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Rhinoceros (1974)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  21 January 1974 (USA)
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A boozing young man in love with his co-worker finds that everyone around him, even his pompous and condescending best friend, is changing into a rhinoceros.

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Young Man, Logician
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Originally an absurdist play by Eugene Ionesco, Rhinoceros tells the story of a French town plagued by rhinoceroses. These are not ordinary rhinoceroses, but people who have been victims of "rhinoceritis." Or is it something else entirely? But, why are they turning into rhinoceroses and what is Ionesco trying to tell us about society? Written by Jeff Schoner <zek@primenet.com>

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The comedy that proves people are still the funniest animals.


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The Broadway production of "Rhinoceros" by Eugène Ionesco and translated by Derek Prouse opened at the Longacre Theater in New York on January 9, 1961 and ran for 240 performances. See more »

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Version of Næsehornet (1972) See more »

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What Did You Do To Yourself
Music by Galt MacDermot
Lyrics by Bill Dumaresq
Performed by David Lasley
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Not to be forgotten
23 May 2004 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

As with others that commented on this film, I first saw Rhinoceros because it starred Gene Wilder. At the time, in the mid 1970's, Wilder was near the peak of his popularity. The film was a complete surprise to me. Very bizarre, nothing that I expected. Years later, I remember that I was quite disappointed with the movie and wondered just what it was that Wilder was doing. Years later, however, I find that the memory of this film has never left me. The premise of the movie, that of all the towns-people turning into Rhino's, escaped me. Today, I relate this film, in some ways to the novel 1984. I see the resemblance of the Rhino to sheep and/or cattle. This Wilder film is not comical. It is, however, a strangely unsettling satire that is difficult to forget. I, for one, am looking to purchase a copy of this film on DVD. I'm sure that it's meaning will be more apparent to me today than it was when first viewed 40 years ago.


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