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ANITA (1975) ** ½

Christina Lindberg stars as the title character, Anita. She is a troubled girl who goes around town sleeping with any man she can find. She tells her troubles to a psychology student named Erik (The Avengers’ Stellan Skarsgard) who tries to break her of her bad habits. He concludes the reason behind her nymphomania is her inability to orgasm, so she runs out and tries to find different ways to achieve that goal. Once Anita takes a job as a nude dancer, it cures her of her compulsive nature and she is able to find love with Erik.

On the surface, Anita looks like your typical Swedish sex import from the ‘70s. But there is much more going on underneath the surface. The filmmakers do a good job of conveying that Lindberg’s chronic bed-hopping is due to her compulsive psychological condition and they go through great lengths to show that Lindberg is receiving no sexual gratification from these conquests.

If you have a Psych 101 degree, you may find this fascinating. But if you’re like me and you want to just see Christina Lindberg in action, you’ll be disappointed. I have no doubt that some viewers will be entertained by the psychological aspects of the story. However, since Christina Lindberg isn’t having fun during the sex scenes, you might have a difficult time having fun with them too.

AKA: Anita: Swedish Nymphet. AKA: Anita: Diary of a Nymphomaniac. AKA: Anita: The Shocking Account of a Young Nymphomaniac.

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