said to Peter:
"You can sin and be forgiven 490 times.
This motion picture is about the 491st"
The Taboo-Breaking Debut Film from Director Vigot Sjoman
director: Vigot Sjoman
written by: Lars Gorling
starring: Leif Nymark · Lars Lind · Lena Nyman ·
Sven Algotsson · Stig Tornblom · Lars Hansson ·
of delinquents are chosen to participate in a social observation experiment
designed to educate authorities on how to better deal with the nihilistic
youth culture. This group of six troubled young men have agreed to live
together in an apartment (rather than do jail time) while being supervised
by a condescending social worker. Nisse, the leader of the gang, concocts
a plan to blackmail a homosexual police inspector but it backfires and
he is raped by the man. This sets Nisse on a frenzied mission to discredit
both the social worker and the inspector. Everything becomes ugly and
complicated when a young whore moves in with the group.
shockingly graphic story ran into major distribution problems worldwide,
initially even banned in Sweden. The year of release was 1964 and NOTHING
had previously hit the screen like this film. Filmmakers Sjoman/Gorling
broke numerous taboos: 1. Never before had the word 'fuck'
(Knulla) been heard in a movie [officially, the F-Bomb did not exist
in a movie until Bob Dylan's Don't Look Back or Joseph
Strick's James Joyce's Ulysses, both released three years
later in the summer of 1967); 2. This was the first commercial
International project to show full-frontal nudity, including pubic hair
[officially, according to film historians, that didn't happen until
Michelangeo Antonioni's Blow Up in 1966]; 3. This
was the first to feature bestiality as a crucial theme [and only one
of a handful of such films, also see BESTIALITA
OF DEATH (1974), EMANUELLE
INVESTIGATES VIOLENCE TO WOMEN (1977),
CRIATURE (1977) et al].
Despite all these landmark moments, this motion picture was overshadowed
by Vigot Sjoman's subsequent project I
AM CURIOUS (YELLOW), the movie that changed cinema forever.
That one opened the floodgates by being the first film to depict on-screen