Cinema: Zoo Story

RHINOCEROS

Directed by TOM O'HORGAN Screenplay by JULIAN BARRY

Imagine Ionesco's Rhinoceros cut, cramped, revved up and staged on a go-go dancer's platform in a roadhouse discothèque. That gives a hint of the kind of upbeat, frantic vulgarization done here by Julian Barry and Tom O'Horgan in another of eight filmed plays mounted by the American Film Theater. O'Horgan and Barry collaborated on Lenny, the Broadway biography of Lenny Bruce, and this film contains the same sort of trendy stunts, the same kind of empty, aggressive energy.

Ionesco is a logician of the absurd....

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