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THE LIFE AND MOVIES OF EROTIC CINEMAS MOST EXPLOITED FIGURE Jack Stevenson ... to make everybody feel a bit more at ease, we started with a few outdoor shots of Bodil riding her stallion on the beach and along a gorgeous country lane flanked by beautiful, blooming yellow mustard fields. We had her dress in her own spanking white riding breeches, jodhpurs, knee-length riding boots and duck-billed riding cap. In cutting, we used this footage for the opening of the Bodil sequence to make the contrast with the later animal sequences all the more striking, while at the same time saying: Took, here is a girl who not only makes porno films with animals and lives in a filthy, smelly house, but who can also dress up nicely, is a good rider, and is just as nice and sensitive as any other girl.' -Phillis and Eberhard Kronhausen, The Sex People (published 1975) Bodil Joensen was born in a small Danish village in 1944. In March of 1969, when Denmark passed revolutionary anti-censorship laws unconditionally freeing all pictorial representation from legal restraint, she was born again porno celebrity. The 1969 legislation had two related effects which made her eternal fame possible. First, it gave legal sanction and economic impetus to the newly forming Danish hardcore porno industry, officially anointed soon after with Sex-69, a sex trade fair in Copenhagen that proved so popular that over 1,000 people had to be turned away daily. By the early seventies, pornography would rank second after agriculture as Denmark's leading export commodity. Now, suddenly at the moment when all Western societies seemed to be questioning the sexual status-quo, here was a country with 'no holds barred' - unlike America where explicit erotic cinema was constrained by a confusing patchwork of local obscenity statutes and a pervasive
1970 and 1971. Throughout 1969.topics she had never heard about and that fascinated her. However. characterised by Bodil as an imbecile. a suburban village south of Copenhagen. Her mother. documentarians and adventurous independent film-makers emboldened by this new freedom descended on Denmark looking for an erotic utopia. was doted over by their mother. pronounced BO-dill. and now. and exposable flesh. he would alternately boast and confess. People were curious. animals and sex" . free of the repressions and hang-ups that inhibited the Germans and Americans who would quickly become the biggest buyers of Danish product. These were the only sexual images available to her in a household ruled by a despotic mother who. Denmark was blessed with an abundance of good-looking women. was violently puritanical and sadistic. Bodil had a sister. Denmark was suddenly hot property. the rest of the world began to idealise it as some sort of paradise of sexual liberation. Bodil became intrigued as she watched two dogs coupling. a mother to whom any talk of sex was violently taboo. searched him and . Her father was a shipmaster from the Faroe Islands and was often away from home. with the Freedom Law. They just talked. two years younger than her who would be married by age seventeen due to an unplanned pregnancy. With them came professional pornographers looking for subject matter. and be held up to Bodil by their mother as an example of what womanhood should be about.sense of Anglo-Saxon guilt. like its fellow Scandinavian countries. She also had early and vividly recurring memories of a male horse "covering" a female horse. They larded their 'studies' of Danish sexual freedom with noble talk about liberation. Danes were seen as open and natural. CHILDHOOD Bodil was born in 1944 in Hundige. And one of the most enigmatic. someone reported their meeting to Bodil's mother who called the police. They came and collared the pervert. Her younger brother. The pervert never touched her. would beat her if she tried to read a book or hold an idle conversation with a boy outside the house. Bodil was to be their most exotic find. a swarm of sex-researchers. The name. Whether or not all this new freedom was due more to typical Danish indifference than to liberated attitudes. pretty much one after another. she claimed. He needed half a bottle of schnapps and two beers to wake up in the morning. Secondly. product. She would have seven kids. enlightenment and tolerance . Bodil began to focus her love and physical desire on one of the dogs attached to the household. A turning point in her young life came soon after this when she had an enlightening conversation with a pervert/pederast who told her all about "men. One day around the time of the divorce. who gave her a tingle one morning by licking her crotch.while Bodil herself went about it all with the naive enthusiasm of a small-town girl about to become the most exploited 'actress' in the history of cinema. He lived the loose life of a free-spending hard drinker who often stayed over in Copenhagen with other women when not at sea. Her parents divorced when she was twelve and she moved from place to place with her mother. (The Danish equivalent to the Oscar film award is called "The Bodil". by all accounts. attending eight different schools before dropping out after the 71h grade. is a common girl's name in Denmark.
