Blu-ray, DVD Release: Duet for Cannibals

Digital, Blu-ray & DVD Release Dates: May 26, 2020
Price: DVD $13.99, Blu-ray $24.49
Studio: Kino Lorber

Essayist, novelist, critic, cinephile, and all-around intellectual dynamo Sontag made her directorial debut with the 1969 avant-garde comedy-drama Duet for Cannibals.

A definition-defying, dryly funny psychological serio-comedy, Duet is 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.

Virtually impossible to logically—let alone literally—interpret, Duet for Cannibals is both an illustrative companion to Sontag’s criticism, and introduction of a startlingly original filmmaker.

Bonus features include the following:

-Audio commentary by artist and writer Wayne Koestenbaum
-Booklet essay by film critic Adam Nayman
-Interview with Agnès Varda and Susan Sontag (1969)

Buy or Rent Duet for Cannibals

About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.