Duet for Cannibals

Southwest Portland
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019
Whitsell Auditorium
1219 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205

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Directed by Susan Sontag
Sweden • 1969 • 105 mins • In Swedish with English subtitles

New restoration! Essayist, novelist, critic, cinephile and all-around intellectual dynamo Sontag made her directorial debut with this definition-defying, dryly funny psychological serio-comedy, the result of a Swedish studio’s invitation to her to make a film in Stockholm. The result, revolving around the quadrangular relationship between an arrogant ex-revolutionist German intellectual exile, his elegant wife, their Swedish student secretary and the earnest secretary’s bride-to-be, is a roundelay of partner-swapping that gradually drifts towards uncharted territory, gamesmanship that broaches the surreal and violent. Defying literal-minded interpretation, Duet for Cannibals is both an illustrative companion to Sontag’s criticism, and the introduction of a startlingly original filmmaker. (Metrograph Pictures)

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