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A Look at the World of SOYLENT GREEN (1973)

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This promotional short film for Soylent Green (1973) begins by showing clips of films that depicted what the future might be like beyond Earth (click the "movie connections" link for the ... See full summary »
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This promotional short film for Soylent Green (1973) begins by showing clips of films that depicted what the future might be like beyond Earth (click the "movie connections" link for the short list). The narrator then discusses the origin of the idea depicted in "Soylent Green": some time in the future, there will be too many people and not enough food to feed them. Director Richard Fleischer and star Charlton Heston discuss how an upcoming crowd scene will be filmed. Then we see what happens when the crowd riots because there is not enough food available to be distributed to everyone. "Soylent Green" was Edward G. Robinson's 101st (and, as it turned out, his last) feature film. During a break in filming, the cast and crew hold a ceremony celebrating the first film of his "second hundred", and Robinson makes appreciative remarks to the crowd. Studio head Jack L. Warner and friend George Burns are among those in attendance. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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Good Promo for the Heston Film
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Look at the World of SOYLENT GREEN, A (1973)

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Promotional short that was released for SOYLENT GREEN works on many levels but one big one. For the most part this is yet another "come see our movie" promo but this one here is made pretty good. We start off we a few clips from earlier movies that tried to show us what the future was going to be like and then we see the world shown in the film. The promo does a very good job at building up the story and I know if I had seen this in 1973 that it would have made me want to see the movie. The most important stuff here is a birthday party given to Edward G. Robinson. This is important for several reasons but one is that the legendary actor would pass away not too long after the footage was taken. I'm going to guess that this is some of the last footage we have of the actor so it's great to see. It's also nice to see how much everyone respected him and the scene is very effective.


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