I am furious (yelping)

Joe Dante reviews the 1968 Mondo film Svezia, Inferno e Paradiso:

Calculated to shock middle‑aged conservatives, the P.A.C. Caravel production is the kind of hypocritically moralistic picture which deplores debauchery while wallowing in it. Taking a determinedly lurid approach, it sees liberal Sweden in terms of declining Rome, morality crumbling everywhere, and full of hedonistic degenerates who “think they are happy.” Luigi Scattini’s leering, loaded narration, read by actor Edmond Purdom, and the former’s obviously staged direction will prove thoroughly unconvincing to sophisticated viewers.

In patently titillating manner, and for no discernible purpose, it “depicts” the evils of permissiveness in Sweden: sex education, leading directly to wild immorality, with contraceptives available by vending machine; a gang rape by Swedish Hell’s Angels types (“raped in the dirt by two, or three, or five of the pack”); exploration of adoption problems (an excuse for a childbirth scene); TV interviews with teenage girls who reflect on their first sexual experiences at ages six and up; teenagers who make out freely in front of helpless parents; Swedish women’s preference for black males (“more primitive, more to the point”); wife‑swapping clubs; lesbianism; pornography; rampant alcoholism, with derelicts eating shoe polish for its alcohol; the obligatory drug sequence; and plenty of nudity.

The American trailer for this wild and woolly spectacle, slightly cleaned up:

Inevitably, the soundtrack would contain neo-jazzy poppish stuff by composer Piero Umiliani, with titles like “Fotomodelle” and “You Tried to Warn Me.” Then there was this inexplicable number:

At least it’s memorable.

(Via Meh.com, which inexplicably used “Fotomodelle” to sell a Nicole Miller hat/scarf set.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    5 February 2017 · 8:10 pm

    For me, that featured song is inextricably linked in my mind to singing creatures from Jim Henson’s workshop. It’s bizarre to see it in its original setting.

  2. CGHill »

    5 February 2017 · 8:18 pm

    One of those cases where the cover version eclipses the original.

    See also the CAKE version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agj1WpGLxoo

  3. Roger O Green »

    6 February 2017 · 9:03 am

    I’m reading about Steinbrenner and how scandalous a spouse-swapping arrangement involving two players in the early 1970s.

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