Known mainly for being the first studio film to say the words 'fucktard' and 'cock gobbler,' the tragic behind-the-scenes drama of 'Sophocles And The Fall Of Rhode Island' far exceeded the drama on-screen.
Written and directed by avant-guard, cutting-edge French playwright Michel Allant, 'Sophocles...' dared to show a real marriage - warts, language, sex, murder and all - a very prudish America.
Prudish America rejected it violently.
Manka Bros. studio chief, Harry Manka, received death threats before the premiere and abruptly canceled the screening.
This so incensed Michel Allant that he lit himself on fire with a cigarette (it was quickly extinguished by Army Archerd who was covering the premiere for Variety).
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