Culture Trip stands with Black Lives Matter. Upon its release, some in Sweden felt that it showed a prejudice towards Swedes living up north, a claim denied by the director. But while reading about uncomfortable events is one thing, seeing them play out on screen is another. The brutality of the films shocked some, and had people questioning if Sweden really had this seedy underbelly, or was just home to a writer with a great imagination. In this release, written and directed by and starring Anna Odell, the main character grows up to become a famous artist.
10 Influential Erotic Films from Sweden
10 Influential Erotic Films from Sweden | Scene
By Mariah Larsson. Combining historical case studies with comprehensive analyses of advertisements, critical responses and censorship records, Larsson deconstructs the complexities and paradoxes of the Swedish porn scene. Looking as closely at the exhibition spaces where porn was seen as at the productions themselves and their audiences, Larsson reveals the conditions and social changes that allowed pornography in Sweden to flourish in the period. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission.
Feature Film, Sweden, sex (Sorted by Release Date Ascending)
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.
It included a glimpse of naked breasts, which helped make it an international success. This another film with a Lars von Trier connection: its star, Harriet Andersson, went on to appear in Dogville, 50 years later. Of course, the films seldom delivered what their lurid marketing promised, but audiences would drive all the way across a state to watch a supposedly racy title with a few seconds of naked swimmers diving into the chilly waters of the archipelago. And so it was that the Swedes were landed with their new image.