With Language of LoveAnita: Swedish Nymphet (1973), Without a Stitch (1968), and Relations: the Love Story from Denmark
Nitehawk Cinema, New York | February – November 2015
Screening series

Nitehawk Naughties presents a year-long program on the profoundly influential era of Scandinavian erotic cinema in 1960s and 1970s.

The provocative films that came out of Denmark and Sweden the 1960s/1970s were amongst the first to truly display private sexuality on the big screen for public consumption. In doing so, they initiated important cultural and political debates on sex and censorship that reverberated throughout Europe and America. In fact, these films also heavily influenced the heyday of American porn cinema in the early 1970s (the focus of the 2014 Naughties program) with directors like Radley Metzger’s portrayal of sexual tales in a more cinematic manner.

Despite all of this, as Jack Stevenson writes in his book Scandinavian Blue, this is the “most overlooked chapter in film history” so Nitehawk Naughties: Scandinavian Erotic Cinema aims to help in this correction. The series will begin with a Valentines screening 1969’s Language of Love, perhaps best known to general audiences for being in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver as the worst date ever, and will include films such as Anita: Swedish Nymphet (1973), Without a Stitch (1968), and Relations: the Love Story from Denmark (1969). 

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