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117 Ratings


Directed by Don Levy
United Kingdom, 1967
Drama, Avant-Garde


This audacious and prescient work left a profound mark on the landscape of late-1960s British cinema, with elements of its visual style evident in the work of Stanley Kubrick and Nicolas Roeg.

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Herostratus Directed by Don Levy

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  • El Biffo's rating of the film Herostratus

    Remarkable filmmaking, perhaps hampered by the existential ennui which is central to the film. In particular the extended lovemaking scene is a bit of a slog because we don't expect it to be that depressing. All of this is contrasted by images and editing which contradicts and at the same time reinforces the ennui. Periodically Allen Ginsburg appears, like the Messiah shouting "Theater" in a crowded fire.

  • Nikola Enchev's rating of the film Herostratus

    Callous, disconnected and unstructured. 140 minutes of arbitrariness that are difficult to sit through - when logic is lacking any scene is random and thus disposable: a cut of 80 minutes may have saved it but the premise is perhaps too shallow to begin with...

  • Jonathan Smith's rating of the film Herostratus

    A lost spectacle of British cinema. Despite its anonymity, Herostratus's is reminiscent of contemporaries Clockwork Orange, Blow Up and Roeg's work. Saying that, Levy's sole feature length is a remarkable piece of art in its own right. The narrative premise of a poet dying for fame falls flat but the fragmented editing, reflective of the subconscious, are exhilarating juxtapositions. Not a classic but a must watch.

  • dmol's rating of the film Herostratus

    The most well-rounded, complete film I have seen, in my subjective point of view: The aesthetics, the acting, the uncanny sense of humour, the intellect, the feelings and politics behind it. The lack of money that, through invention, spawns tragic magic. Not something everybody can warm up to, but there is a message everyone can relate to and cinematic novelty anyone creative can learn from...

  • Anita G's rating of the film Herostratus

    a very important film, especially for film makers to see, because it doesn't assume the audience are stupid. a piece of art that is beautifully framed, shot and edited. the art direction is sublime. it is, perhaps, sadly ironic that both the director and the lead actor committed suicide at the end of their lives.

  • anwoody's rating of the film Herostratus

    Very weird. Bizarre themes of spectacle, rebellion and the depravity of the media world. This film breaks so many conventions with a big fuck-you. The editing style is arresting and the absence of sound in some edits is startling. Very hard to make sense of in places, but curiously not boring. Yes, it's reminiscent of Roeg's Man who fell...and Kubrick's Clockwork Orange.

  • CarlosEsquives's rating of the film Herostratus

    En la Historia, Eróstrato fue conocido público por incendiar el Palacio de Artemisa. A la línea de esto, en "Herostratus" un individuo desea también llamar la atención mediatizando su suicidio. Levy realiza un filme sobre la deshumanización, la modernidad y el conflicto existencial de un personaje a contracorriente. Todo se desliza mediante un idioma experimental/alegórico. La represión triunfa, pero quedan rezagos.

  • raggiodisole's rating of the film Herostratus

    Visionary. Closer to art than cinema, but really quite dazzling. That this film is not better known is a surprise and a tragedy. Way ahead of its time, and unique in the British film canon

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