Duet for Cannibals


1h 45m 1969

Brief Synopsis

A tale of emotional cannibalism--the enigmatic wife of a mysterious political figure in exile in Stockholm - one of a pair of psychological and sexual cannibals who come close to devouring a younger couple.

Film Details

Also Known As
Duett för kannibaler
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
New York opening: 14 Oct 1969
Production Company
Sandrews; Teater AB
Distribution Company
Grove Press
Country
Sweden

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

Synopsis

Artur Bauer, a middle-aged professor and ex-revolutionary leader, hires a left-wing student, Tomas, to serve as his secretary and assemble a scattered collection of papers for publication. Tomas moves into the Bauer household to facilitate his work, even though it means leaving his girl friend Ingrid. He soon becomes perplexed by the strange relationship between Bauer and his eccentric wife, Francesca, and is shocked to learn from a tape recording that the professor is suffering from a fatal disease and that he plans to murder his wife. One evening, Francesca seduces Tomas, at her husband's request. Bauer then persuades Ingrid to move into the house to protect her lover, but upon arriving, the young woman falls under the spell of the couple and enjoys the advances of both. When Tomas discovers Francesca watching Bauer make love to Ingrid, he decides that the situation has gone far enough and leaves the house, promising to return only if Ingrid is released. Bauer agrees to give Ingrid her freedom if Tomas will return to work, but Ingrid's first move upon returning to the old apartment is to take a new lover. When Tomas goes back to the Bauer household, he finds Francesca lying on the bed, apparently shot to death by the now-remorseful professor. Bauer then apparently commits suicide with the same weapon, whereupon Francesca comes back to life and joins Tomas in burning the papers. Ingrid arrives to effect a reconciliation with Tomas, and as the two young lovers drive away, they see both Bauers watching them from the window.

Film Details

Also Known As
Duett för kannibaler
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
New York opening: 14 Oct 1969
Production Company
Sandrews; Teater AB
Distribution Company
Grove Press
Country
Sweden

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

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Trivia

Notes

Released in Sweden in September 1969 as Duett för kannibaler.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1969

Released in United States July 1999

Released in United States May 1969

Released in United States September 1969

Shown at Cannes Film Festival May 1969.

Shown at New York Film Festival September 24 & 26, 1969.

Released in United States 1969

Released in United States May 1969 (Shown at Cannes Film Festival May 1969.)

Released in United States July 1999 (Shown in New York City (Film Forum) as part of series "4 Films by Susan Sontag" July 22-31, 1999.)

Released in United States September 1969 (Shown at New York Film Festival September 24 & 26, 1969.)