Rhinoceros: The Decline of Civilization | Screening and Conversation
Where: Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Ave.
718-777-6888 Price: $15
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With political scientist Ester Fuchs and playwright Theresa Rebeck in conversation
Dir. Tom O’Horgan. 1974, 104 mins. DCP. With Gene Wilder, Zero Mostel, Karen Black.
One by one, people are turning into rhinoceroses. Incredulous office clerk Stanley (Wilder) starts to think such a transformation might not be the worst thing. Reuniting Mostel and Wilder for the first and only time after The Producers, Rhinoceros is an adaptation of Eugène Ionesco’s absurdist play, anti-fascist play, which premiered at the Royal Court in London in 1960 and was directed by Orson Welles. Mostel won a Tony Award in a production the following year for the role he reprises in the film with physical-comedic genius. Rhinoceros will be followed by a conversation about how the political theories explored in the story still resonate today.Buy tickets/get more info now