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Duffer (1972)

An intense and bizarre study of obsession that is by turns lyrical and disconcerting, Duffer tells the deranged story of a teenage boy torn between the womanly charms of a kindly prostitute... See full summary »
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Kit Gleave Kit Gleave ... Duffer
Erna May Erna May ... Your Gracie
William Dumaresq William Dumaresq ... Louis-Jack (as James Roberts)
Lisa Doran Lisa Doran ... Tobacconist Lady
Marcelle MacHardie Marcelle MacHardie ... Landlady
Bogomir Rampre Bogomir Rampre ... Malevolent Man
Anthony Lambert Anthony Lambert ... Drunk Man
Traute Kraus Traute Kraus ... Drunk Woman
Jean-Pierre Roche Jean-Pierre Roche ... Man with Mustache
Marie-Jeanne Savigny Marie-Jeanne Savigny ... Girl on Bridge
Simon Peters Simon Peters ... Boy in Launderette
Miriam Kutas Miriam Kutas ... Woman in Launderette
Ann Kincaid Ann Kincaid ... Girl in Street
Johnny Lockwood Johnny Lockwood ... Hippie Guitarist
Maria Gomez Maria Gomez ... Lady with Pram
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An intense and bizarre study of obsession that is by turns lyrical and disconcerting, Duffer tells the deranged story of a teenage boy torn between the womanly charms of a kindly prostitute, and the relentless, sadistic attentions of an older man. Written by NMulholland8

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the Richmond riverside of my youth is brought back as one bright spot in a very difficult film
11 September 2020 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

There is no denying that this is both well made and intense but like David Lynch's Eraserhead that doesn't make it any easier to watch. Episodes of intense homoerotic masochism with 'victim' voiceover do not make for cheery viewing especially when as well done as this. Duffer's time spent with an older sadistic male is interspersed with time spent with a jolly prostitute who provides him with more traditional pleasures and trips to the riverside by Hammersmith Bridge. One bright spot is that our extremely damaged young man also takes trips to the riverside at Richmond and for those that know the area this was very early 1970 and well before tourists found the area. The grey deserted riverscape and towpath looks stunning and the side streets amazingly raw and ultimately ready for redevelopment. Almost unrecognisable to the casual viewer, the Richmond riverside of my youth is brought back as one bright spot in a very difficult film, the thematic origins of which I really would not like to know.


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9 January 1972 (UK) See more »

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