I Am Curious

I Am Curious (Blue): Directed by Vilgot Sjöman. With Maj Hultén, Vilgot Sjöman, Lena Nyman, Börje Ahlstedt. Told in a quasi-documentary style, this companion piece to Jag är nyfiken – en film i gult (1967) deals with topics such as class society, religion, sex, contraceptives, and the Swedish prison Kumla.

Still a controversial film to anyone that would care about it, this is the other side of the coin to the “I Am Curious: Yellow” version of the film, which I’m somewhat uncomfortable calling “versions” because they’re completely different and are unique and separate films. They’re more like companion pieces than versions or sequels, both of them touching on politics, religious, or sexual topics that are just as relevant today as they were in 1968. The version I watched was a borrowed copy of the Criterion release which comes with some minor director’s commentary that enlightens the audience to some of the more subtle portions of the film. The entire thing is done in Swedish with English subtitles, with the commentary in English, which is nice to hear the director’s stance on things in his own voice.

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