A zany Danish spy comedy with plenty of sex and nudity tossed into the mix, 1978’s In the Sign of the Sagittarius represents a superb example of 1970s European erotica. Ole Soltoft plays Secret Agent Jensen, aka Agent 69, an affable if bumbling chap who’s charged with tripping between Russia, China, Tangiers and Albania, and tracking down sets of militarized rocket plans.
The farcical nature of the story (think a particularly randy episode of Get Smart) might seem hard to sustain amidst the half dozen breaks for bump-and-grind, but director Werner Hedman is abetted by a game cast who obviously have, individually and collectively, smart senses of comedic timing, and so the movie, part of a whole astrologically-themed series of discrete narratives, bops along amusingly enough, and not without a charged sense of libidinal engagement. Most notable is Soltoft, whose rubber-faced, loose-limbed work is like a forerunner to Rowan Atkinson’s Mr. Bean — pure, goofy slapstick naivete.
Housed in a regular plastic Amaray case, In the Sign of the Sagittarius comes to DVD presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, with a Danish language 2.0 stereo audio track and optional English subtitles. Segmented into a dozen chapters and featuring an animated menu screen, the disc’s only supplemental extra comes by way of a two-and-a-half-minute slide slow/photo gallery, which rifles through the movie in more or less chronological order and includes plenty of NSFW screen caps, like the one above. To purchase the DVD via Amazon, click here. B- (Movie) D (Disc)