Scandinavian Blue

The Erotic Cinema of Sweden and Denmark in the 1960s and 1970s


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About the Book

This book traces the development of modern Scandinavian erotic cinema as it evolved in Denmark and Sweden, from the gentle Swedish naturalist films, starting with One Summer of Happiness in the 50s, to the controversial groundbreakers like I Am Curious (Yellow) of the 60s and on through to the dawn of “Liberated Denmark,” where, in the early 70s, the abolition of censorship was celebrated in films like 24 Hours with Ilse and the production of a number of other films that were blatantly pornographic.
Also considered is the influence of these films on other countries, particularly the United States, where Scandinavian erotic cinema helped to set in motion the sexual revolution and contributed to the end of film censorship.

About the Author(s)

An American expatriate living in Denmark since 1993, Jack Stevenson has written extensively about Danish cinema.

Bibliographic Details

Jack Stevenson
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 304
Bibliographic Info: 95 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4488-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1259-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      viii

Photo Credits      ix

Preface      1

Introduction      3

One. To 1966: Birth of a Mythology      7

One Summer of Happiness      8

Summer with Monika      12

The Duel      26

Weekend      28

Crazy Paradise      37

The Silence      39

Street Without End      41

Nymphomania; Call-Girls; “Heroes”      46

I, a Woman      59

Soya’s 17      68

Venom (a.k.a. Gift)      71

Loving Couples and Night Games      82

Two. 1967–1970: Censorship’s Last Stand      85

I, a Nobleman      85

I Am Curious (Yellow)      88

Inga      98

Sweden: Heaven or Hell?      101

Danish Blue      103

Without a Stitch      107

Heaven and Hell      118

Sensuela      124

First Prize Irene      128

The Language of Love      130

Relations—The Love Story from Denmark      137

Christa      140

The Daughter      141

Quiet Days in Clichy      147

Censorship in Denmark—A New Approach      154

Bedside Manner      157

Three. 1971 and Beyond: Total Freedom in Fact and Fiction      163

The Swinging Stewardesses      171

Freedom to Love      172

Why?      174

24 Hours with Ilse      177

Facts: Copenhagen Sex-Report      182

Bordello      189

Sexy Girls of Denmark      193

Adventure in Denmark      194

The Sinful Dwarf      199

Young Playthings      208

They Call Her One-Eye      210

Confessions of a Danish Cover Girl      213

Danish Pastries      215

Four. The Passing of an Era      220

Appendices      233

I. Jens Jørgen Thorsen: The Jesus Chronicles      233

II. Ole Ege, the Gentleman Pornographer      247

III. The Wet Dream Film Festival      255

IV. The Players      258

V. English and Original Titles      273

Notes      279

Bibliography      285

Index      287

Book Reviews & Awards

“there’s no better authority on exploitation cinema to head up this fascinating, in-depth history of the sexually liberated cinema”—Shock Cinema; “indispensable…a valuable and entertaining book”—Cineaste; “an absolutely fascinating read”—Little Shoppe of Horrors; “knowledgeable, intelligently…one of the best (and best designed) books to surface under the McFarland imprint”—Video Watchdog; “eye-opening…indispensible. A clear overview (of the subject) penned in an accessible style”—North-Art Magazine; “thorough and comprehensive. There is simply no better or more comprehensive book on this subject”—pop; “a major work of film scholarship that belongs on the bookshelf of every serious film buff”—Van Helsing’s Journal; “insanely heroic…a breath of fresh air in the history of cinema”—John Waters; “an engaging, well-written history filled with fascinating characters. A must for anyone interested in sex cinema”—Linda Williams, author of Hardcore: Power, Pleasure and the Frenzy of the Visible and Porn Studies.