Babes and Hoodlums
Dir.: Arne Ragneborn | Sweden 1956 | 76 min
Bergman's beautiful muse, Ingrid Thulin, can be seen as the young Lilly, who ends up in the bad company of the leather jacket-clad yobs, Svampen and Gunnar. Gunnar has spotted an opportunity to earn easy cash, and convinces the others to take part in a heist at a local business. When the heist goes wrong, the youths have to flee head over heels, and they are soon befriending liquor and drugs in Sweden's mean streets. When 'Babes and Hoodlums' came to Denmark in 1956, the Danish censorship board was shaken so hard by indignation, that it gave the film the rare white censorship card; a direct and total ban. The ban sparked countless angry write-ups in the press, and several appeals to the Justice Minister, yet none of it helped. Only one year later, the film was premiered in Denmark under a new title. But to the audience's dismay, the controversial gangster thriller had now been re-edited into an easily palatable comedy, which had little in common with the original film. We give you the opportunity to be outraged, or pleased, about seeing the original version of 'Babes and Hoodlums'.