Language of Love

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Ur kärlekens språk
Karlekens sprak 69 i.jpg
Directed by Torgny Wickman
Produced by Inge Ivarson
Screenplay by Inge Hegeler
Sten Hegeler
Torgny Wickman
Music by Mats Olsson
Cinematography Max Wilén
Edited by Carl-Olov Skeppstedt
Release date(s)
  • 2 October 1969 (1969-10-02) (Sweden)
Running time 102 minutes
Country Sweden
Language Swedish
Budget SEK 700,000 (Around 100,000 dollars)
Box office SEK 7,083,000 (Sweden) (sub-total)

Language of Love (Swedish: Ur kärlekens språk) is a 1969 Swedish sex educational film directed by Torgny Wickman. It was an international success.

It gained publicity when 30,000 people gathered on Trafalgar Square in London to protest against a nearby movie theatre showing it, one of the protesters being pop singer Cliff Richard.[1] Lord Longford and Raymond Blackburn decided to pursue a matter of pornography classification for the film Language of Love[2] into the Court of Appeal and lost the writ of mandamus against the Police Commissioner, who had refused to intrude upon the British Board of Film Classification remit.[3][4][5] United States customs were known to have confiscated copies of the film.[citation needed] Following such events, it was marketed as a sexploitation film of the "white coater" variety in some places[which?] — a pornographic film masquerading as a documentary or scientific film.

The film had two sequels, Mera ur kärlekens språk in 1970[6] and Kärlekens XYZ in 1971.[7] In 1973 the three films were edited together into a new film, Det bästa ur Kärlekens språk-filmerna ("The Best from the Language of Love Films").[8]

Mera ur kärlekens språk (More from the Language of Love) had equally successful box office though it dealt more with alternate sexuality and lifestyles and with the disabled.

One of the films in the series was featured in a scene of Taxi Driver, where Robert De Niro takes Cybil Shepherd to a cinema showing the film on their first date.[1]

Remakes of the first two films appeared in 2004 (Kärlekens språk a.k.a. Kärlekens språk 2000) and in 2009 (Mera ur kärlekens språk), both directed by Anders Lennberg.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ekeroth, Daniel (2011). Swedish Sensationsfilms: A Clandestine History of Sex, Thrillers, and Kicker Cinema. Bazillion Points. ISBN 978-0-9796163-6-5. 
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "K" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ "Raymond Blackburn". The Herald. 5 November 1991. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  4. ^ (1975) 21 McGill L.J. 269: "Private Prosecutions in Canada: The Law and a Proposal for Change" (Burns)
  5. ^ Reported as [1973] 1 Q.B. 241 (C.A.)
  6. ^ "Mera ur Kärlekens språk (1970)". Swedish Film Database (in Swedish). Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Kärlekens XYZ (1971)". Swedish Film Database (in Swedish). Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Det bästa ur Kärlekens språk-filmerna (1973)". Swedish Film Database (in Swedish). Retrieved 29 February 2012. 

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