Every now and then a true gem pops out of the past... that is, if you are a keen cinema-goer (or movie-viewer...as, nowadays, only kids go to the movies). The day of The Locust is what John Schlesinger had up his sleeve after the huge success of 'Midnight Cowboy'. It was his 'pot shot' at Hollywood. It was his Guy Fawkes beneath Parliament. It was his warning that the Twin Towers story COULD just be a sordid masquerade...although, of course, he didn't know it yet. They say that Hawthorne's book is far more engrossing. Sure... books take up ten times more time to unravel. His characters are mean-spirited, calculating, 'cold fish'...and what they get is what they deserve. But I feel Schlesinger and his script-writers made a worthwhile effort to imbue even these squirming serpents and cold-blooded insects with a breath of pathos, and humanity. And rightly so... the story GAINS points. 'Locust' sometimes feels more like Bergman, Fassbinder or (even) Fellini than like an American film. It reminds us of Grosz. Of German decadence between world wars. We are, often sub-consciously, led down grim corridors of analogy.... Nazi hysteria... Hollywood Boulevard madness. We are voyeurs... we watch a giant Dream Machine which spawns future mutants... frustrated maniacs. And literally DEVOURS its pathetic 'extras' and hopefuls. That is why the overtones of the film seem ,somehow, biblical. David Lynch's source-material is suddenly openly revealed. THIS MOVIE! We have Twin Peaks themes and characters... Mulholand Drive, even more so... Blue Velvet...and so on... But hey! Let's be fair.... anyone who has ever REALLY known Hollywood can only nod and say..."Yes...It's all true.... And if I'm still here, in the industry,.... I'm either a hypocrite, a victim, or a pervert of sorts." ALL the characters are crazed atoms of the American Dream Factory. And Schlesinger opts for a finale worthy of another British, but surprisingly hot-bloodedly so, director... Ken Russell. Madness on the rampage. But is he only a fine line away from exaggeration? Is he not symbolically 'spot on'? That's for you to decide. Meanwhile, the film has done the job it came to do. Maybe even better than 'Chinatown'. And, believe me, the HEY DAY of Hollywood may seem far away and long ago... but the manic drive and sexual black-mail we observe in this reptilian display is all too contemporary to our time. Bon Apetit! (If your digestive system is up to it).
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The Day of the Locust is a movie starring Donald Sutherland, Karen Black, and Burgess Meredith. An art director in the 1930s falls in love and attempts to make a young woman an actress despite Hollywood who wants nothing to do with...
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Life's flotsam and jetsam turn up at late 1930's Hollywoodland's door, once more, in this insightful tale of wannabes and desperadoes. Tod Hackett, artist, has inspirations to become noticed until he meets Faye Greener, blonde bombshell, and is immediately smitten. She has other ideas. She has Homer Simpson, victim, in her sights and cruelty and loneliness takes new meaning as all three are slowly sucked into the Hollywood system of sycophants, diggers and parasites, sucking the life from others as the life, and soul, is slowly sucked from them.
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Almost biblical...all too true!Reviewed bynihaoVote: 7/10
The Day of the Locust takes place in one of the most bizarre settingsto have ever existed in the real world. Hollywood in the 1930s was aplace of grand illusions, with an incredible power to change people'slives for the better, or for the worse. The relics of that time are,for the most part, the films that were churned out on sound stages,generally very wholesome and carefree. The reality of what went onoffstage is largely a mystery, although it is safe to assume it wasn'tall glamor and good times. The Day of the Locust is dark historicalfiction, and is utterly fascinating. It is a journey throughHollywood's golden age, guided by someone who comes to Hollywood atypical dream seeker, who finds himself helpless under the pressure ofthe industry and the misleading tactics of those who rule the screen.The characters that come in and out of his life are caricatures of theaspiring actresses, child stars, and crew members that help makeHollywood truly troubled and deeply strange.
A most unusual film, this. And it is a personal favorite. True to the flavour and colour of the Nathaniel West novel. It is well cast, well conceived, and beautifully presented. It is the cynic's view of Hollywood, but with a goodly quantity of truth to it. It ranges from the banal everyday life of a court apartment house, thru some rather high-flown action at the cock fights and the sound stage, to a raging fantasy in its surrealistic conclusion.
I find it gripping, exciting, funny, suspenseful, and a heck of a great entertainment.