With all the recent talk about global warming, the slow-food movement and even right on this blog-site, the local food market, the 1973 Richard Fleischer directed Sci-Fi film, Soylent Green, has a lot to say to our modern problems.
In Soylent Green, Charlton Heston, the 60’s and 70’s films’ American man, plays a detective in a starving and overpopulated 2022 New York City. With the absence of CGI, the future does not look so bright in Fleischer’s film. The neighborhood scenes look as though they are outtakes from The Westside Story and although the apartment scenes from the more wealthy New Yorkers portray a very retro magnificence, in the year 2008, we know that architecture and design may be taking a slightly different path. To combat the starvation problem, a corporation called Soylent Corporation has developed a food by-product called Soylent Red, Soylent Yellow and finally Soylent Green. Triggered by the murder of a wealthy man affiliated with Soylent Corporation, Heston’s Detective Thorn is lead to the discovery of the main ingredient in the population’s food, known as Soylent Green. Soylent Green reeks of the late 60’s and 70’s. This is not always a bad thing. Like other retro films, it is enjoyable to watch as the present dictates what a generation may have envisioned for their future. For instance, the opening credits and soundtrack seem to imply that we are about to watch Love Story; yet, the film does progress into a very retro funfest of Heston debauchery partnered with some 70’s pre-feminist lingo. Charlton Heston plays a role in which he is very familiar. We have seen him in this manly, man role in Planet of the Apes and The Omega Man. I, for one, cannot get enough of him. I am freakishly attracted to his dated ability to force himself upon a woman or an ape and lavish her with kisses, while in the same scene, like in Soylent Green, telling the “furniture” (women) to stay in line and mind their business. In addition to the late, great Heston, Soylent Green, like Planet of the Apes, spawned one of the most famously quoted movie-lines of all times.
Everyone should know what Soylent Green is...Soylent Green will be shown this Friday night at Vintage next to Savvy Gourmet as part of the Dinner and a Movie Friday Night Film Series. The film begins at 7:30 doors open at 6 pm. Dinner will be prepared by local produce guru, Jim Bremer (Get it…greens for Soylent Green). Details are on The Savvy Gourmet website or call 504-895-COOK (2665).