locking her away in the attic for several days and bringing food up to her. was consummating her relations with the devil. and started her own operation with a boar named Rascal she bought for 400 crowns. When not at work at the breeding centre she was fond of going for long walks in the forest. Eventually articles started appearing in newspapers and magazines about this pretty farmgirl who merrily went about helping boars into sows and considered the work completely normal. It was Bodil's own idea to enter into the heretofore strictly underground world of animal pornography. FAME Bodil enjoyed work (and play) on her farm. taking her virginity. Photo sessions became more infrequent. Bodil liked her work at the breeding centre. a country full of pig farms. It was while an one of these idyllic." Bodil got a job on a farm. She now. Neighbouring farmers thought they could fuck Bodil while her boar fucked their sows. She saved her money and at seventeen rented a farm and a truck. Bodil told her off in no uncertain terms. Bodil never saw him again. and later at a breeding centre for boars . travelling to all the Derbies. She liked to be surrounded by her animals. due to the publisher's need to present an ever revolving cast of new faces and bodies to their public. It was like "washing dishes" she would recall. She now found herself in a studio obliged to make love to a white man. Marriage proposals as well as vulgar sexual propositions started to arrive in the mail. Her start in pornography was strictly homosapien if not strictly heterosexual. She was fifteen. Two years later she fell in love with a married man with whom she had 'normal' straight sex. She earned well for a time and had no inhibitions about the work. but they were quickly put straight.not so hard in Denmark. and that it was all part-and-parcel of living with them and being around them. sun-dappled strolls that she met a married logger. her mother judged her to be a vile slut who was not fit to dine with the family. She never viewed her sexual relations with the animals as cruelty or exploitation. Nonetheless her reputation blackened. which fulfilled the need for companionship and physical intimacy she had never found with people. I said to mama that when 1 grew up I'd fuck boars. Her other dream was to become an accomplished horsewoman.let alone cigarettes . Bodil wanted to become a veterinarian but her lack of formal education prevented it. Bodil reacted with shock followed by hysterical defiance. She was so shocked that she thought 1 was allied with the devil. got her drunk on it and had his way with her. But one day came along when she couldn't find the money to pay the rent an her farm and truck . a girl. He had a bottle of schnapps. Her mother beat her savagely when she got home from the police station.found a bottle of chloroform which earned him a short prison sentence. Assuming that she'd been assaulted. Bodil said no to all of it. and she found herself particularly reviled by the farmer's wives. as her mother might have envisioned it. All of this helped to put a hex on the finances of her fledgling breeding centre and mire her in constant debt. she phoned Bodil to scold her. a negro. however.and she went to Copenhaqen to answer an advertisement seeking porno models. but people started to get ideas about her. When her mother saw some of the articles. but this affair was short-lived. but figured she was sweetening their lives. and a dwarf with a huge cock. 1 couldn't think of anything more naughty. and she did so in early 1970 in a welter of hastily produced magazines and 8mm .
Bodil preached sexual bromides of the type that one might read in any newspaper advice column: that it wasn't the size of a man's penis that was important but the time and attention paid. they were devoid of publisher or production credits for fear of legal reprisals. Lassie. Bodil. and that one must always be considerate to one's partner. and a shifting array of other partners. buxom woman with a broad-faced beauty that lent itself at times to a certain wildness and at other times to a childish insecurity. as captured in some of the films and photo-plays of the period. 'Je t’aime') and saw the stage lights go on. perpetually rumoured to be feeble-minded. At this point in time. They had normal heterosexual relations with each other. With regard to Knud. Bodil claimed that initially her neighbours accepted her activities out of a combination of typical Danish easy-goingness and a sympathetic understanding of her financial needs. sometimes naked and sometimes in a soon-to-be-discarded bra and panties. Knud.films. was a solidly built. She also performed live sex in at least three different sex clubs with her collie dog." Rumours of Bodil's relationship to her animals (which were certainly by now more than rumours) permeated the countryside like a kind of folklore. Yet within a very short space of time Bodil would become the most ostracised and controversial of alt European porno stars. Despite the Freedom Law. He shared porno modelling assignments with Bodil and also worked as a guard at a nearby prison. She became the focal point of fear and hatred in the neighbouring countryside that