September 28: The Day of the Locust

The Day of the Locust

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The Day of the Locust

John Schlesinger’s lavish, daring film adaptation of the Nathanael West legendary novel depicts the glamorous allure of 1930s Los Angeles and the grotesque decay of the hypocritical Hollywood dream. At the crumbling San Bernardino Arms apartments live the hopeful and the hopeless hangers-on: an artist and recent transplant (William Atherton), the aspiring actress (Karen Black) that caught his eye, her alcoholic ex-vaudevillian father (Burgess Meredith), a malicious, wannabe child star (Jackie Earle Haley), and others blinded by the draw of fame and fortune. But when the blonde bombshell turns her attention outside the complex to an emotionally stilted accountant (Donald Sutherland), it leads to an explosive, unforgettable conclusion that threatens to destroy the city. Packed with period detail and an incredible supporting cast, The Day of the Locust remains a timelessly acidic look at the poison of Tinseltown.

Director
John Schlesinger
Writer
Waldo Salt, based on the novel by Nathanael West
Composer
John Barry
Starring
Donald Sutherland, Karen Black, William Atherton, Burgess Meredith, Richard Dysart, John Hillerman, Geraldine Page
Year
1975
Rated
R
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
144 minutes

Upcoming Showtimes

Tue, September 28
7:30 pm
The Day of the Locust

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