Starlet Birte Tove in Jack O'Connell's rare film
Known As: FLY GIRLS and CHRISTA
director: Jack O'Connell
starring: Birte Tove · Baard Owe · Susan Hurley ·
Clinton Greyn · Daniel Gelin · Inger Stender
actress Birte Tove (better known for starring in the Chinese sado film
HOUSE OF DOLLS the same year) headlines this 'free-flying stewardess'
film directed by chameleon Jack O'Connell, his final film after GREENWICH
VILLAGE STORY and REVOLUTION.
it is odd that the movie is called SWEDISH FLY GIRLS when it was actually
shot in Copenhagen and boasts an entirely Danish cast, but - frankly
- it's not much of a stewardess movie either. Rather, here is the story
of Christa, a free-spirited young woman with a small child, living a
life separated from her husband. However, she has no trouble leading
a life of free sex and numerous affairs with everyone from Italian businessmen
to hippie tourists. According to the openng credits, the story was written
by Mr O'Connell but based on the medieval legend Tancred L'Amour.
At one point in the film, a Italian lover complains that "free
loving Danish girls take all the guilt and all the mystery out of sex."
Maybe that has something to do with the medieval fable. Initially, the
film was supposed to be scored by SF guitarist Al Kooper but he was
replaced by the legendary British band Manfred Mann. According to lead
guitarist Mick Rogers, Jack O'Connell was obsessed with matching his
film edits with the beat of the music, seemingly a first in cinema.