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On the morning of October 16 at 3:30 TCM is showing the Swedish film I Am Curious Yellow. I have heard about this film for years but have not seen it. Supposed it was very racy for it's time but tame these days, (so it's not like TCM is showing Behind The Green Door.) I plan to DVR it,

(call me a pervert I don't care.)

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I plan to record it as well! (I need to make space on the dvr. LOL.) I remember all the hubbub at the time. It was banned in some places. Where it was allowed to be shown, it did huge biz. I'm sure it's tame by today's standards. I think there is some nudity in it (but I doubt much else) I remember when the sequel opened, it flopped (Blue) Guess the public interest had waned........

 

Please alert us next week so we dont forget! :D

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I think that anybody who is looking forward to seeing I AM CURIOUS (YELLOW) because of its reputation will be disappointed. I was a projectionist back then and ran the film a number of times and believe me by today's standards it's tame.

 

As I recall, the big fuss was caused by graphic (by 1960's standards) sex scenes that included full-frontal male nudity which had resulted in the film being seized by U.S. Customs.

 

As for me, I'm going to watch it to see if it's as I remembered.(o nly recorded, not at 3am), but I don't expect any surprises.

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>hamradio said: Too bad she couldn't do a 2nd sequel before she passed on "I Am Curious Grey".

 

There is a companion to this film which was intended to be a part of it, making this a 3-1/2 hour film. It takes place before and after Yellow, making it, I suppose, both a prequel and sequel. It is *I Am Curious (Blue).*

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I wonder if it was the quality of the MOVIE, or all the "hoopla" surrounding it that made it somewhat of a success? Maybe if no fuss was made, it would have faded quickly into obscurity.

 

I'm reminded of another "racy" movie, back in the early '70's around here called "Naked Came The Stranger", which supposedly had an "X" rating( which is equivalent to a "PG-13" these days) and caused the same kind of fuss.

 

Only one theater in the area was showing it. It was located just over the county border in Oakland county, and the new, young and brash right-wing county official L. Brooks Patterson swore he would "clean up" the county by doing all he could to rid it of this "purile, obscene trash". It was broadcast on all the local evening news channels, with film footage showing Brooks himself out in front of the theater. Now everybody knew which theater it was and it's location.

 

What wound up happening was the local news went back to the threater and showed film( no tape in those days) of people lined up around the block waiting to get in. Despite local paper movie critics saying the movie sucked, people clammored to get in. On camera, the theater owner thanked Brooks, claiming he was close to end a contracted one week run two days short due to sluggish ticket sales. After Brooks went on air to condemn it, buisiness became so brisk as to cause him to hold it over another couple of weeks. Indeed, had NOT the fuss been made, it would have quietly slunk away.

 

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LOL. I vaguely remember that film. Yellow, like Deep Throat benefited from all the publicity of trying to shut it down, which of course only made people want to see it. Yellow wasn't hard-core porn like Throat, but was one of the early European sex films to cause a commotion in the late 60s which later was overtaken by hardcore porn.....

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>Sepiatone said: I wonder if it was the quality of the MOVIE, or all the "hoopla" surrounding it that made it somewhat of a success? Maybe if no fuss was made, it would have faded quickly into obscurity.

 

 

 

 

 

That's been proven the case many times over.Tell, people they can't see something and get some righteous group to throw up a picket line and all the theater owner has to do is unlock the doors and stand back to keep from getting trampled by the crowds. They can't buy that kind of publicity. People who would never think of seeing a Swedish film will stand in line for hours because they heard "it's dirty".

 

I remember some years ago, our local film society showed the ever controversial "Birth Of A Nation" as part a silent film series. Thanks to pickets and the coverage by the media, what would have been a normal crowd of about 75 turned into several hundred and sold out the showing.

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> The CBC shows uncut movies late at night, (however they seem to show fewer movies these days.)

 

In the '70's, I had a "TENNA ROTOR" attatched to my TV antenna, and late nights on weekends, we'd spin that thing in Canada's direction to pick some of them up. Uncut, and often without commercial interruption. Most times the picture was snowy, and some of the movies were in French without subtitles, but we weren't actually interested in LISTENING to them. So it was OK.

 

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This was a bad movie in its day, and is, no doubt, equally bad today. I know how disappointed all of my college buddies and Iwere when a car load of us drove 4 hours to Chicago from our college campus to see it, since we knew we could only see it in the big city. Two hours of the incomprehenible, with a few flashes of full frontal nudity are what viewers have to look forward to. I was curious blue.

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> my college buddies and I were when a car load of us drove 4 hours to Chicago from our college campus to see it

 

Wow. A 4-hour drive to see a foreign film just for a chance to see a little nudity. You all musta been jocks - nobody else would be that..... uh, nevermind.

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>Europe has always been more liberal when it come to sex. Countries like France has commercials that are R rated by our standards

 

I recall a couple of topless scenes in two different Josephine Baker films that TCM aired years ago. But I never saw them again. One was her working in Paris and the other was a scene of an Caribbean island girl singing topless.

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Wow, you have a good memory babes' ;)

 

I remeber the first commercial I saw on TV in Paris, it was of a 'Completely Nude' woman riding a horse. I guess she was supposed to be Lady Godiva or something although she did not have long hair. Perhaps the commercial was for Godiva Chocolates, although I didn't see the connection.

 

Anyway, I was very shocked ! Not something one would expect to see on a commercial.

 

Twinkee

 

Edited by: twinkeee on Oct 15, 2013 2:56 PM

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