Constitutional Law: Is Nothing Obscene?


The Swedish film 491 is a sardonic shocker that takes its title from Christ's commandment to forgive sinners "until seventy times seven," or 490 times (Matthew 18:21-22). Apparently suggesting the unforgivable 491st sin, the film depicts a Swedish sociological experiment in which a young bachelor named Krister (connoting Christ) shelters six juvenile delinquents who proceed to wreck his home, sell his furniture, maim themselves, cavort with a prostitute and force her to have inter course with a dog. Assorted scenes evoke other perversions from sodomy to fellatio;...

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