The Day of the Locust
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Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Release Date: 8-JUN-2004
Media Type: DVD
Top Customer Reviews
Director, John Schlesinger, has captured all of the putrid excesses of West's novel in bright sunny tones and dark demented neon tangents.
The final scene is so utterly nasty-- it remains one of cinema's most fantastic set pieces.
Karen Black, gives one of the sickest over-the-top grotesque performances in all cinema...and Donald Sutherland is not far behind.
Conclusion: If you want to watch Hollywood as an ugly train wreck then-- "Day of the Locust" is your film. (Not to be missed by fans of strange movies).
P.S. Hey, Criterion!! why don't you clean up this crappy inferior DVD mess and make the ultimate statement of this lost masterpiece...John Schlesinger RIP
There is so much grain through out this film that I thought I was loosing my eye site. My VHS copy looks better!
There aren't any extra features on this dvd as well as 90% of Paramount home video's older films.
I am never buying another DVD from Paramount until they shape up with their releases.
A movie like this deserves better treatment ...I feel robbed.
The Day of the Locust is inherently ambitious, and that is commendable regardless of how effective the final piece is. It is fortunate that all the artistic elements combined so seemlessly and movingly. The film, although it may not be readily apparent, is extremely well casted. Karen Black gives a career-best performance as Faye Greener, a creature so messed up inside that it is easy to love her in spite of her flaws, and that was just the mistake Todd (Donald Sutherland) made. In an ideal world, people meet and fall in love. But this is the dark, seamy, loveless side of Hollywood and the ability to love is all but forgotten (one could see parallels in our world today, that our world has in fact fallen prey to these loveless creatures, making the film ever more relavent), except in the heart of Todd who seems to be the hero of this rather tragic film.
There are many, many moments and lines that will make a kind of jarring imprint on your memory. One of the most horrific, nightmarish scenes occurs at the end of the film, when Faye is finally burned from Todd's memory forever, but, as we soon find, that loss is not too much of a bother for Faye...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love everything about this movie, William Atherton is so handsome and a great actor sadly William Atherton never became a huge star. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Annelies
Not a great movie, but an interesting look at 1930s Hollywood. The novel had themes difficult to translate to the screen. The movie was a decent adaption.Published 2 months ago by christopher
I don't know about anyone else but I see a movie to be entertained... and this was probably one of five most depressing films I have ever seen. Truly, truly AWFUL.Published 3 months ago by ccrnurse848
One of the worst, most ludicrously stupid movies I've ever seen. Trilogy of Terror is pure genius by comparison.Published 6 months ago by anja r albertson
Such a wonderful film. The late Karen Black was nominated for an 'Oscar' for her portrayal of an aspiring Hollywood Starlet based on the 1939 Novel. Great cast, directing. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Fredericm
I saw this movie back in the 70's when I was a teenager and I am 56 years old now with a 35 year old son. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rosetta Marie Archie
My mom was in this movie...that's why I bought it. Kind of intense!Published 8 months ago by Michelle M.
A Must Own, for The Avid Film Collector...Brilliant Script, Cast, Subject Matter, Should have Been an Oscar CandidatePublished 9 months ago by Peggy Shelton