NPR spotted a prediction of New York’s future for 2022 in a 1973 movie “Soylent Green”
As a longtime fan of the former Movies, I shouldn’t have missed this, but NPR spotted a prediction of NYC’s future in the 1973 film “Soylent Green, and the future is now. Each scene paints a picture of the city in 2022 so dark it seems absurd.
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But with daily news on Omicron rages in Manhattan Locking hospitals on the brink, and with anticipated food shortages, as well as degradation of clean water and breathable air due to climate change, “Soylent Green” turns out to be a diviner.
In this polluted, overcrowded city metropolis running out of food and water, you see a large corporation distributing food that would be plankton of the sea.
(More on this in a moment).
Although the film is alarming, it disturbs you more because Edward G. Robinson is out of character. Known for his villainous roles as Mafia boss Johnny Rocco in the ’48 movie “Largo keyHis alcoholic mock mercilessly, in Soylent Green, he is the antithesis of the villain.
In this film, Robinson play a old man with foggy eyes and moody the good old days when the pastures were green and the air and water were clean.
Probably the most heartbreaking scene in this otherwise uncompromising film is where Robinson died watching old video clips of Earth before the ecological disaster when Mother Nature prosperous.
And just as Robinson’s role reversal intensifies the story, so does the non-character part. Charlton heston rooms.
Famous for his role as Moses leading his people to freedom, here he is bewitched and unhappy.
These two role reversals are so overwhelming that it’s a bit like seeing, say, Betty Blanche assume the role of Lizzie Borden, who said he murdered his father and stepmother with an ax.
As for the ingredient in Soylent Green (hint, it’s not plankton), you can guess that the food for the impoverished people is the meal that the impoverished miners eat in Belgium Van GoghThe Potato Eaters.
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When you finally discover at the end of the film that Soylent Green feed a hungry city is made of living dead, we want to vomit.
But here’s the thing. As Soylent Green hits you hard, the horror of the food source is simply brought up. But some Old master-art argues that films do not have a patent on gsad.
To consider Francisco Goyathe categorical point of view of cannibalism – Saturn devouring his son.
Certainly, Saturn was a mythological god who ate his newborns for fear that one would take his place. But the representation is realistic enough to push back.
And the way Francis bacon‘s Figure with meat appears, the character could be the CEO of this large company distributing Soylent Green (except, in this case, the meat is the carcass of a cow cut in half).
The worst of the worst
Probably the most off-putting painting I can think of is Theodore Gericault‘s Anatomical parts, which he returned from human remains from a local mortuary.
Another horror is The massacre of the innocent by Pierre Paul Rubens. It’s a bible scene when king herod orders that all males under the age of two be killed. What Rubens describes is a scene of mass murder.
But wait. While these paintings look real and hide nothing, Soylent Green, although romance, is terribly close to the reality of our time. Too much cldare.
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