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A WOMAN AND HER WARM BEAST (1971)

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Directer:Eberhardt Kronhausen, Phyllis Kronhausen  Producer:John Hilbard    

Music:Ole Høyer  Cinematography:Mikael Salomon Editor:Finn Henriksen 

Running time:82mn Country:Denmark Language:Italian

Genre:Adult, Documentary  Subtitle: English Starring:Knud P. Andersen, Hugh M. Hefner,

Keld Holm, Bodil Joensen, Søren Strømberg, Dale Robinson, Effie Schou,

Eberhardt Kronhausen, Phyllis Kronhausen

 

   



          The best known film to feature Bodil Joensen was WHY (Hvorfor Gor de Det was its full original Danish title, translating into Why Do They Do lt?). It was produced in 1971 by American Sex researchers, Phyllis and Eberhard Kronhausen, who were living in Denmark in the early seventies. Prior to this the Kronhausens had produced an anthology of twenties and thirties hardcore stag films entitled Porno Pop. They would also became known for their exceptional collection of erotic art on display in San Francisco through the mid-seventies (at the San Francisco Museum of Erotic Art, which can be seen pictured in the 1974 hardcore film, Sip the Wine), and in 1975 they would publish a book, The Sex People.

          Why Do They Do lt? explores "the psychology and sociology of the Danish live sex show business as it flourished in 1970 and 1971", as the Kronhausens describe it in The Sex People. The first segment deals with an interracial lesbian couple, the second presents simultaneous copulation by two married couples in front of bleacher stands full of students, and the third segment focuses on Bodil.

         Bodil''s scenes were again filmed at the familiar rented farm in Odsherred. She insisted on greeting every member of the film crew with an awkward handshake, and to the Kronhausens, her appearance - the customary headband and Cleopatra-style eye makeup -heightened the bizarre impression and gave her a kind of ''little-girl-playing-movie-star'' quality. In the locket that she wore on a chain around her neck was a photo of Lassie.

         Bodil then proceeded to (attempt to) perform with Sofus, her bull, Lassie, and Dreamlight, the stallion, whom she could only fondle to ejaculation due to the impossibility of human-to horse copulation. "You can''t do it with a stallion, he''d split you apart," she sighs. Bodil found it necessary to feed Sofus and Lassie an aphrodisiac of Yohimbene, widely used as such in its root form in Africa. She kneaded soft bread into a ball into which she placed two pills and fed it to the animals. At least in the case of the dog, this produced successful results. She finished off by copulating with her boyfriend Knud. As with A Summer Day, there is some attempt to understand her as a person.


 






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