Night Games


1h 30m 1966

Brief Synopsis

A young man, bored with his bourgeois surroundings, drives around aimlessly looking for new experiences -- which he finally finds when he and a friend pick up two high-class prostitutes who teach them a few new tricks.

Film Details

Also Known As
Längtan, Nattlek
Release Date
Jan 1966
Premiere Information
San Francisco opening: 2 Nov 1966
Production Company
Sandrews
Distribution Company
Mondial Films
Country
Sweden
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Night Games by Mai Zetterling (New York and London, 1966).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Synopsis

When emotional and sexual inhibitions threaten to destroy his pending marriage, 35-year-old Jan returns to the manor home of his youth to reflect on the causes of his dilemma. As he recalls his childhood, his most vivid memories are of his beautiful and extravagant mother, Irene. At the age of 12, Jan was present while Irene gave birth to a stillborn child at an orgiastic party attended by all of her bizarre and perverted friends. Always eager to attract his mother's attention, Jan would crawl under her skirts while she made love, or if she were alone, he would put on her jewelry and makeup and parade before her. His feelings soon became more incestuous, and he was delighted when she dried his naked body or allowed him to sleep in her bed. Following her death in an automobile accident, he remained for a while with his eccentric Aunt Astrid, who read to him from the Bible and taught him to believe in the Resurrection. But his aunt also died, and Jan grew into manhood alone. His fiancée, Mariana, who bears a striking resemblance to Irene, stays with Jan at the mansion and tries desperately to help him by offering her love and understanding. Realizing that he can never be truly free while the mansion and its memories of his grotesque childhood remain, Jan invites all of his mother's parasitic friends to a final party and tells them that he intends to blow up the mansion. As they race from the premises, they carry off any treasures they can lift. When they are gone, Jan and Mariana watch as the mansion is destroyed by fire.

Film Details

Also Known As
Längtan, Nattlek
Release Date
Jan 1966
Premiere Information
San Francisco opening: 2 Nov 1966
Production Company
Sandrews
Distribution Company
Mondial Films
Country
Sweden
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Night Games by Mai Zetterling (New York and London, 1966).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

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Trivia

Notes

Filmed at Penningby Castle, Sweden. Released in Sweden in September 1966 as Nattlek; running time: 105 min. Working title: Längtan.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States December 1998 (Shown at the Museum of Modern Art (Cinema Novo and Beyond) in New York City December 6 & 19, 1998.)

Released in United States 1965

Released in United States 1965

Released in United States December 1998

Shown at the Museum of Modern Art (Cinema Novo and Beyond) in New York City December 6 & 19, 1998.