A Summer Day  

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The documentary A Summer Day (1970) by Shinkichi Tajiri, shows Bodil Joensen living with her animals on her farm during this era, including their care, her affection for them, and her sexual life, entirely to the tune of Beethoven's Sixth Symphony (Pastoral)—an involuntary artistic choice that became necessary when the original soundtrack recordings became unavailable through a gaffe.

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A Summer Day (1970) is a documentary film by Shinkichi Tajiri. Its subject is Bodil Joensen (1944 - 1985), a young Danish woman who lived with her animals on her farm during this era, including their care, her affection for them, and her sexual life, to the tune of Beethoven's Sixth Symphony (the film itself is silent). At the time, she lived with "two rabbits, seven dogs, a dozen pigs, some cats, a guinea pig, a mare and a beautiful black stallion named Dreamlight" said Shinkichi Tajiri. He commented later that she seemed a very open warm hearted person "very at home with nature" and that "when she plays her erotic game with the dog or horse, it is not only a sexual curiosity, it is an erotic play with animals she loves and who are devoted to her."

The film was the surprising winner of the Grand Prize for the Dutch X rated Wet Dream Film Festival at which it premiered, winning Joensen immediate underground celebrity status and drawing attention from other documentary makers as well as tourists towards her expanding farm. She became for a short time, a social and political icon of free love and unity with nature among the left.



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