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King, Queen, Knave

Probably the most unjustly underrated of all Skolimowski's films, a surreal black comedy - based on Nabokov's novel retailing a triangle situation, with puckish overtones of obsession and perversion, between a wealthy businessman, his luscious wife, and an orphaned boy - that pushes some of the satirical extravagances of Frank Tashlin and Jerry Lewis to their most logical and deathly conclusions. Hilarious, misanthropic and disturbing, the movie amply fulfils Tom Milne's description of it as 'the most Nabokovian film the cinema has thrown up to date'. Despite reservations about its hybrid nature as an English version of a West German production, it certainly warrants a look.

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Duration: 92 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski
Screenwriter: David Shaw, David Seltzer
Cast: Gina Lollobrigida
David Niven
John Moulder-Brown
Mario Adorf
Carl Fox-Duering
Barbara Valentin
Sonia Hofmann
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