Coinciding with the publication of his latest book, Scandinavian Blue: The Erotic Cinema of Sweden and Denmark in the 1960s and 1970s, author and film collector Jack Stevenson presents two nights of sextastic cinema guaranteed to blow your mind. Upon its release, the 1966 flick Venom sent Danish authorities into a frenzy with its tale of an amoral hedonist and his homemade porn movies; turns out, the film's purported condemnation of immorality led to the end of Denmark's film-censorship laws. Back here at home, drugs take the blame for a century of sex offenses in Movies With Roots in Hell: The Effects of Drugs on American Cinema, Stevenson's titillating survey of celluloid propaganda, from silent-film psychedelia to 1970s paranoia. Sun., May 16, 8 p.m., $12 (Venom); Mon., May 17, 8 p.m., $12 (Movies With Roots in Hell).
Sun., May 16, 8 p.m.; Mon., May 17, 8 p.m., 2010
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