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Perfumed Nightmare (1977)

Mababangong Bangungot (original title)
A Filipino jeepney driver (Kidlat Tahimik) who idolizes America's space program comes to reject the rapid encroachment of technology.

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Kidlat Tahimik

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Kidlat Tahimik
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mang Fely Mang Fely ... Kaya
Dolores Santamaria Dolores Santamaria ... Nanay
Georgette Baudry Georgette Baudry ... Lola
Katrin Muller Katrin Muller ... Mutter (as Katarina)
Hartmut Lerch Hartmut Lerch ... Big Boss
Kidlat Tahimik ... Kidlat
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A Filipino jeepney driver (Kidlat Tahimik) who idolizes America's space program comes to reject the rapid encroachment of technology.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Philippines

Language:

English

Release Date:

1979 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

Perfumed Nightmare See more »

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Zoetrope Studios See more »
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Mono

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Color
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Quotes

Big Boss: Kidlat, why do you admire America so much?
Kidlat: Because in America, I could become an astronaut. Here, I am only a jeepney driver.
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A Beautiful Nightmare
12 July 2005 | by kblumentSee all my reviews

Kidlat Tahimik's direction in "The Perfumed Nightmare" expresses an expert craftsmanship, particularly within the realm of filmic symbolism. As was the case with his 1981 film "Turumba", Tahimik's involved, yet un-intimidating, style of story-telling shines in a tale of the painful conflict of cultures.

The notion behind the plot of "The Perfumed Nightmare" is nothing unprecedented. The mise-en-scene however, as manipulated by Tahimik, is a vibrant expressive mode in telling this story. The way in which it and he break the concepts of capitalism, modernism, imperialism, cultural identification, civil society and the western world down into elemental forms and strategically place them visually throughout the film is masterful and the true story is expressed artfully.

"The Perfumed Nightmare" is great place for any movie-watcher to start a foray into Third Cinema or just enjoy a beautiful, powerful film.


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