took on an almost medieval resonance. Kinky couples were showing up at her farm: the woman wanted to try out the stallion while the guy wanted to try out Bodil. Ever the ham. fucked over twenty-five women but no-one knows if he ever fucked another dog. at age twenty-six. One early magazine article noted how the friendly local butcher would give her bones to take back to her dog. and the hostility of locals forced her to relocate periodically from one humble . he would storm the stage in eager anticipation and wait for Bodil to come out. Bodil also had a boyfriend. As soon as the ever ready and horny collie heard their theme music strike up (the naughty French pop song. aware of his purpose in the neighbourhood. Over the years "Denmark's best lover". in prison or dead from suicide. Knud helped Bodil transport animals and engaged in bestiality himself. as if she were guilty of witchcraft. but 1 always stop before he comes. Bodil always broke off fellatio before Knud climaxed.much to the hilarious laughter of all present. "looked us over thoroughly as they waited on our table.1970. as Bodil dubbed him. Why Do They Do lt? The elderly Danish women who ran the restaurant. in 1970. politely welcoming TV and film crews from as tar away as America and Japan. would recall stopping at a nearby country restaurant over the course of his visits to Bodil's farmhouse in Odsherred to shoot his film. With his own small farmhouse and stables nearby. Eberhard Kronhausen. I don't know why. and from Bodil's accounts their love life was almost shockingly staid. She was now at the peak of her 'career'. Sex researcher. Lassie once stole a plate full of cakes intended for the audience . as if wanting to make sure we didn't have hidden horns and cloven hooves. The only one who could throw a wet towel on him was an agent of the Animal Protection Union who put an abrupt halt to Lassie's participation in the live sex shows." DEAD? By mid. and her notoriety-quotient was about to soar.
where she lived with two rabbits. They drove out to Bodil's rented farm in Odsherred. a twenty-minute documentary shot in a single day in June. She chewed her cud as he fucked her. a dozen pigs. It was made by Ole Ege. "He was standing on a wooden box behind her. to the farmers in the neighbourhood. a Danish sex magazine photographer and 8mm porno producer. The first half of A Summer Day is . it is not only a sexual curiosity .000 Danish crowns (about $350 in current conversion rates). Color Climax. and Shinkichi Tajiri. a mare and a beautiful black stallion named Dreamlight. who would exploit her most ruthlessly. THE MOVIES Bodil was featured in numerous films produced in the busy 1970-1972 period . like many others who dealt with Bodil. who has a sperm supply central. Her truck has a sign reading. rendering any attempted 'definitive' filmography of Bodil's output futile if not irrelevant. which he co-founded in 1992. footage was widely bought. The farmers give a hand at the mating and Bodil enjoys the activities. like the Danish company." Bodil would recall in a 1980 interview. Tajiri met Ege in 1970 and suggested they shoot a film about Bodil. The sound equipment malfunctioned so the planned live sound dialogue was replaced with classical music: Beethoven's 'Pastorale'. "Once we shot a movie with a man and a cow.although today he seems unable or unwilling to offer much illumination as he sits behind his desk at the Copenhagen Erotic Museum.recruited by strictly commercial pornographers. what a brutal orgasm! As was generally the practice in hardcore film-making during that period. But all was not deadly serious in this basically absurd line of work. Ege recalls the filming that day: Tajiri and 1 drive around with Bodil. 'Dreamlight Covers Odsherred'. She looked back with surprise as it to say. Ege related in 1993 that he was repulsed by sodomy ("bestiality" in English application). A SUMMER DAY IN 1970 The most sincere and in-depth treatment of Bodil is rendered in the film. THE MOVIES I BODIL. Bodil A Summer Day in 1970. Suddenly the box collapsed and he ended up lying in the filth underneath her. Tajiri had already made a short 16mm film entitled The Viper. A Summer Day would itself go on to win the Grand Prix at the first Wet Dream Film Festival in Amsterdam in 1970 and acquire the lustre of an outré porno classic. but that Tajiri managed to sway him. Ege. 1970. The boar or the stallion is in the back. which had won a prize at the Cannes Film Festival.rented farm to another. Northwest Sealand .a two-hour drive out of Copenhagen .it is an erotic play with animals she loves and who are devoted to her. seven dogs. They paid Bodil 2. a guinea pig. When she plays her erotic game with the dog or horse. a Japanese-American sculptor who dwelled in a Dutch castle and taught at the Art Academy in Berlin. some cats. found her genuinely likeable . She performed with her animals and also in tandem with other practising bestiality performers . Ege filmed and Tajiri was sound man. swapped and stolen and mixed into any number of other productions. burning one cigarette after another.everything from full-crew 35mm productions to amateur shorts shot with hand-held 16mm and Super-8 cameras.
