New York: Cinebill, 1974. Ten page vintage American Film Theatre/Cinebill program for the 1974 film. Program, illustrated throughout, includes an essay on Eugene Ionesco and "Rhinoceros" by Martin Esslin, excerpts of Ionesco's writings on theatre, an essay by director Tom O'Horgan, and a tribute to and interview with Zero Mostel.
Based on the 1959 absurdist play by Ionesco, and part of the American Film Theatre series, produced by Ely Landau, of thirteen plays adapted to film from 1973 to 1975.
Zero Mostel stars, reprising his role from the 1961 Broadway production, and is re-united with Gene Wilder, who previously appeared together in Mel Brook's "The Producers" in 1968.
A re-imagining of Ionesco's darkly comical indictment of human gullibility and herd mentality (Ionesco's response to rising fascism in pre-WWII Europe), wherein citizens of a town inexplicably begin turning into rhinoceroses, reimagined in contemporary (1970s) US, complete with a revered portrait of President Richard Nixon.
5.5 x 8.75 inches. ten pages, saddle stitched illustrated card wrappers. Near Fine.