Friday, May 26, 2017

Duet for Cannibals (1969)

Grove Press
Directed by Susan Sontag
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4

An ambitious student with political ambitions begins working for a famous writer he idolizes. Little does he realize he has been purposely drawn into the bizarre relationship between the writer and his wife. He is allowed to seduce, or perhaps seduced by, the wife, after overhearing a tape recording that the man is dying of some unspecified illness. After exposing the affair, the husband seduces the student's girlfriend and convinces her to live with him and his wife. This sends the student spiraling into anger and jealousy, and he is almost convinced by the wife to kill her husband, but she is killed first instead... or is she? Dated politics and melodrama weigh it down, but still a rather interesting effort filmed in Sweden by the prolific author and activist Sontag.

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