Swedish Wildcats (1972) from Tuna

Producer/Director Joe Sarno wanted to make erotica for US distribution in the seventies, but realized that while he could get away with releasing it in most places in the US, he could easily be arrested while actually making the films. He tried filming in Sweden, and fell in love with the Swedish casts and crews. Sarno's Swedish Wildcats is part of a major effort by the Retro arm of Seduction Cinema to bring his works to DVD. With each Sarno film Seduction is presenting a nice package with an interview about the film with Joe and his wife, and also a featurette produced by Seduction Cinema based on the same story.

Swedish Wildcats is the tale of two sisters who work for their aunt in a high class brothel. One of the two enjoys a rich fantasy life during the day, and begins a romance with a young man who claims to be a test pilot. She tells him she is a ballerina. Meanwhile, her sister meets someone, a rich architect from a good family. Both want to escape from their aunt, played by Diana Dors.

So, this is a romance, right? Not exactly. Part of it plays like a romance, and it seems very much like Sarno's usual work. However, many of the brothel scenes involve violence and S/M, which is not like Sarno at all.

The interview explained.

Sarno had a concept of the girl who doesn't like her real life, and lives by day in a fantasy world that ends sort of like a Cinderella story. When he shared it with producer Vernon P. Becker, Becker wanted to make the film, but with a few minor changes to make it more commercial. It was Becker who added the violence and S/M, and the Sarnos to this day are not comfortable about that, although Joe admitted that it probably did make it more marketable. To me, it also made it schizophrenic.

On the positive side, the first brothel sequence has all of the women in body paint as exotic animals, resulting in some great imagery. Overall, this is a solid genre effort from a master, and the animal makeup is worth the price all by itself.



  • interview with Joe Sarno and his wife
  • short Seduction Cinema remake
  • the transfer is very nice given the age of the film


  • Breast and buns from Cia Löwgren as the daydreaming sister
  • full frontal and rear from Solveig Andersson as the other sister.
  • There are several images of unknowns who show various body parts.

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The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics, or a C- from our system. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. (C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but will be considered excellent by genre fans, while C- indicates that it we found it to be a poor movie although genre addicts find it watchable). D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well. Any film rated C- or better is recommended for fans of that type of film. Any film rated B- or better is recommended for just about anyone. We don't score films below C- that often, because we like movies and we think that most of them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below C-.

Based on this description, this is a C+. The genre is early erotica, and Sarno was a master of it.

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