King of the Night

O Rei da Noite

98 mins
7.6 / 10 (416)


In the 1940s, São Paulo nightlife is the setting for Tezinho’s love affairs. In love with Aninha, he needs to get away from the girl and ends up getting involved with other women.

MUBI's take

Toying with women’s hearts, a bohemian philanderer gets a taste of his own bitter medicine in Héctor Babenco’s provocative and stylish descent into the underbelly of 1940s São Paulo. Paralleling the city’s urban changes across decades are shifting ideals of romance—and what it means to be a man.