A modern advanced film about sexual education an behaviour based on the clinical research made by famous American and Swedish doctors. The film centres around a panel; Inge and Sten Hegeler, Maj-Brith Bergstroem-Walan and Sture Cullhed, all well known, reputable experts, who have devoted their scientific studies to the various fields of sexual life. The film deals with all kinds of problems connected with the sexual relationship of people. Whilst every question is discussed by the panel., the film illustrates; the difference between male and female sexual organs and their functions, positions, and authentic coition whereby a split screen system is used enabling us to see the various reactions in different parts of the body. In connection with this as well as in other parts of the film, diagrams and animations are used to simplify the understanding of the complicated reactions which occur when a person is under sexual stimulus…Its release triggered protests and subsequent banning.
Sweden’s ‘Language of Love’
A. H. WEILER.
Published: July 1, 1971
Having been cleared officially, “Language of Love,” the Swedish-made color documentation of sex that was seized as obscene by Customs in October, 1969, turns out, unfortunately, to be somewhat of an anticlimax. Timing obviously is the villain here, for despite its quartet of sincere and frank experts and a variety of comely, unbilled volunteers, who expertly demonstrate the experts’ observations, “Language of Love” adds nothing specially new to our movie scene, which, at this late date, already has been filled with practically every aspect of sex, educational, blue and in between.
If this import is not particularly a pace-setter, it does leave the impression of trying to inform without leering. And, Dr. Sture Cullhed, a Swedish gynecologist; Dr. Maj-Brigt Bergstrom-Walan, a Swedish psychologist-educator, and Inge and Sten Hegeler, Danish psychologists-authors, who admittedly were inspired by Kinsey and Masters and Johnson, are sedately adult and direct in their approach to sexual anxieties and misconceptions, petting, masturbation, contraceptives, the organs and proper and improper practices.
While the method of enlisting is not divulged, their obviously willing volunteers cooperate (via hidden cameras) with equal frankness and seeming sincerity. The uninitiate might be shocked by the varied, explicit nude sequences but an undisturbed adult viewer respecting the panel’s intentions is still left wondering if the producers aren’t interested in money more than they are in education.
“The Language of Love,” which arrived at the Carnegie Hall Cinema, the Agee Cine and the Kips Bay yesterday, is the English-language version that is reported to be shorter than the original, Swedish-language edition. Educationally, it’s the same the world over.
LANGUAGE OF LOVE, directed by Torgny Wickman; director of photography, Max Wilen; music by Mats Olsson; produced by Swedish Film Productions AB; released by Paragon Films. At the Agee Cine I, 48th Street and Seventh Avenue, Carnegie Hall Cinema, 883 Seventh Avenue, and the Kips Bay Theater, Second Avenue at 31st Street. Running time: 80 minutes. (Not submitted at this time to the Motion Picture Association of America’s Production Code and Rating Administration for rating as to audience suitability. No one under 18 admitted.)
In the panel discussion: Dr. Cullhed, Dr. Bergstrom-Walan and Inge and Sten Hegeler.