vulnerability and humanity . Ege scored the film with a (no doubt unauthorised) jazz soundtrack by Dexter Gordon and brought a loose. We see pictures of Bodil as a child and a schoolgirl. Thirty years later it appears that Ole Ege's 'career' has boiled down to that one little film. standing apart from the other people. success and financial dividend A Summer Day had reaped. drew high ratings and constituted something of a comeback for the Danish porn pioneer. while her skimpy work dress rides halfway up her bare ass. There are several b&w photos of a young Bodil with her favourite collie dog. Her past is explored as the camera's eye floats over family portraits and photos. film-maker Torben Skjodt Jensen made a seventy-eight-minute documentary about Ole Ege himself. with her parents and group shots with classmates.. That Bodil needed no direction or encouragement was fortunate for the film-makers and crews.revealing her innocence. She performed a well-rehearsed repertoire of sexual acts with a largely unchanging cast of animal companions. He recalls that Bodil wasn't hard to find in those days. Whatever distaste for bestiality Ole Ege personally harboured was more than mitigated by the praise. people ask him. unlike the plenitude of pseudo-scientific sexual documentaries of the period that now seem so dated. It is a film of seemingly irreconcilable contradictions: a sympathetic treatment of what most people consider abhorrent and perverted. pornographic. The hand-held cinèma-vérité photography is set against the pompous abstraction of the music. and there was little variation from film to film. In 1996. entitled Pornography. It's a profile of a porno performer that includes explicit sex acts but is not a porno film per se. To appreciate A Summer Day ages well. aims his camera with all the shaky artlessness of a doting American husband on a car trip vacation. while at the same time affording us the luxury of viewing the shocking proceedings from an emotional distance that might be shattered by live sync-sound. It impels the viewer to draw impressions based on the images alone. and the only girl he ever photographed that anyone would remember. entitled Naughty Boy. and imparts the raw authenticity of a home movie in sequences such as the one where Bodil drives her truck down country roads. ?" . Like pilgrims approaching one of the disciples. a non-exploitative take on a subject loaded with exploitative potential. riding her horse around a green field billowing in the Summer breeze.. This is intercut with shots of her nude. artless. transparent and. sitting next to her in the front seat. the second half of the film depicts Bodil engaged in explicit sexual acts with her dog. well. The music slightly softens the impact of the sordid sexual acts and serves as a bridge between different segments of the film. These are of course the kind of images . Ege. But Bodil was the real star of the film. The classical soundtrack gives the film a feel that ranges variously from melodramatic to poetic to just plain bizarre. It was broadcast in 1997 in Britain on terrestrial television (BBC2). many of whom would find Denmark in themselves viscerally effected and rendered speechless or near faint by the proceedings. one of which starred Denmark's now infamous 'Boar Girl'. "Lots" of film-makers used her and she became something of a cottage industry within porno.that would quickly kill the standard porno fantasy which demands a personal detachment. and he made another trip to Bodil's farm soon after to shoot part of his upcoming feature film. "What was she like. In a shocking yet somehow natural turn. underground style approach to bear on each of the four portraitures that comprised the whole. The Girl and the Boar was another short film Ege shot with Bodil. boar and stallion. The 'film-makers' more or less just set up and shot.replete with scenes of Bodil coaxing and wrestling with her charges. Bodil with brother and sister.
