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Laughter in the Dark

This tale of a man’s undoing by a young temptress is based on a Vladimir Nabokov novel.

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UK-France 1969
Dir Tony Richardson
With Nicol Williamson, Anna Karina, Jean-Claude Drouot, Siân Phillips
104min
35mm
Certificate 15

Vladimir Nabokov’s 1933 source novel is adapted by playwright Edward Bond and transposed to swinging 60s London. A wealthy middle-aged art dealer meets and falls for a cinema usherette. Little by little she exploits his obsession, infiltrates his life and leads him towards destruction, aided by her boyfriend. Williamson is very persuasive as the hapless victim and there’s true pathos in his fate.


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