321. “…yellow?”

The episode:The Killer Shrews,” ep. 407

The riff: Asked out of nowhere by Joel after a woman tells a man “You seem so disinterested in everything. Aren’t you the least bit curious?”

The explanation: This is actually a rather clever reference to a 1967 Swedish drama film called “I Am Curious (Yellow),” which then had a sequel called “I Am Curious (Blue).” In the United States, the film obtained a degree of infamy after its realistic scenes of sex caused it to be banned as pornographic in Massachusetts. However, after going through appeals all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, it was found not to be obscene.

Novelty factor: Never heard of this film at all. This is the kind of crazy reference they would make on MST3k with a single word.

WARNING: This clip may contain boobs.


3 thoughts on “321. “…yellow?”

  1. I remember seeing a tabloid-type photo (in Life magazine or maybe Time magazine) of Jackie Kennedy emerging from a showing of “Curious/Yellow” at a NYC theater, dressed in slacks and face-hiding floppy hat. I guess the shock factor of the Camelot queen watching a “porn movie” was newsworthy.

  2. Two more things: ‘Blue’ was the sequel to ‘Yellow.’
    Believe or not, but ‘Yellow’ is actually next in my Netflix queue. I’ve been “curious” about this movie ever since it came out.

  3. I know I’m late to this party, but there’s another reference to this film. In The Magic Sword (possibly my favorite episode ever), the princess says something like “No, I’m just as furious as ever” and Joel responds “I am furious, yellow”. I’d always sort of wondered what that meant, but I’d never bothered to look it up.

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