Written by: Cliff Wood on May 27th, 2007
Theatrical Release Dates: Sweden, 1973
Director: Torgny Wickman
Cast: Christina Lindberg, Stellan Skarsgard
DVD released: July 24th, 2007
Approximate running time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66.1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Swedish
DVD Release: Impulse Pictures
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Synopsis:Anita (Christina Lindberg) is a disturbed teen who finds brief satisfaction through her numerous random sexual encounters. All the men she encounters fall prey to her sex drive that is until she meets a psychology student named Erik (Stellan Skarsgard) who decides to help her cure her nymphomania. Will Erika cure Anita’s nymphomania or will he fall prey to her devilish ways?
Anita is film that tries to take a sensational subject like nymphomania and humanize the disease while exploiting it at the same time which only lessens the films overall impact. Once again we find actress Christina Lindberg playing the role of the victim and her choice of wardrobe is the less clothing the better. Of course Christina Lindberg is the best part of the film and it is not her acting that keeps us coming back it is her willingness to get naked. One of the films most memorable scenes involves Anita performing a strip tease in front of her family and the dinner party guests. If this scene doesn’t get your blood pumping then nothing will.
In the midst of mostly mediocre performances is one good one from actor Stellan Skarsgård in one of his first roles as Erik. The pacing of the film drags during all the expositions scenes while things only get semi interesting during the films more sexual moments. There film feels stretched out and overlong despite the films ninety five minute time length. One of the main problems I had while watching Anita is that the film never clearly decides whether it is an exploitation film or a serious look at nymphomania. Ultimately Anita misses most of its marks and the end result is nothing more then a series of T&A shots and sex scenes.
Anita is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original aspect ratio. The transfer looks like it has been sourced from a 35mm print and while the print does show its age with instances of wear and tear the overall quality of the transfer looks good just not perfect. Through out the film there are instances where the image flickers and print damage is in the form of nicks an starches is keep mostly under control with no instances where it become distracting. Colors fluctuate from a colorful more natural tone to looking slightly off. Despite its short comings the overall quality of this transfer exceeded all my expectations considering the age and rarity of this production.
This release comes with one audio option the films original Swedish language which is presented in a Dolby Digital mono. The audio like the visual is not without its flaws as there is noticeable hiss and some minor instances of distortion. Dialog while not overpowering is for the most part clear and easy to follow. Removable English subtitles have been included that are easy to read and free of any typos.
There are no extras unless you consider the films subtitles and the fact that is it uncut as extras. The best part of this release is without a doubt the DVD cover art which showcases a barely clothed Christina Lindberg. The lack of substantial extras is disappointing and I hope that Impulse Pictures starts added more insightful extras to these obscure films they are releasing.
Impulse Pictures rescues one of Christina Lindberg’s early films from obscurity. Overall Anita is a tedious affair that only fans of Christina Lindberg may want to seek out.