John Lamb – Sexual Freedom In Denmark (1970)

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Starting as a documentary on the sexually liberated culture of late-Sixties Denmark, Sexual Freedom in Denmark winds up incorporating major elements of the marriage manual form and even manages to squeeze in a montage of beaver loops and erotic art. All narrated with earnest pronouncements concerning the social and psychological benefits of sexual liberation. Tame by the standards of 1971, when hardcore loops and features would begin to flood certain metropolitan markets, the film was shocking enough in 1970 to instigate media attention and long lines at the box office. Continue reading

Jytte Rex – Silkevejen aka Silk Road (2004)

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“Silk Road might be the film that Tarkovskij dreamt of making just before his death.”
“In Denmark at least two directors rise above the commercial mainstream cinema. Lars von Trier is world famous, but veteran filmmaker Jytte Rex (born 1942) is little known, even in Denmark, although her recent feature film Silk Road (2004) is probably the most original Danish film since Triers Breaking the Waves (1996).”
“Jytte Rex was making “dogma films” 25 years before Trier launched the concept…”
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Bille August – Pelle erobreren AKA Pelle the Conqueror (1987)

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REVIEW by metalluk (from epinions.com):

Plot Details: Pelle The Conqueror (1987) ranks among the most critically acclaimed non-English language films of the past twenty-five years. It won the prestigious Grand Prix at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival as well as the 1988 Academy Award in the Best Foreign Film category. It is also the most commercially successful Danish film ever made. Small wonder! It is an intelligently made art work featuring magnificent photography and quietly restrained storytelling.

There is also a wonderful bit of irony in the casting of this film. The title character, Pelle, is played by Pelle Hvenegaard. While this is certainly not the first time that an actor or actress has had the same given name as the character they play, what’s special in this instance is that Pelle Hvenegaard was named after the character Pelle in the novel on which this film was later based. Thus, Pelle Hvenegaard plays his namesake in this movie.
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Viggo Larsen – Løvejagten AKA The Lion Hunt (1907)

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Synopsis
Two big game hunters are on safari in the jungle with their African guide. They observe zebras, ostrich and a hippopotamus, and catch a small monkey for a pet. During the night they are awakened by a lion which kills a small goat and then the hunters’ horse. The hunters shoot the lion as it stands by the water on a beach. They discover another lion and shoot it also. The lions are gutted and skinned. The happy hunters sit and smoke cigarettes afterward. Continue reading