Day of the Locust
What can I say? Jeepers, creepers. A beauty in its own right.
The intention to film the Nathanael West novella had been bounced
around at least since the early 50's, but everyone seemed to
think it was impossible to make.
It was John Schlesinger who finally got it together, threw open
a few studio doors so that the final set "in front of Grauman's
Chinese Theatre", including parking lot and street, could be
constructed by utilizing three connected studios. The original
location, needless to say, had long been marred by modern times.
Everything about the final result is breathtaking. A voyage into
times gone by, and awesome for any film buff.
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