Sun Dec 9, 2012, 11:29 PM
jberryhill (40,820 posts)
"Dagmar's Hot Pants Inc." on Netflix
Spanning the gamut of Scandinavian interior decor, this film was apparently funded in part by the Swedish telephone company, one of the premier national telecommunication providers of the 1970's. Within the first twenty minutes of the film, you will feast your eyes upon no fewer than three different models of residential telephone equipment, two commercial sets common to that era, and one of their premier full-featured public payphones.
While the exterior shots provide a lavish introduction to the beautiful town of Copenhagen, don't let the movie magic fool you. Those are clearly Swedish telephones. Prior to legislation passed in 1980, Televerket, much like AT&T here, was the sole legal provider of telephone terminal equipment which could be lawfully connected to the public switched telephone network. However, unlike AT&T, the range of models, colors, and dialing features was, even in the early 1970's, well beyond those offered in the United States.
The language of the film is English, and hence this film is representative of many Swedish films of that era which led to global admiration for the Swedish telephone system and its enticing array of equipment, dialing plans, remarkable call clarity and reasonable pricing.
Any person having an interest in 20th century telephone equipment history will enjoy this film thoroughly.
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