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#1 Duke Togo

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 03:45 PM

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I AM CURIOUS... BOX SET

Seized by customs upon entry to the United States, subject of a heated court battle, banned in cities across the United States, Vilgot Sjöman's I Am Curious—Yellow is one of the most controversial films of all time. This landmark document of Swedish society during the sexual revolution has been declared both obscene and revolutionary. It tells the story of Lena (Lena Nyman), a searching and rebellious young woman, and her personal quest to understand the social and political conditions in 1960s Sweden, as well as her bold exploration of her own sexual identity. Shattering taboos as it freely traverses the lines between fact and fiction, I Am Curious—Yellow is presented here for the first time with its companion piece I Am Curious—Blue, a parallel film featuring the same characters and in which the lines between documentary and fiction are even further blurred.


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I AM CURIOUS—YELLOW
Vilgot Sjöman

Sweden • 1967 • 121 minutes • Black and White • 1.33:1 • Swedish
This landmark document of Swedish society during the sexual revolution has been declared both obscene and revolutionary. It tells the story of a searching and rebellious young woman's personal quest to understand the social and political conditions in 1960s Sweden, and her own sexual identity.


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I AM CURIOUS—BLUE
Vilgot Sjöman

Sweden • 1967 • 97 minutes • Black and White • 1.33:1 • Swedish
A parallel film to Vilgot Sjöman's controversial I Am Curious—Yellow, I Am Curious—Blue also follows young Lena on her journey of self-discovery. In Blue, Lena confronts issues of religion, sexuality, and the prison system, while at the same time exploring her own relationships.


DISC FEATURES
  • New high-definition digital transfers of both films
  • Excerpts from director Vilgot Sjöman's Self Portrait 92, a documentary made for Swedish television
  • New video introduction by the director
  • Director's diary: a selected scene audio commentary by Sjöman
  • Video interview with legendary publisher Barney Rosset and attorney Edward De Grazia about the controversy surrounding I Am Curious—Yellow
  • The Battle for "I Am Curious—Yellow": A video piece on the film's censorship and trial
  • Excerpts from the transcripts of the trial for I Am Curious—Yellow
  • Deleted scene with an introduction by Sjöman
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Essay by critic Gary Giddins and a reprinted 1968 interview with the director
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition


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Posted 02 March 2009 - 03:46 PM

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  • DVD Release Date: March 11, 2003


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Posted 20 May 2010 - 01:23 AM

I'm almost reluctant to admit it because it seems like no one ever has anything positive to say about these films but I really loved this release. In particular, the Yellow entry was captivating as a movie very much of its time but still relevant and provocative. Some of the anointed '60s politically-themed works can feel like very personal open wound analysis but this really never did to me. It's fascinating from a feminist mindset but still works cinematically. I can't understand the criticism of it as boring at all.

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 12:35 PM

This is one I will admit, I shut off after about 80 minutes or so. I was fighting to stay awake and although the subject matter is interesting, the execution is so poor. I didn't even try to watch Blue. I just removed it from the flix list. Even though this blew, I'm still interested in seeing some of Sjöman’s other films, mainly 491 which I can't seem to find anywhere.

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 04:44 PM

I still have not ventured to I AM CURIOUS—BLUE yet. I was not enthralled with the first film (always finish your films Mike :)) that I have not had much interest in the second. I could not connect with the characters, I thought Vilgot Sjöman’s direction was OK, but the lead actress just got on my nerves. I was more annoyed than anything else. I wasn't quite happy with the interjection of Martin Luther King (not sure now, something irked me at the time). Nothing in this film clicked for me.
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Posted 20 May 2010 - 08:10 PM

I usually do master. It takes something extremely bad or boring for me turn it off and that was one of them.

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 09:58 PM

It's not bad or boring! Taken together, the two colors form an absorbing entry into Swedish politics and activism of the era. I was more engaged by this than any of Godard's political films that are all supposedly daring and brilliant, so much so that they seem to have flown directly over my head and clear out the window of engagement.

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 04:41 PM

I've seen both. From what I can tell, if you've seen one, there's really no point in watching the other. As far as I can tell, they're basically the same movie. With that said, both films are good once you get past about the first thirty minutes or so (when the movie actually begins).

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 07:01 PM

I'm with clydefro. I loved this set. While I liked Yellow more, I also enjoyed Blue a lot. They do tell the same story, but they show two quite different sides to it. If you only see Yellow, you don't get the whole story. You get half of it. For example, Blue explains the (a) reason for her promiscuity and why she keeps going back to Borje even though he treats her like shit, and also shows how she gets the scabies. In Yellow, her mom is absent and barely mentioned, but is a central character in Blue. Blue also explains where she gets her political ideology from and gives more insight into why she goes crazy and gets rid of all her files at the end of Yellow.

I would say Yellow is more about politics and Swedish society whereas Blue is more about Lena (the character). Blue is more of a psychological drama which explains Lena's emotions and actions in Yellow. I liked the parts including the crew as well. The crew credits in Yellow coming in halfway through, with all of the crew trying to show Lena (the actress) how to do yoga, was unique and hilarious. I also thought the way Lena's memories of her parents' relationship is shown was quite clever, with Sjoman telling Lena (the actress) to imagine Lena (the character, as a child) watching her parents fight and then have make-up sex.

This is a pretty fascinating genre-bending experiment, and I loved it.
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