The Day of the Locust
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 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 which finally erupts in the shocking climax. Oscar® nominations went to Burgess Meredith and cinematographer Conrad Hall.
Starring Donald Sutherland, William Atherton, Karen Black
Director John Schlesinger