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      Herostratus

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      Paul Schrader L.A. Herostratus represents not only an enormous effort (five penny-scraping years in the making), but also a great deal of thought, passion, and ingenuity, and I only wish I could say it deserved a better fate. Jun 30, 2020 Full Review Penelope Houston The Spectator Sophisticated techniques hint at unexpectedly naive assumptions. Jul 10, 2018 Full Review MFB Critics Monthly Film Bulletin Despite its all too obvious faults, Herostratus remains a passionate, exhausting and disturbing film. Feb 2, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Ahead of its era in its chopped structure, technique and the depth of its nihilism. Herostratus yet has a dark humor about the protagonist's cynical ploy for his stage-managed suicide and the underbelly of the Sixties dream. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Perhaps it was considered "experimental" in its time, but now it's just boring. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Mike M Pretentious isn't really the word for this epic face-off between ancient Greek myth and swinging London reality, but that doesn't mean it isn't at least halfway interesting for much of its duration... The revelation is the otherwise unknown Gothard: part Malcolm McDowell, part Robin Askwith, he's a very 60s moptop who's especially convincing in those scenes where he has to lay down and defend his reasons for self-sacrifice - while also conveying the kind of stunted growth and self-regard that perhaps brought about the ultimate failure of the whole counter-cultural movement. Needlessly extended and yet weirdly relevant in its dispatches on advertising, suicide and the fame game, it's within touching distance of what a British Godard movie might have been like. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/10/10 Full Review Audience Member Network and Performance slithered out from this fucker's filth. Enjoy. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member somewhere forgotten... Somewhere between the later episodes of The Prisoner and the early films of Donald cammell and something somewhere altogether 'other' which we can only suppose blossomed very briefly in the late 60s and was trampled down more quickly still: Herostratus! The weirdest of all British psychedelic films - now thankfully available again on a BFI DVD. Wonder of wonders. Weird. Unclassifiable. Weird and forgotten. Wondrous and forgotten. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Don Levy