Since his visit to Copenhagen for the Sex-69 trade fair. To one reviewer he looked as though "he'd been yanked off the street and pressed into service when the real actor panicked and failed to show. Our host is now interviewing a young lady who is . He then proceeds to interview "our little farm girl". very possibly the most offensive exploitation film ever made. Nielsen's command of English is little better than Bodil's which appears to be non-existent. Animal Lover was actually a ragged conglomeration of several films in the pirate tradition of hardcore porno cinema. He proceeds to serve up one of the most inept performances of fraudulent expertise ever filmed. A Day with Ilse. directed by Freddy Hansen and photographed by Paul Moller. The core footage is a self-contained forty minute film produced in Denmark in 1970 by Willy Borgstrom and Grondahl Films. De Renzy's first major success in fact had been Censorship in Denmark: A New Approach. Sexual Freedom in Denmark. Sex in Copenhagen. This introduction somehow wraps up. Aimlessly citing facts. It's a small country and a small industry and there was not the stigma attached to such involvement that one would expect to encounter in America. Lassie. proud tradition dating back to the Greeks and is something that most women think about from time to time. de Renzy had contacts in Denmark and an interest in Danish product. dark suit and a red polka-dot tie to recklessly ad lib. figures. At that time half the porno films playing in American seemed to be set in Denmark or have Denmark in the title: Sex Seeing in Copenhagen.THE MOVIES II ANIMAL LOVER To appreciate the unique accomplishments of A Summer Day.) This Danish production opens with an introduction by a host who identifies himself as Svend Nielsen. he emerges from behind his desk in thick glasses. etc. who had helped to pioneer the American hardcore scene in late 1969. repeats himself. (It should be noted that many respectable Danish film people worked in the porno industry at that time. They then proceed to the barn and later to the house. He unravels. Pomo: Made in Denmark. citing the 1969 Freedom Law and then promising viewers they are about to see things they have never dreamt of in their wildest imaginations. Alex de Renzy." Appearing to be about fifty-five. He rambles on the verge of incoherence. which contained vox pop interviews and examples of the Danish product. We find ourselves in a different room. It looks like he's been on the skids for ten years running. Nielsen concludes the interview with a hokey and awkward plea for personal freedom and tolerance. Animal Lover. and it seems to be a different film entirely. he digresses. loses track. but the settings are always swathed in shadows and are completely unidentifiable. Animal Lover was the purposely controversial creation of San Franciscan. as the two sit on chairs outdoors with Bodil flanked by her beloved collie. it should be seen side-by-side with its dark twin. dog and horse. He turns a failed performance into a masterpiece of the bizarre. Pornography in Denmark. It could be a kind of studio or it could be somebody's living room. and Bodil performs with boar. The 'lecture' is delivered by a sleazy looking "expert" who attempts to convince us that sex with animals has a long. occasionally mixing up the two languages. Wide Open Copenhagen. He refers to the episodes of "the film you're about to see". he could better pass for a seller of junk automobiles or a coathanger abortionist. First spotted on the West Coast porno mini-theatre circuit in 197 1. Nielsen questions Bodil in Danish and gives somewhat different answers back to the camera in English translation. Apparently de Renzy needed to stretch the film out to feature-length and so tacked a twenty-minute lecture/interview session onto the beginning. stares into the camera glassy eyed while mispronouncing words at an amazing rate. and these people were not necessarily 'pornographers'. Dagmar's Hot Pants. and examples from history.
making her way to the city where she had to resort to prostitution in order to purchase a ticket back to America. ". It's such an amateurishly rigged piece of overkill that one suspects it might even be the handiwork of some religious organisation. For the merely curious it becomes a relentless. sent reporter T Randohl down to check it out and see if it was for real. Strolling alone at night. Every second seems like an hour as interminable close-ups of Bodil fellating the collie play on the screen in bright. in which the interviewer (de Renzy himself?) asks passers-by . "Did the dog climax in your mouth?" he indelicately continues. The San Francisco Ball. are frequent.. She talks about her recent trip to Marrakech. this segment of Animal Lover must rank as one of the most misguided. Then she describes how she was eventually freed and dumped penniless and nearly naked on a desolate desert road. her face hidden in carefully arranged shadow. Arriving at a newly opened mini-porno theatre in the . made for a porn audience. staring up at the camera and appearing somewhat blinded by the bright arc lamps. and Gitte. She relates how the girl bled to death while the dogs lapped up her blood. ghastly and hideous attempts at titillation ever. Close-ups and clumsy zoom-in shots characterise the camera work which is otherwise static. Today in San Francisco some people still remember Animal Lover's short theatrical run in November of 1971. but it is surely an enacted role nonetheless . almost brutal experience.what they think of pornography. Did you have sex with dogs?" the interviewer prods as she quietly begins to sob at the recollection. Thus far in the film we have seen no sexual acts nor even any naked flesh. probably shot during his trip to Sex-69. Shots of Bodil in