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Day Of The Locust, The (1975)
Rating:
Starring: William Atherton, Karen Black, Burgess Meredith, Donald Sutherland, Richard A. Dysart, John Hillerman, Bo Hopkins, Geraldine Page, Pepe Serna
Director: John Schlesinger
Category: Drama
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Subtitles:
English
Length:
144 mins

 
 

 

Nathanael West's novel about Hollywood decadence in the late '30s is a brilliant piece of filmmaking. A deeply insightful work that is powerful in its presentation, staggering in its vision. Director John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy, Marathon Man) is masterful in creating a world of platinum blondes, cockfights, glamour and broken dreams, and throughout, he plays on the edge of sexual and physical danger that finally erupts in the shocking climax. Oscar nominations went to Burgess Meredith and cinematographer Conrad Hall.