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American Film Theatre - Rhinoceros

 

1974, 104 minutes
Dir. Tom O'Horgan
Rating: [PG]
Genres: Drama / Performing Arts

 

Aroview: Possibly the least appreciated of the American Film Theatre adaptations, this version of Eugene Ionesco's fable of totalitarianism is in fact perhaps the most experimentally 'cinematic' of the series.

After witnessing a rampaging rhino one night, office worker Wilder begins to notice that people in his small town are beginning to act strangely, developing thick skin and eventually transforming into the titular pachyderms. Filmically this takes a non-literal approach to the scenario, which was intended initially as an allegory of French society under Nazi occupation, but which translates effectively to the American setting.

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