I am Curious Yellow (1967)



ӡѺ: Vilgot Sjöman
ҧ: Göran Lindgren
¹: Vilgot Sjöman
ѡʴVilgot Sjöman, Peter Lindgren, Lena Nyman, Börje Ahlstedt, Chris Wahlström,
              Marie Göranzon
: Bengt Ernryd
Ҿ: Peter Wester
Ѵ: Wic Kjellin
: 121 min
: Sweden
: Swedish

: Drama

Subtitle: English/

I Am Curious (Yellow) is a 1967 Swedish film directed by Vilgot Sjöman and starring Lena Nyman as a character named after her. It is a companion film to 1968''s I Am Curious (Blue); the two were initially intended to be one 3½ hour film.[1] The films are named after the colours of the Swedish flag.

Yellow was a landmark film that helped define the emergent change in Swedish film of the 1960s. Like a French New Wave film, the movie uses jump cuts and its story is not structured in a conventional Hollywood way. It also contains documentary elements; for example, it features a brief appearance by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who is interviewed by Sjöman about his views on civil disobedience. This interview was filmed in March 1966, when Dr. King and Harry Belafonte were in Stockholm to start a new initiative for Swedish support of African Americans.

The film includes numerous and frank scenes of nudity and staged sexual intercourse. In one particularly controversial scene, Lena kissed her lover''s flaccid penis. In 1969, the film was banned in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for being pornographic. However, after proceedings in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts (Karalexis v. Byrne, 306 F. Supp. 1363 (D. Mass. 1969)), the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States (Byrne v. Karalexis, 396 U.S. 976 (1969) and 401 U.S. 216 (1971)), the Second Circuit Court of Appeals found the movie not to be obscene.