Written by: Cliff Wood on June 5th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: Denmark, July 23rd, 1973
Director: Finn Karlsson
Writer: Finn Karlsson
Cast: Ole Søltoft, Sigrid Horne-Rasmussen, Bent Warburg, Mette Von Kohl, Bjørn Puggaard-Müller, Lone Helmer, Benny Hansen, Anne Bie Warburg, Mette Egholm, Soretta Eversheim, Lone Gersel, Anja Gothard, Frauke Granholm, Leni Kjellander, Doris Klemens, Jan Klevbrand, Eva Lindberg, Liselot, Ditte Maria, Vivi Rau, Bent Rohweder, Susan Skog, Frank Stein, Faith Thrue, Michael Wuthenau
DVD Released: May 19th, 2009
Approximate Running Time: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Danish
DVD Release: Smirk
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $21.95
In the Sign of the Virgin was written and directed by Finn Karlsson (Stine and the Boys).One of the more endearing aspects of this film is it’s score that at time’s echoes’ the style of Ennio Morricone. The credits for the film are not clear who the composer of the score? The credits for this film do list Leif Jensen and Ole Ørsted under the “Sound Department”.
The plot for In the Sign of the Virgin revolves around a boarding school for girls that are not as virtues as they appear. A distinguished professor is sent in to observed these young ladies and make sure when the planet Venus has aligned that all hell doesn’t break loose. He has also been given a powder that curbs ones libido. To complicate things further another professor who has invented a powered that increases ones libido arrives in town around the same time. The two professors encounter each other shortly after their arrivals and they accidentally mix up their luggage. In the mix up the two professors’ unknowingly switch the powders they have been transporting and chaos proceeds.
Visually this film features man standout moments like a barber who likes to shave his partners during intercourse and a lesbian orgy where the new girl at the boarding school is covered in food. All of the sex scenes are exceptionally done and they all fit seamlessly with the rest of the plot. The only scene that falls short is a hallucination sequence that does not hold up well.
All around the entire cast are all very good in their respective roles. Besides Anne Bie Warburg (Justine and Juliette) the majority of the actresses portraying the girls from the boarding school appear to have only appeared in this film. There are a few recognizable faces in the cast like Sigrid Horne-Rasmussen (In the Sign of the Taurus, In the Sign of the Lion), Benny Hansen (In the Sign of the Gemini, Agent 69 Jensen in the Sign of Sagittarius), Bent Warburg (Justine and Juliette, In the Sign of the Gemini, In the Sign of the Lion, Agent 69 in the Sign of Scorpio) and Ole Søltoft who is often featured in many of director Werner Hedman’s films.
In the Sign of the Virgin is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that frames the image in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Colors, flesh tones and black levels fare well throughout. This transfer has not been flagged for progressive playback.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Danish. This audio mix fares well as everything is clear and balanced. Removable English subtitles that are easy to follow and error free have been included.
Extras for this release are limited to an image gallery that plays like a featurette with music from the film playing in the background. Overall Smirk gives In the Sign of the Virgin a strong audio / video presentation.