While this boxset's title and those of the films it contains conjures up cheerful images of light, saucy frolics, the contents prove to be a much more serious proposition. Of the six films included, three are actually sex education movies, while the three fiction films on offer centre on 'damaged' women caught up in games of sex, control and power. The first two take the form of extremely serious panel discussions hosted by psychologists Inge and Sten Hegeler, joined by various experts to discuss sex in all of its myriad forms. Indeed, the second installment specifically focuses on more taboo elements such as disabilities, homosexuality, transvestism and pornography. The final film dispenses with the guests and pays a visit to the Hegeler family at their holiday retreat, where they play with their kids in the pool, cook food and discuss sexual case studies, which are acted out onscreen for the viewer's benefit. The three ficition films in the set act as a showcase for Swedish actress and glamour model Christina Lindberg. Anita: Swedish Nymphet finds the starlet playing an alienated young woman whose search for love takes a self-destructive turn as she journeys into the world of nymphomania. Wide Open gives her a supporting role in a messy exploitation flick involving stolen drugs hidden in a fur coat that ends with a gangster forcing the three leading ladies to perform a bottomless can-can for him. As you do. All of the films have clearly seen much better days and the source prints are riddled with dirt and damage.
Swedish cinema historically has a more liberal stance towards sex than their North American counterparts. These early Swedish summer films blended arthouse with grindhouse in the Scandinavian countryside, and they were able to appeal both to highbrow and lowbrow audiences as a result. This reputation was embraced in Swedish cinema for decades, and these ten films exemplify that. Set during World War II, the film tells the story of a love affair between Stig, a fifteen-year-old boy on the verge on manhood, and Viola, his schoolteacher. Viola feels trapped in a troubled marriage to Kjell, who struggles with depression and alcoholism. Things are further complicated when Stig and Kjell become friends.
1970s erotic drama films
Plot This erotic tale centers on the alluring Anita Christina Lindberg , whose search for love leads to an empty life of nymphomania. Erik plays the role of counselor as Anita slowly reveals her troubled past, but will his prescription of ultimate ecstasy really cure her? The original title is taken from the Swedish hymn "Den blomstertid nu kommer", which is traditionally sung in schools before closing for the summer holiday. It was the last film to be made by Widerberg.
In the Sixties and Seventies, however, at least parts of the region were considered anarchistic hotspots of the Sexual Revolution. In which latter departments Sweden and Denmark were, despite minor differences, alike in being unencumbered by prudish attitudes toward the human body. Their young protagonists cohabited and skinny-dipped without shame.