The Day of the Locust

The Day of the Locust

In the San Bernardino Arms at the tail end of the Thirties lives a ragtag group of up-and-comers, down-and-outers and the just plain odd (Donald Sutherland is the original Homer Simpson), all locked in a feverish tangle of desire, repression and garish alienation. Bursting with menacing imagery and drenched in the paranoia of an era sandwiched between Hollywood’s Golden Age and World War Two, this adaptation of Nathanael West’s 1939 novel is an acerbic reflection of the banality of both the industry and the mindless hordes who consume its product, climaxing in a fever-dream riot.

The Day of the Locust

  • Director: John Schlesinger
  • Year: 1975
  • Run Time: 144 mins
  • Format: 16mm
  • Country: USA
  • Rating: M