compromising positions. socks exposed as his polyester pant legs ride halfway up to his knees. an attractive blonde clerk is verbally prodded into showing the cameras a sampling of hardcore magazines between embarrassed giggles. The local sex tabloid of the period. She witnesses a girl raped by dogs. admits in a weak. She chokes on her anguish. California. He sits side-saddle on a sofa. It is simply pure pornography distilled to its essence. trembling voice that she made love to dogs orally.no matter how effectively the charade produces feelings of genuine revulsion in the viewer. in the same mould es Reefer Madness (which was produced by a church group). a suburb south of San Francisco.introduced as a secretary from San Mateo. she is snatched off the street by sadistic Arab man. But apart from an actual snuff film. This woman certainly plays the role of victim far better than our host plays the role of scholarly expert. Denmark's rotund largest producer of pornography' is interviewed in his book shop.. The show was reportedly shut down by an outraged public two weeks after its opening.. A few moments of appalled silence follow..half of whom turn out to be American tourists . and yet most viewers already feel covered in filth. She sits in a chair. shorn of any 'scientific' or artistic merit and rendered all the more obscene for its pretensions to such. lurid colour. Animal Lover then inexplicably cuts into the start of the Danish film with full opening credits even though no mention whatsoever has been made of Bodil Joensen thus far. In the second half of the film we're treated to Bodil's stock assortment of sex acts. enslaved in a sex compound for months and is brutally raped by "whoever wanted me". This in America's most liberal city in an era of almost radical permissiveness. De Renzy further lengthened this core film with four on-the-street interviews filmed in Copenhagen. The misfortunes of 'fallen women' have proven to be big at the box-office ever since the White Slave Trade scandals provoked and fascinated moviegoers back at the turn of the twentiethcentury.
They would also became known for their exceptional collection of erotic art on display in San Francisco through the mid-seventies (at the San Francisco Museum of Erotic Art. who were living in Denmark in the early seventies. Bodil recounted attempting the act a second time with the same big 220 lb boar." she sighs. the second presents simultaneous copulation by two married couples in front of bleacher stands full of students. Bodil's scenes were again filmed at the familiar rented farm in Odsherred. such as Sexual Liberty Now which used only the startling and rumoured-to-be-dangerous scene of her awkwardly coupling with a boar. the stallion. Bodil found it . and in 1975 they would publish a book. threw itself over me and began biting me all over. that the film had been "successful in finding at least a limited audience". the only thing 1 could do was let it finish." THE MOVIES III WHY The best known film to feature Bodil was Why (Hvorfor Gor de Det was its full original Danish title.the customary headband and Cleopatra-style eye makeup -heightened the bizarre impression and gave her a kind of 'little-girl-playing-movie-star' quality. It became quite wild. as the Kronhausens describe it in The Sex People. That such a film could ever play theatrically seems unimaginable today. Animal Lover played elsewhere on the expanding. product-hungry circuit of West Coast porn theatres. In the locket that she wore on a chain around her neck was a photo of Lassie. It was produced in 1971 by American Sex researchers. her bull. Bodil also starred in the Danish-produced feature. But Animal Lover had resonance beyond mere numbers like playdates and box-office grosses and would soon become the stuff of underground legend. It was impossible for me to throw it off. This time I laid on my back and this I shouldn't have done. She insisted on greeting every member of the film crew with an awkward handshake. In his review Randohl predicted that politicians would soon be "raising an outcry" over this one. Bodil then proceeded to (attempt to) perform with Sofus. Randohl made his way into the pitch blackness after arguing the ticket-seller down from eight bucks to four. Kenneth Turan and Stephen Zito reported in Sinema. translating into Why Do They Do lt?). The first segment deals with an interracial lesbian couple. and Dreamlight. Randohl would describe the cathartic effect the film had on the small audience whose reactions by mid-point in the show he could no longer manage to ignore. while other films appropriated footage of her for shock effect. their 1974 book on sex movies. Prior to this the Kronhausens had produced an anthology of twenties and thirties hardcore stag films entitled Porno Pop. "You can't do it with a stallion. Phyllis and Eberhard Kronhausen. "The boar was aware of what was happening. The Sex People. whom she could only fondle to ejaculation due to the impossibility of human-to horse copulation. Sip the Wine). her appearance . In fact sex with a boar could be dangerous. Lassie. and to the Kronhausens. the two loner guys closer to the front ("advanced cases") were jerking off. In her interview with Tajiri. The hippie couple had fled. he'd split you apart. Why Do They Do lt? explores "the psychology and sociology of the Danish live sex show business as it flourished in 1970 and 1971". which can be seen pictured in the 1974 hardcore film. the two guys in back who would soon bolt were now doubled over with laughter and one man in the far corner was crying like a baby and would vomit by the grand finale but never leave. and the third segment focuses on Bodil. Sex En Gros (Sex Wholesale).Tenderloin that had just been built out of the ruins of a fire-gutted bar.
