Sunday, September 30, 2012

Swedish Erotica: "Inga" (1968)



Writer/director Joseph Sarno gives us the most shocking, most erotic, hottest, sexiest film of all-time...if you first saw it in 1968.

Greta (Monica Strommerstedt) has problems. She is an ancient thirty-three year old (!) and still trying to party like she was a teen. She has a mopey boyfriend named Karl (Casten Lassen), who is twenty-one and fancies himself a writer. Greta supports him, and he is draining her for all she is worth. Enter Einar (Thomas Ungewitter), who is looking for female companionship ever since his wife went to the sanitarium. He sure likes himself with Greta, and they bed down.

Karl has extra-curricular activities of his own, bedding a hot blonde. Then comes Inga (Marie Liljedahl), Greta's seventeen year old niece. Greta and annoying-as-hell maid Frida (Else-Marie Brandt) conspire to get Einar to fall for Inga, providing Greta with cash so she can still keep Karl. Unfortunately, Karl and Inga grow closer, too. Who will end up claiming Inga's virginity? Karl? Einar? Or Gunnar, the guy who deflowers virgins after mock court proceedings at crazed drunken parties? In my opinion, no one should ever lose anything to anyone named Gunnar, but those Swedes are a wild bunch.

This was groundbreaking stuff back in the year of my birth, but it would barely garner an "R" rating today. For one thing, the film is black and white, which makes it look and play ever older than it is. Sarno obviously decided to make Inga the main character during filming, she does not really become part of the central plot until almost half way through. Sarno's direction is okay, his script has shadowings of "Dangerous Liaisons," and is sometimes quite clever.

I'll say it now: Marie Liljedahl is one hot Swede. Cute little figure, rather vacant look in her eyes, and willing to take her top off for any reason. Aunt Greta looks a lot like "Saturday Night Live"'s Tina Fey, which can be disconcerting. I am not saying Fey isn't attractive (she is), but I kept waiting for Aunt Greta to rise up and read a pithy satirical joke, with Jimmy Fallon giggling behind her. Ungewitter is obviously younger than his character Einar, with unconvincing gray makeup slopped on his temples. Again, Frida is so annoying, you will wish her death, or at least will someone to smack her between the eyes with her spatula.

Seduction Cinema does an impressive DVD rendering. You can watch either the original film in Swedish with English subtitles, or the English dubbed version with bored commentary by Sarno and others. Liljedahl is heard but not seen in an interview, she eventually left films and is now a ballet instructor. Best are the trailers for films from the 1970's, when trash ruled the drive-ins. Who wouldn't want to sit down to "The Naughty Stewardesses" or "2069: A Sex Odyssey" after seeing these previews?

"Inga" was followed by "The Seduction of Inga," a sequel made in color. While this film has more than enough closure at the end, you cannot get enough of a good thing- especially if its Liljedahl trying to top her masturbation or shower scenes here. Uff da! (* * *) out of five stars. Watch this film now!: Inga