Mababangong Bangungot

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Mababangong Bangungot (Perfumed Nightmare) is a 1977 independent film directed by Kidlat Tahimik, the chosen nom de plume of independent underground filmmaker and National Artist for Film, Eric de Guia.[1] This movie was his first work and it won him an award at the 1977 Berlin Film Festival, and has since been selected for several festivals worldwide.[2][3]

The story centers on a young man from a small town who dreams of becoming part of something greater. The narrative is told from the main character's point of view and has a touch of comedy and drama.[2]


Tahimik portrays a jeepney driver serving as president of the Wernher von Braun Fan Club. He listens non-stop to the Voice of America radio show while dreaming of watching a launch at Cape Kennedy. Suddenly, he finds an opportunity to fulfill those dreams. An American offers him a job in France, then Germany and eventually in America. Sadly, the young driver discovers that there is no promised land. His utopian fantasy become a "perfumed nightmare."

Release and Technical Details

Released in 1977, the film was produced by Zoetrope Studios.[3] It has received favorable reviews from critics for its humor and artistry, as well as its deft look at Philippine culture and its people's ties to America.[4]

Tahimik's original 93-minute work was shot on 16mm film and had a budget of $10,000.[5] It relies heavily on its English soundtrack to deliver its unique wit.

Cast Members

  • Georgette Baudry as Lola[6]
  • Mang Fely as Kaya
  • Harmut Lerch as Big Boss
  • Katrin Muller as Mutter (as Katarina)
  • Dolores Santamaria as Nanay
  • Kidlat Tahimik as Kidlat

Production Crew

  • Director/Writer/Producer: Kidlat Tahimik
  • Cinematogaraphy: Harmut Lerch and Kidlat Tahimik
  • Film Editing: Kidlat Tahimik
  • Production Assistant: Patricia De Guia


  1. Kidlat Tahimik. National Commission for Culture and the Arts. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tobias, Mel. One hundred acclaimed Tagalog movies. Canada: Peanut Butter Publishing, 1998.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mababangong Bangungot. Locarno Film Festival. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  4. Brody, Richard. Movies: Perfumed Nightmare. The New Yorker. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  5. Perfumed Nightmare (Mababangong Bangungot). Dundee Contemporary Arts. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  6. Full Cast & Crew: Perfumed Nightmare (1977). IMDb. Retrieved 21 April 2021.



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