ssslllooowww...

Still part of the atmosphere around 1970 is captured very well. The location (the Bijlmer area in the South of Amsterdam, now slums mainly, then brand new) is well chosen. But I am afraid that is the only positive remark I can make about this disaster on celluloid.

You want to watch a comparable movie with more or less the same theme, but well acted and with a good story? Try Turks Fruit.
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5/10
Blue in Bijlmer
jim_skreech31 October 2019
The main reason I watched Blue Movie was for the archive Bijlmer footage. No, really! I pass Amsterdam's Biljmer neighbourhood each day by train and see the block where the film's protagonists live. Now a very built up high-rise suburb on the edge of Amsterdam, Blue Movie was filmed just as the first blocks were completed, but isolated on the edge of the city, surrounded by muddy fields and the neighbourhood's infrastructure still an afterthought at the planner's office, and contains some priceless footage.

Curiously enough, this is also the 4th most successful ever Dutch film, released at a time that onscreen nudity and sex (with proper actors) was something new and quite daring, the sign of the modern liberated times, and drew an enthusiastic audience. It gave the Bijlmer also a reputation for supposely being full of bored and frustrated housewives. Such a genre of films did not last long into the 70s, since those that wanted to watch sex on screen could watch dedicated sex films without the boring talky bits, and the proper actors realised they were making straight exploitation films rather than art.

As is typical of exploitation films of the 70s, whether sex, horror, or crime, there are the 'good bits' and there is padding inbetween. A few decades later however, it is actually the padding that is interesting, whilst it's the sex scenes (naked people writhing about to a parping elevator music soundtrack) that are a bore to watch. Blue Movie is absolutely a time capsule, the new Bijlmer flats, the clothes and interiors, and the attitudes towards the new era of sexual liberation.

The film is also oddly downbeat and not at all erotic - few of the characters seem to be really enjoying themselves, and with the dim lighting and damp pallor of a wintery Amsterdam, you can almost sense the actor's cold toes. The sex party later in the film is barely watchable. As with the downbeat tone of the film, there does appear to be some attempt to make a message, but I was at a loss as to what this was supposed to be.

Watch if you want to see what the Bijlmer looked like in it's first few years or what the Dutch flocked to see at the cinema in 1971, but you might feel a bit bored and depressed towards the end.
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2/10
Mostly boring beyond revealing male anatomy
friedmannc31 December 2019
This movie was a daring taboo breaker at one time (1971), especially for its full male nudity including an erection, but the storyline, acting, characters, lack of eroticism and an attempt to finish with a message fail. Acting like you are enjoying sex should not be so difficult in the final scene. The sex party was literally boringly ridiculous. The first half had some interest but it was downhill after that.
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