Where Facts of Life are Stranger than Fiction"
Italian title: SVEZIA INFERNO E PARADISO [Sweden Hell and Heaven]
also known as SWEDEN HEAVEN OR HELL
narration by Edmund Purdom music by Piero Umiliani
shockumentary broke boxoffice records upon its USA release in 1968 (see
right), attracting huge audiences hoping for a glimpse at the ugly underbelly
of the "world's most idyllic country." The ads promised: SEE
The Love Cruise: A training course for turned-on teens, SEE
Bachelorette Party: A bride-to-be's last fling, SEE Moonlightlight
Babes: Cops by day, nude models at night, SEE The Swap
Shop: A trade-in deal for married couples only, SEE Polar
Bare Club: World's most beautiful snow girls, SEE A Haven
for Hippies: Where everything is free, SEE The Communal
for Survival: a radiation-proof city beneath a city, SEE
The Eden of Sweden: Where clothes aren't allowed, SEE The
Smut Library: The world of government sanctioned porn. Plus more!
of the '60s. Interesting, the film also featured a unique soundtrack
from Piero Umiliani which included his Mah-Na-Mah-Na (see
left), an infectious tune that later charted as a Muppet 'original'
(supposedly performed by The Two Snowths). Luigi Scattini
graduated with a law degree, but chose to become a journalist and film
critic for several Italian magazines including Gente and
Oggi. He became a documentarian in the early '60s and
moved to the 'shockumentary' with this project. He would often work
as editor and scripter for his projects. In 1977, he helmed a quirky
actioner with Annie Belle and Pamela Grier, NIGHT
OF THE HIGH TIDE. Mr Scattini died from natural causes in 2010
at age 83.