A Rare Screening of Duet For Cannibals


As promised in my much earlier post regarding Agnes Varda and Susan Sontag at 1969 NYFF, this Wednesday we screen Sontag’s first feature DUET FOR CANNIBALS, one of the rarest screenings of our series. Tracking a print of this title down was much more difficult than I anticipated. Fortunately a copy resides in the fabulous Swedish Film Archive, who was generous enough to loan us a copy of the print.

In 1969, the film enjoyed limited theatrical engagements in New York, London a select few other cities. I’m not even certain if the film ever made its way to Seattle. We screen the film just twice.Then it will make its way back to Stockholm where it will sit in an archive until someone else decides its important enough to go through the trouble, both financial and logistical, of screening the film in the United States.

Interestingly enough, I discovered that Sontag came to Seattle for treatment of the cancer that ultimately took her life. A photo of Sontag, taking by long time friend Annie Leibovitz, leaving Seattle after treatment can be found here.



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