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Herostratus (1967)

| Drama | June 1967 (UK)
When Max, a young poet hires a marketing company to turn his suicide-by-jumping into a mass-media spectacle, he finds that his subversive intentions are quickly diluted into a reactionary ... See full summary »

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Don Levy

Writers:

Alan Daiches (idea), Don Levy (original idea) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Gothard ... Max
Gabriella Licudi ... Clio
Peter Stephens Peter Stephens ... Farson
Antony Paul Antony Paul ... Pointer
Mona Hammond Mona Hammond ... Sandy (as Mona Chin)
Helen Mirren ... Advert Woman
Brigitte St. John Brigitte St. John ... Dancer
Malcolm Muggeridge ... Radio Presenter (voice)
Hilda Marvin Hilda Marvin
Vivienne Myles Vivienne Myles
Ines Levy Ines Levy
Charlotte Bremer-Wolff Charlotte Bremer-Wolff ... (as Charlotte Wolff)
Max Latimer Max Latimer
Richard Huggett Richard Huggett
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Allen Ginsberg ... Poet (voice)
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When Max, a young poet hires a marketing company to turn his suicide-by-jumping into a mass-media spectacle, he finds that his subversive intentions are quickly diluted into a reactionary gesture, and his motivations are revealed as a desperate attempt to seek attention through celebrity. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Det sköna livet See more »

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Mono

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Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film's title is a metonym and is taken from the name of ancient Greek arsonist Herostratus. See more »

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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2014) See more »

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an extraordinary,disturbing and haunting movie
27 November 2003 | by kip-34See all my reviews

A surreal exploration of the potential endgame of the cynical capitalism behind Swinging London - and a vague play on the Faustian legend. A young man sells his suicide to an advertising agency in return for a month of luxury. The agency will market his suicide to advertisers, filming his jump from a high building past their posters in the windows. The price gets higher the nearer the ground. As a film it illustrated the hard edge to those loose days; I saw it in 1968 at the Everyman Cinema in Hampstead. Several people fled during some highly graphic abbatoir close-ups. Some of the acted images have never left me, particularly the hero walking into the agency director's office carrying an axe and sinking it into his desk. What a way to get attention! 35 years later I would really like to see this film again but for some reason it seems to have disappeared without trace ... Don Levy - you out there?


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