Directed by Mauritz Stiller
Anders De Wahl
Labeled an "insolent romp" in a recent article by The Village Voice and praised for its "risqué wit and cheerful amorality" in John Wakeman's World Film Directors, Erotikon is quite possibly the cinematic granddaddy of all sophisticated comedies and one of the finest achievements of Swedish director Mauritz Stiller.
Erotikon surely pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable on the screen in 1920: Irene, the bored wife of a distracted entomologist, pursues a womanizing aviator, but she may actually be in love with Preben, her husband's best friend. Meanwhile, her husband seems to be getting unusually close with his own niece. Stiller obviously delights in teasing his audience with each scandalous plot twist and every salacious leer, and the result is a deliciously subversive comedy that was very much ahead of its time.
Erotikon has been cited by Ernst Lubitsch as an important inspiration for his own style, and it surely had an influence on Chaplin's A Woman of Paris, Renoir's Rules of the Game and innumerable comedies of the 1930s and beyond. The film stars some of the biggest names of the Swedish silent cinema, including Tora Teje (Karin, Daughter of Ingmar), Karin Molander (Thomas Graal's First Child) and, most notably, Lars Hanson (The Saga of Gösta Berling), who would later relocate to Hollywood and star opposite Lillian Gish in the silent classics The Scarlet Letter and The Wind.
Kino's DVD edition of Erotikon presents the film in a completely remastered version, and it is accompanied by a new score.
"The sublime EROTIKON is one of the screen's first sophisticated sex comedies...modern, uncluttered and marvelously witty." - Dave Kehr, The New York Times
Interested in bringing Erotikon to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.
Erotikon may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.
RT @RumbleFilm: @RumbleFilm 2nd nite in NYC @FilmForumNYC Q&As with director Catherine Bainbridge, @RhiannonGiddens & @erichjarvis https://…
RT @KLRepertory: The films of Mario Bava, including KILL, BABY...KILL!, come to Egyptian @SidGrauman in LA! Series page: https://t.co/xDJH0…
On sale from @KLStudioClassic: 4x Oscar winner (incl. Best Picture) MARTY w/ Ernest Borgnine – Blu $9.98, DVD $7.98 https://t.co/Vu6RCc8PT0
RT @nytimesarts: "Le Gai Savoir" is Godard's Rousseau by way of Lewis Carroll, and beautiful to look at https://t.co/xWEGe9OPnQ
Happy #NationalInternDay! Here are some of ours: Adam, Addison, Anna, Saleh, Victoria. Not pictured but also stars:… https://t.co/Q6TV2ebjNz
🎧 @StevieSalas talks @RumbleFilm and shares some of his fave songs by Native American musicians on @Studio360show: https://t.co/CdUBu2pwZt
Available in @KLStudioClassic sale: Robert Altman's THE LONG GOODBYE starring Elliott Gould – Blu-ray $11.98 https://t.co/Vu6RCcqqKy
🎸 @RumbleFilm opens tomorrow in Toronto at @HotDocsCinema, Q&As w/ musician Pura Fé + director Catherine Bainbridge… https://t.co/oV253J3DpS
RT @MVZaGoGo: Q&A with @StevieSalas @StevieVanZandt , director Catherine Bainbridge who did a fab job on this film. https://t.co/8xraScnCmg
Inquiries & Press
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871
Press & Media
For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing email@example.com or calling 212-629-6880.