She clearly welcomed attention and offers from commercial pornographers . Somewhere along the line with Bodil. Her biggest shame was to be seen in a magazine spread with dirty feet! On the other hand she seemed oblivious to the flies crawling on her when she was messing around naked in the stalls. She wasn't an actresses in any sense. . but some people probably wish she was acting. which is not what most people want when they go to a pornographic movie.not the other way around. The workmanlike and enthusiastic willingness she displays in her films comes across as raw naiveté or a pathetic simple-mindedness to some. and defines her films as something other than the mere displays of pornographic perversion they inevitably were.'super freak'. They wanted to see the girl get raped by the animals . Pornographers are always looking to find or create the true .necessary to feed Sofus and Lassie an aphrodisiac of Yohimbene. hypnotic fantasy that is integral to pornography as an interactive discipline. a woman who will not only do absolutely anything but who actually loves to do it. Bodil became a star. the animals didn't seem all that turned-on by her. At least in the case of the dog." the viewer is forced to wonder. Here arose another problem for some viewers who were put off by her aggressiveness. which gives her an instant individuality disruptive to the anonymous. nor does she mug steamy fake orgasms at the camera in the time honoured and brain damaged tradition. she seemed incapable of feeling any shame at all. the wires were crossed. this produced successful results.to borrow a term from Rick James . diligent and unaffected approach to performing the most taboo of sexual acts that shocks people as much as the acts themselves. Yet in the next breath she attempts (unsuccessfully) to feign a hard. As soon as she acquired three dimensions she assumed a disturbing humanity. Most who met her describe her as a sweet if strange young lady. She seemed to be simply and innocently proud of it all. Raised in an atmosphere of total shame. there is some attempt to understand her as a person. and yet she was anything but a jaded. MYSTERYY The Bodil presented to us in the films and interviews of 1970 and 1971 . while to others it-betokens a certain innocence unbound. She became an accessible and willing hardcore model who would do absolutely anything. or at least allows us to decode the actions and motivations of our fellow man. as many visitors would remark. widely used as such in its root form in Africa. as long as they could confine her into the two dimensions of the printed page. She seemed to lack that minimal protective layer of vanity that makes us people. drug-addicted prostitutes. Of course. But in the dark sub-cult of porno called bestiality. experienced tone and boasts that she's been in the porno business a full year now. It is Bodil's direct.not just for the income she was ever in need of and not just as an act of ongoing rebellion against her mother. "Who is this woman!?. She finished off by copulating with her boyfriend Knud. As with A Summer Day. She was not only a porn model but a news item. That would spare them from any deeper soul-searching. With Bodil.her 'fifteen minutes' is a beguiling tangle of contradictions. And she even seemed to be enjoying it. decadent porno star in the usual mould. they had found their kinkiest super freak. Here was a simple hard-working farm girl who tells Svend Nielsen that her only desire in life is to buy her own farm and live quietly with all her animals around her. She kneaded soft bread into a ball into which she placed two pills and fed it to the animals. where most of the identity-less performers come across as mildly retarded farm hands or gullible. Bodil defies the basic porno stereotypes: she isn't playing the virginal Little Bo Peep act.
