A Movie to Fight the Danish Laws on Porn

Gabriel Axel was a famous Danish Film director, actor, writer and producer (Real name Axel Gabriel Erik Mørk). He is best known for the Academy Award winning movie Babette’s Feast. However, his movie from 1968 Det Kære Legetøj (The Dear Toy, it is also known as Danish Blue and Sex and Law) is quite interesting for us. It’s some sort of documentary advocating the legalizing of porn.

In this movie we’ll find both Peter and Jens Theander. Peter plays the role as Max the Producer, Jens plays a photographer and shop-owner. Their adult bookstore Rådhus-Antikvariatet is also briefly seen in this movie. (Actually, we get to see the interior of the shop in several scenes.)
Jens Theander and Peter Theander
Even if Peter and Jens are playing scripted characters, we can most likely pull information out of this.

First of all, the scenes that portrays the shooting of porn-scenes is shot in the cellar of Rodosvej. This is the same cellar as the first magazines were shot in. (A fellow Rodox-researcher and friend ‘Dry Creek’ have painstakingly compared scenes from this movie and early magazines and have concluded that it is the same cellar). One or both of the brothers is supposed to have lived in Rodosvej at the time. If it is so, they did shoot in their own house.

 Second, the girl playing the female model in the explicit scene the brothers are shooting does appear in Color Climax 04 (published autumn 1968, prior to the ban-lift).

 model1

Reading the program for the movie, we can also make a note of the fact that none of these people are credited. The movie-program has a cast-list, naming the actors. At the bottom it says: “samt anonyme forretningsfolk og modeller fra pornobranchen” (including anonymous business-men and models from the porn business).

Considering this movie is labeled a documentary and that Theanders (and models) are uncredited as mentioned above, it is likely the movie somewhat portraits the truth about the brothers, their shop and their production.

references:
Det Kaere Legetøj – 1968 (director Gabriel Axel)
Color Climax 04 –    1968 (a Theander Production)
Wikipedia article on director Gabriel Axel
Wikipedia article on movie Det Kære Legetøj 
F
ilm program for Det Kaere Legetøj.
Huge thanks to ‘Dry Creek’
PS: The movie Det Kaere Legetøj is really good and interesting, track it down if you’re interested in this stuff!

Comments

A Movie to Fight the Danish Laws on Porn — 2 Comments

  1. This type of documentary films should be done today, they would be very clear for many people. I did not know this movie, only other films by Gabriel Axel, but it’s a wonderful idea.

    • It’s a very interesting piece of work, indeed.

      It has to be viewed from the angle of its era though. I’m not sure this movie would have any impact on todays society.
      One thing I’ve learned with my project is how big this topic and the laws actually were in Denmark at the time!

      MortenF

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