Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Naked in Denmark 

Wednesday, May 12 2010
Comments
More than 75 years after Viennese beauty Hedy Lamarr went skinny-dipping in Ecstasy, sex in mainstream movies has devolved completely from European provocation to Hollywood exploitation. The Danish director Knud Leif Thomsen had the former in mind when he included hardcore sequences in his well-crafted 1966 film, Gift (released in the U.S. as Venom), but his devious plan blew up in his face. Thomsen meant to expose and indict the anything-goes morals of the exploding sexual revolution, but his strategy backfired when he agreed to insert large white crosses over the fucking bits, else the authorities would excise them altogether. The ridiculous compromise ignited a furious debate over censorship that led to its demise in Denmark in just a few years, opening the door for overtly pornographic films. This colorful history and a whole lot more is recounted in Jack Stevenson’s latest book, Scandinavian Blue: The Erotic Cinema of Sweden and Denmark in the 1960s and 1970s. An astute chronicler and collector of cult cinema, the Danish resident and former San Franciscan makes his annual pilgrimage to our seamy city for Scandinavian Blue: Book Launch and Screening with Jack Stevenson, featuring Venom and a couple of choice shorts. Provocation or exploitation? Judge for yourself.
Thu., May 20, 7:30 p.m., 2010

About The Author

Michael Fox

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"