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I don’t feel this film is necessary. This film exists because I always wanted to make films.Susan Sontag, to Jonas Mekas

In 1968—after her trip to Hanoi and a year before the publication of her second essay collection, Styles of Radical Will—Sontag went to Sweden to make her first film. DUET FOR CANNIBALS, which premiered at the 1969 New York Film Festival, has been restored by Metrograph Pictures and is playing at its Manhattan cinema.

The film is in Swedish—with subtitles by its director—and stars Adriana Asti, Lars Ekborg, Gösta Ekman, and Agneta Ekmanner.


Through November 28.


7 Ludlow Street, New York City.

From top: Susan Sontag on the set of her film Duett för kannibaler (Duet for Cannibals, 1969), courtesy and © Grove Press / Photofest; Gost Ekman (left) and Agneta Ekmanner; cover of the Noonday publication of the screenplay, courtesy and © the publisher; Swedish film poster; Adriana Asti and Ekman (2). Images courtesy and © the artists, their estates, Evergreen Film, and Metrograph Pictures.


Through the end of the month, Metrograph has invited a number of writers and artists—as well as director Jack Hazan—to present screenings of the 4K restoration of A BIGGER SPLASH, Hazan’s time capsule of David Hockney and Peter Schlesinger’s London and New York life in the early 1970s.

Hazan will participate in a post-screening Q & A on Saturday, June 22, after the 7 pm show, and Ryan McNamara will introduce the 7:15 pm screening on Sunday, June 23.

Jeremy O. Harris will introduce the 9:30 pm screening on Friday, June 28, and on Saturday, June 29, at 5:30, there will be a Q & A and book signing with Catherine Cusset, author of Life of David Hockney: A Novel.

On Sunday, June 30, filmmaker Matt Wolf will introduce the 6:15 pm show.


Through June 30.


7 Ludlow Street, New York City.

See Peter Schlesinger, Checkered Past: A Visual Diary of the ’60s and ’70s (New York: Vendome Press, 2003).

A Bigger Splash, directed by Jack Hazan, from top: David Hockney in London painting Peter Schlesinger in the Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures); photographs used in composition of the painting; scenes from A Bigger Splash (6), including Schlesinger leaning on sliding glass door. Images courtesy Metrograph Pictures.