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Soylent Green

Soylent Green
  • 1973
  • US
  • 97 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Richard Fleischer
  • Cast: Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, Edward G Robinson

Film adaptation of Harry Harrison's highly-regarded novel 'Make Room! Make Room!' sets up a plausible vision of a future world teeming with hungry millions. Heston is a tough cop trying to discover exactly what the ingredients of Soylent Green are, a synthetic foodstuff that's been cooked up to help feed the planet. The final revelation might be obvious from a long way off, but it's very logical in a Swiftian sort of way.

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Fleischer takes us into a dystopian future, and creates a science-fiction classic in the process.

Earth, 2022. A polluted, over-populated world of exhausted natural resources, dead eco-systems, civil disorder, assisted suicide, and murder. With outstanding work from Charlton Heston, and an incredibly poignant final performance from the legendary Edward G Robinson, Fleischer's unforgettable sci-fi parable, adapted from Harry Harrison's 1966 novel Make Room! Make Room!, is now frighteningly more resonant than ever.

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5 reasons to see films in the Richard Fleischer retrospective at EIFF 2013

4 Jun 2013

2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival screens film by undervalued American director

Not considered an auteur, like, say, Alfred Hitchcock, this great American director has been undervalued by critics and film historians. Like Robert Wise and John Huston, Fleischer was a versatile craftsman who was able to turn his eye to many kinds of…

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