If you don’t know anything about Swedish sensationsfilms, Maid in Sweden would be a pretty good place to start. The movie is packed with the elements that make the genre great: A storyline involving a naive girl fleeing a boring country life for the big city; slick art direction; killer Scandinavian furniture; a killer soundtrack; and many consensual and non-consensual sexual encounters. Not to mention, of course, Christina Lindberg appears in her birthday suit, cooing in mandatory Swedelish.

That said, believe it or not, sensationsfilms are about more than just Swedish nymphs. Check out Swedish Sensationsfilms: A Clandestine History of Sex, Thrillers, and Kicker Cinema for the complete insane story of Swedens’ dirty golden age of cinema.


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