Cinema: Sex with a Smile

People Meet and Sweet Music Fills the Heart is an unlikely title for an even more unlikely movie. Part parody, part pornography, part romantic melodrama with a musical number or two thrown in for good measure, People is a surrealistic practical joke on the audience. Characters contradict themselves, and individual scenes ricochet crazily off one another, effectively destroying most logic and all dramatic continuity. Out of this carefully crafted chaos comes a film that is by turns boring, arch and gratifyingly funny.

The narrative is more pattern than plot. In a train compartment, a student named Hans (Erik Wedersoe) eyes a blonde...

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