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Author Topic: Thriller- A Cruel Picture/They Call Her One Eye (Bo A. Vibenius, 1974)  (Read 9673 times)

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Don't get me wrong i love a bit of porn but the hardcore scenes in it didn't do it for me but i know what you mean about the added sleaziness.
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As for the hardcore parts, I liked them. Not because I found them to be hot or something, just because  I believe they add to the overall sickness of the film. And also because they show the filmmaker goes all the way in making the film as sleazy as possible- I always appreciate that.

I understand what you mean as another reviewer stated the same thing only I am not a fan of (most) porn nor porn in genre cinema. It seemed pointless to me to have those in there. Also, you probably know this, but I read that the H/C shots were not Lindberg. Speaking of this beauty, how is ANITA?
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I am not a big fan of porn either. Perhaps I would have liked the movie just as much if these inserts were missing. I just appreciate it when a filmmaker does everything possible in order to make the film more sleazy  :-\ So the reason I like these parts is not the sex itself- I just like the idea of the director not giving a fuck about anything and just adding them to make the film more "spicy"- or perhaps sicker.

ANITA sounds interesting- I have never seen it.
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Synapse released another version of this without the inserts.
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I believe the H/C version is out of print now...
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DVDPACIFIC.COM have the uncut version for £8.59.
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DVDPACIFIC.COM have the uncut version for £8.59.


Really? Definitely read that this was out of print - probably some ill-informed forum post elsewhere.
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As much as I tried, I can't fully warm up to this movie,which is a real shame, since it's obviously one of a kind.

My biggest issue is that "Thriller" doesn't really bother about getting you emotionally engaged, unlike "Last House" and very much unlike "I spit on your Grave", it just watches the events with a cold, distanced, cynical "voyeuristic" perspective. :o

It's not without its attractions and a true rarity in Scandinavian cinema well overdue to get released in its native quarters, too....but personally I don't find it to be a satisfying viewing experience.
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Jens Thomsen

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Has anybody seen the cut "They Call Her One Eye" version that Synapse released on DVD at the same time as the uncut DVD?

I was just wondering whether the only difference is the hardcore material? The American trailer included on the uncut "Thriller - A Cruel Picture" DVD makes it look like they speeded the slo-mo action up for the American theatrical release, but of course this might only be in the the trailer and not in the print itself.ß
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Comparison between shortened version on the “Vengeance edition” - and the “Limited edition”

Thriller - Ein unbarmherziger Film

Use this: Online URL translation from German to English

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Jens Thomsen

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Cool. Thanks a lot!

Looks like the hardcore scenes and a bit of trimming are the only real differences. No need to buy the butchered version then.

Oh, and thanks for the link to the translation, but I do speak German fluent (though I would rather exchange it for Italian. There are too many un-subbed Italian crime films, I can't understand...)  ;D
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I found the inserts ridiculous and served no purpose for the movie apart from showing us graphically what we already are aware of.

I personally think this is a really good film. I actually watched this on a video with no subtitles or english language long before the SYNAPSE dvd came out. It made me feel like scrubbing my eyeballs to get them clean at the end. Then surely that feeling of disgust and repulsion is the point of a film like this, I got the same feeling with IRREVERSABLE.

As for the HC inserts I thought that they fit in perfectly with the rest of the film because they get more and more graphic and hardcore as we see her mental state break down bit by bit.

But the most disturbing part of this film is not tha HC but is in fact the POV shot of the young girl being raped as we are looking from her point of view into the face of the old pervert, this is a very original idea.

Yes there is a bit too much slo mo and things blow up for no reason but all good films have faults.
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Well said d-t-one, I love THRILLER too but ain't too great sticking it into words.  Welcome as well.   :P
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vigilanteforce

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things blow up for no reason but all good films have faults.

That is not a fault in my opinion, its one of the things that make a movie great  ::)
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I need to see Bo Vibenius' Breaking Point. Any up-to-date news whether Synpase are ever going to give it an official release? I know Vibenius had issues with their release of Thriller... so maybe not. Have put off picking up the bootleg copy in case they are but not sure I can wait much longer!

Below is a recent interview I did with Christina Lindberg - it was part of a bigger article on erotic cinema.

Christina Lindberg Interview:
How did a quiet country girl become a sex film goddess? ‘Simple’, explains Christina Lindberg, sensation of 1970s erotic cinema and star of Anita. ‘Just go sunbathing...’

What were you like as a girl?
I was a little bit shy. I was good in school. I especially loved gymnastics and history; I read everything about ancient Egypt. My mother was divorced and was working hard all the time so I was rather alone, taking care of my two brothers and my sister at home.

Did you get a lot of attention from boys?
I was thin and small up until the age of 15 but after that, yes, I did. A lot. I liked it when people looked at me so I used to wear crazy clothes.

How did you get into making sex films like Exposed and Wide Open?
I was 18 and on the beach in Gothenburg, it was summer, and some people asked to take my photograph. After a while there were a lot of them and they paid me. I didn’t have much money growing up, so I thought it was OK. After I had been in the daily newspaper, our equivalent of The Sun, I did a cover and a foldout for a men’s magazine. The producer of a very famous Swedish director called Jan Handoff saw it and hired me for their new comedy Dog Days (1970). Two days after taking my degree I went to Stockholm to start filming. My first home was a hotel room.

What did your family and friends think about your racy career?
My mother has never said anything about it. And I left my friends behind in Gothenburg and started a new life. When I was little I always had to look after myself so it was no different for me.

But it wasn’t something you were ashamed of?
No. Why should it be? The strange thing about the movies made between ‘68 and ’74 was that you worked with the big respected actors of Sweden. The technical crew were the same crew that worked with Ingmar Bergman. Bo Vibenius, with whom I did Thriller: A Cruel Picture, was his assistant director on Persona. It was a mixed world at that time between sex movies and very serious movies. I had no clothes on in my movies but I thought, “It must be alright if I’m working with these stars.”

Have you always been comfortable with nudity?
Yes. I don’t see anything weird in it. But I don’t like porno. I went down to Germany to make the film Flossie but left after a week. The director Gerard Damiano told me that they were shooting extra porno scenes during the night to cut into the film. He thought I could have a better career and told me: “You are good. I think you should go home. This isn’t for you.” He said he was going to leave as well. So we both did.

Hardcore footage also appeared, without your knowledge, in Thriller: A Cruel Picture… How did that make you feel?
Not very good but I know that everyone knew that it wasn’t me in those scenes.

Have you ever felt exploited?
No. People respected me. I didn’t let people push me around. And I’ve never regretted what I’ve done either. But that could be because I have such a good life today.

If you had a daughter, would you be happy for her to do sex films?
To be honest, when I think about it I would probably prefer that she studied. That’s a better thing to do. But it was different for me. I grew up in such difficult circumstances that it was my way out to a better life. I got to travel and make some money. It was a marvellous time.

What advice would you give to the 15-year-old Christina Lindberg?
To stay true to your ideals. I’m almost the same as I was back then. I don’t think I’ve really changed.

What’s your life like now?
I own a magazine. My husband died three and a half years ago. That’s when I took over his publication Flygrevyn, which is Scandinavia’s largest aviation magazine. So I’m now Editor-in-Chief. I live in the countryside, 25 minutes from Stockholm. I have a big house with horses and cats. My office is a three-minute walk away on the land. During the winter I breed reindeer. I even have elks here. In my heart I’ve always been a country girl.
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