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Semesterplan Week 12: Whatever Happened to Sex in Scandinavia?

Published 2007/03/19

Scene from the film I Am Curious - Yellow Directed by Vilgot Sjöman, 1967


A Repeated Screening of the Film Programme

Wednesday, 21 March, 15:00–23:30

Office for Contemporary Art Norway
ISP Studio 4
Wergelandsveien 17

15:00: Daisies
16:30: I Am Curious — Yellow
18:40: Flesh
20:30: W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism
22:00: The Raspberry Reich

Popcorn and drinks will be provided

Please note a change in schedule for Kunst and Kapital

Please note that Kunst and Kapital #2: The Artist's Standard of Living in One of the Ten Most Expensive Cities in the World: Has the Gentrification of Oslo Been Completed / Where Does Art Take Place When No Process Room Is Left?, is to be delayed until further into late Spring. The new scheduling for the event will be announced in the upcoming OCA Semesterplan Spring/Summer 2007. In lieu of this event, OCA will reschedule the film programme for Whatever Happened to Sex in Scandinavia?

Sedmikrásky / Daisies
1966 (Czechoslovakia)
Directed by Véra Chytilová
74 min, Czech with English subtitles

Chytilová's heroines rebelliously try to subvert the patriarchal system and gender stereotypes — and fail. Two teenage girls, both named Marie, decide that since the world is spoiled, they will be spoiled as well; accordingly they embark on a series of destructive pranks in which they consume and destroy the world about them. Daisies is a continuation on the part of the Chytilová's inquiry into female representation in film while providing a panorama into Czech culture and society described from an alternative point of view as shared by non-conformists, artists and intellectuals in the country at the time. Czech authorities banned this film immediately after its release in 1966.

Jag är nyfiken — Gul / I Am Curious — Yellow
1967 (Sweden)
Directed by Vilgot Sjöman
121 min, Swedish with English subtitles

A landmark film that helped define the emergent change in Swedish film of the 1960s though it borrowed heavily from the style of Ingmar Bergman. Like a French New Wave film, the movie uses jump cuts and features a story not structured in the usual, Hollywood structure. In one sense, it is a documentary-within-a-movie, but this is complicated by the companion film, I Am Curious — Blue, released in 1968. This second "version" of the movie, that takes place before and after the first movie, has a more somber and bitterly satiric style, and further explication of the framing narrative. Initially, I Am Curious — Blueand I Am Curious — Yellow were meant as one 3½ hour film. The film includes numerous and frank scenes of nudity and staged sexual intercourse. In 1969, the film was banned in the U.S. state of Massachusetts for being pornographic. After three court battles the U.S. Supreme Court, the verdict passed in Byrne v. Karalexis, 401, U.S. 216 (1970), legalized the movie by overturning the state anti-obscenity law that regulated motion pictures.

1968 (USA)
Directed by Paul Morrissey
Produced by Andy Warhol
89 min, English

Paul Morrissey's film is the first in an erotically charged Flesh, Trash, Heat trilogy and a decisive homage to the aesthetic that inspired Warhol's first works. Commencing with a prolonged shot of a sleeping Joe Dallesandro (echoing Warhol's six-hour film,Sleep), Flesh launches into a somewhat esoteric plot, following Joe as he starts his day. Joe works as a prostitute to fund an abortion needed by the girlfriend of his lackadaisical wife. Bouncing between seedy encounters with delusional and damaged clients and dates with drag queens and neophyte hustlers, Joe is often the object of sexual attention and obsession as he meanders through his life.

W.R.: Misterije Organizma / W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism
1971 (Yugoslavia)
Directed by Dusan Makavejev
80 min, Serbian, German, English with English subtitles

The starting point for Dusan Makavejev's film is William Reich, the Marxist psychoanalyst who preached social improvement through sexual enlightenment. Reich is portrayed as an intellectual, sexual pioneer, and theorist of "orgone energy" but also of "world revolution". By juxtaposing hippie America and Cold War Yugoslavia, the "Black Wave" film director stages an encounter between psychotherapy, marxism, sexual permissiveness and socialism.

The Raspberry Reich
2004 (Germany/Cananda)
Written and directed by Bruce LaBruce
90 min, English
Suitable only for persons 18 years and over

The Raspberry Reich is a 2004 film by director Bruce LaBruce which explores what LaBruce calls "terrorist chic", cult dynamics and the power of homosexual expression. It is about a contemporary terrorist group who set out to continue the work of the Red Army Faction (RAF), also known as the Baader-Meinhof Gang. They call themselves the "Sixth Generation of the Baader-Meinhof Gang" and "The Raspberry Reich," making reference to the sexologist Wilhelm Reich. The group consists of several young men, and a female leader named Gudrun (after Gudrun Ensslin). All of the characters are named after original members of the Baader-Meinhof Gang, or other revolutionaries such as Che Guevara. Gudrun is the charismatic leader of the group who engages a band of impressionable young men in the fight against war, oppression and capitalism. Believing that heterosexual monogamy is the "opiate of the masses", Gudrun orders her straight recruits to have sex with each other in order to prove themselves as authentic revolutionaries. The Reich kidnaps the son of Germany's wealthiest bankers in an attempt to kick-start their cause, but Gudrun's desire to embrace "radical chic" and destroy the bourgeois construct of sexual identity sets everything out of control.

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Cinema exterior during the German release of Flesh