They would pay just to talk and then leave without touching her. A chain smoker and heavy drinker. harkening back to the Middle Ages when people and their animals often did live in the same house. and eventually they became the property of the man she was living with at this time. Many people were under the assumption she had committed suicide years ago. Obviously they didn't know what to do.The sum result was part freak show.to late-seventies she got herself a massage parlour and a 'klinik' (a one woman flat traditionally in a seedy low-rent part of town) and became a prostitute in Copenhagen while maintaining residence in a derelict cottage in Grevinge Hills. but she no longer had the financial asset of a buxom young body. without running water and missing half its roof. Here in this cottage. . By 1980. hairy. And my dog gave me a thankful lick. She was thirty-six now but seemed much. staying alive in the hooking business is hell. in the Red Light District. "Look at me!" she would exclaim to reporter Svend-Ove Kjeldgaard between gulps from a bottle of schnapps. She was used up. grunting boar who seems less than interested by the goings on. Her teeth were rotten and her hair was thinning and frequently unwashed. like an aberration from a long forgotten past. She had always received plenty of personal offers. She herself had a baby daughter sometime around late 1972 or 1973. This was an affront to her feminine vanity. what perversion was so shocking that it could not be confided to Bodil? One man wanted to play dog. Sometime in the mid. “I thought we were going to be arrested for indecent behavior" recalled Bodil. Her massage parlour attracted people with special perversions. He stripped naked and Bodil put a collar on him and walked him down Vesterbrogade." The dizzying flush of sexual liberation that had left the Western world breathless in 1970 seemed. part porn performance and part surrealistic grotesquerie that Dadaists like Dali or Bunuel would have appreciated. And she was largely forgotten. played out and embittered that she had received almost nothing from the millions which were made. In my situation it's very hard to turn down even the most disgusting propositions. 1 was relieved. In one scene from Animal Lover. which indicated there was some money to be made in prostitution. on his hands and knees. After all." Regular customers from 'the good old days' would come by to see her. The bizarre nature of this whole business was impossible to overlook. much older. "There aren't many man that get wild looking at me. Bodil was once again broke. from her images. considering how her looks had degenerated. A police car pulled up and followed them for a while. Newspapers began to report that she was mistreating her animals. ten years later. Bodil lies naked on her living room floor embracing a huge. she was sixty pounds overweight with grossly swollen legs. ten miles north of the city. TEN YEARS LATER International interest in Bodil dried up by the mid-seventies. and are still being made. He pissed on the pavement. She was simply mentally and physically unwell. The scene is classic Rabelaisian more than anything else. she lived with her (unidentified) man and daughter. I looked cautiously at the officers. but she could understand why. She was no longer to have anything to do with them. Suddenly they started laughing and drove off. For me. 'I definitely felt like running away.
PS: Contrary to rumors of suicide that reach me regularly every month or so. She still remains 'the Global Queen of Bestiality' almost thirty years on. Various sources supplied me with a plethora of suicide dates that stretch from the early seventies into the nineties. Accepting the 'Grand Prix' at the first Wet Dream Film Festival was the worst mistake we made with out film. so to speak. It was this human being that Shinkichi Tajiri was trying to find when he made the film that ironically established Bodil as a porno superwoman. and must be indicative of a disturbed society that cannot come to terms with her. New York City and just about everywhere else. I wanted to leisurely investigate and give human depth to a person who was being abused as a two-dimensional sex phenomenon. Today it is referred to as an 'underground porno classic' and 'porno' was precisely the label 1 was trying to overcome in making a tender documentary about a very special person. We didn't think we could ever show it publicly and this seemed the ideal opportunity.xtremebeast. but the rumours of her suicide seem to have assumed an immortality all their own. This writer could find no obituary or any hard evidence of Bodil's death. maybe she's still to be found loitering along Istedgade behind the train station. To this day her glossy colour images are still being reprinted and sold in porno shops in Copenhagen. as if the calendar still reads 197 1. was a human being. The end seemed near. Bodil has become. She's even experiencing a kind of digital rebirth on the Internet. despite the fact that bestiality remains illegal in many parts of the world. Manchester: Headpress 2000) Source: http://alldogs. porno's 'superstar'. but lack of time. impervious even to her own real death.com/bodil/bio.Bodil was shrouded in a very dark karma. Bodil lives! -Shinkichi Tajiri. But while she herself is gone. Unlikely. Amsterdam. but we were too flattered by the response at the time to realize it.): fleshpot – Cinema’s Sexual Myth Makers & Taboo Breakers.html . and somewhere beyond the myth that enshrined her as some sort of pagan deity. in spite of out efforts. funds and the announcement of the upcoming Wet Dream Film Festival pressed us to complete the film. his comments serve. Yet somewhere beneath the eternally marketable world-class porno 'product' that launched a thousand magazine spreads. In the film. Hell. January 1972 (From: Jack Stephenson (Ed. [From the start] the porno leeches gathered around her and were ruthlessly exploiting her as a sex curiosity. but she remains more than a historical/political /revolutionary personality: she is a fragile and precious human being. Although he spoke about this on record little more than a year after he made A Summer Day with Ole Ege. the money to be made from her is limitless. as the last word.
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