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Without a Stitch

Director: Annelise Meineche Run Time: 89 min. Format: 35mm Rating: NR Release Year: 1968 Language: Danish with English Subtitles

Starring: Anne Grete Nissen, Ib Mossin, Joan Gamst

A doctor assists a young woman with her sexual exploration in WITHOUT A STITCH.

Based on the banned book by Norwegian author Jens Bjørneboe, Danish film Without a Stitch (Uden en trævl) adopts the carefree attitude towards sex but does it in a fictional, not documentary, style. This erotic fantasy features Lillian, a young high school student, who seeks medical advice after her first sexual attempt with her boyfriend goes awry. The film stakes a very firm stance in its representation of freedoms coming from the sexual revolution as Dr. Peterson opens Lillian up to the various pleasures of sex so as to  avoid the ever-dreaded frigidity. Directed by Annelise Meineche, Without a Stitch is actually a softcore film but its implications of “anything goes” caused it to open at the Loews Flagship theater in Broadway in 1970 after U.S. obscenity charges stalled its U.S. release. Once out in the world it continued the wave of sex films being widely played for mainstream audiences.  

Part of the Nitehawk Naughties SCANDINAVIAN EROTIC CINEMA program.