Sunday, October 10, 2010

"I Am Curious (Yellow)" one of the best modern films I've seen

And I don't say that lightly. This film from Sweden in '67 is just as relevant today as it was back then. Despite the uproar about the nudity in it, the film is about politics. It's not just implicitly political, it's explicitly political, with Lena staging various protests about issues, interviewing Olaf Palme, going to the headquarters of the LO, Sweden's trade union federation, and interviewing people about class in Sweden, on and on. The opinions implied and the questions asked are very current. They even interview Yevgeny Yevtushenko, who has some very interesting opinions. So the fact that you have a 22 year old girl with big boobs naked for a good portion of it, or at least half naked, is sort of besides the point--although the nudity was part of the point for sure. But I think that it was intended as a politics in a broader sense, in relation perhaps to Naturism and to erotic freedom, rather than as porn. If you want to see a Swedish 22 year old's breasts, get a magazine. If you want to see a provocative film that makes you think about social issues, see "I Am Curious (Yellow)". The film is so current that it could have been made today. Now I sound like an advertising slogan....

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