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I Am Curious: Blue/I Am Curious: Yellow [2 Discs] [Criterion Collection] [DVD]

Release Date:03/11/2003
Whichever hue piques your curiosity, The Criterion Collection presents this special pairing of two erotic arthouse films from Swedish director Vilgot Sjöman. Both films are presented in their original aspect ratio of 1.33:1 full-frame, offering audio rendered in Swedish Dolby Digital Mono with optional English subtitles. Extra features for I Am Curious (Yellow) include a new video introduction by director Sjöman; a "Director's Diary," which offers commentary on select scenes; interviews with publisher Barney Rosset and attorney Edward de Grazia regarding the controversy caused by the film; a video essay entitled "The Battle for I Am Curious -- Yellow," addressing the censorship of the film and subsequent trial; excerpts from the transcripts of that trial; a theatrical trailer; and an essay by film critic Gary Giddins. Bonus materials for I Am Curious (Blue) include a "Director's Diary" that offers commentary on select scenes, excerpts from Sjöman's 1992 Swedish television documentary Self Portrait '92, a deleted scene with an introduction by Sjöman, and reprinted excerpts from a 1968 interview with Sjöman.

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    Special Features

    • I am Curious (Yellow):
    • New video introduction by director Vilgot Sjöman
    • Director's Diary: Vilgot Sjöman's commentary on selected scenes from the film
    • New video interview with legendary publisher Barney Rosset and attorney Edward de Grazia about the controversy surrounding the film
    • "The Battle for I Am Curious -- Yellow," a video essay on the film's censorship and trial
    • Excerpts from the transcripts of the trial for I Am Curious (Yellow)
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Essay by critic Gary Giddins
    • New and improved English subtitle translation
    • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
    • I Am Curious (Blue):
    • Excerpts from Sjöman's "Self Portrait '92," a documentary made for Swedish television
    • Deleted scene with an introduction by Sjöman
    • Reprinted excerpts from a 1968 interview with Sjöman


    I Am Curious (Yellow)
    Vilgot Sjoman's film, an account of a female sociologist undertaking a sex survey, was a huge scandal in its day thanks to its frontal nudity and frank portrayal of sexual issues. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

    I Am Curious (Blue)
    One of the most popular and controversial films in Swedish history, I Am Curious brought the sexual revolution to Sweden's silver screen. While much of the media hype centered on the film's scandalous content, the film's blending of documentary and fictional footage was equally shocking for Swedish audiences. Content-wise, the film's more controversial parts include the defacement of a photograph of Franco and a sequence where a young couple has sex in front of the royal palace. A film in two parts, Yellow and Blue each have essentially the same vague outline of a plot. Lena and her boyfriend engage in lots of liberated sexual play -- that's the fiction. At the same time, they are working on a documentary, which is real. In the documentary footage, they investigate Sweden's political history, the state of its democracy, and the everyday lives of its citizens. In the Blue version, Lena journeys far into the deserted north, filming the beautiful wilderness and revealing a decidedly unmodern Sweden. Blue's most significant departure from the first part is in this exploration of Sweden's pastoral ideal. ~ Brian Whitener, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Lena Nyman
      Lena Nyman - Lena Nyman
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      Peter Lindgren - Lena's Father
    • Börje Ahlstedt
      Börje Ahlstedt - Borje, Lena's boyfriend
    • Marie Goranzon
      Marie Goranzon - Marie, Borje's mistress
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      Magnus Nilsson - Magnus, Lena's school friend

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