|The Big Floating Guy himself.|
I know most people with a knowledge of film have some easily portable ideas about this film, sort of meta-positions. Yes, Sean Connery runs around wearing a silly red diaper. Yes, “Zardoz” is a take on “The Wizard of Oz.” Yes, it’s a parable about how nature abhors a vacuum— and will find a way re-establish itself whenever denied. But Zardoz, like Zed himself, is a very clever creation, far more clever than such superficial observations. This film was a breakthrough in several areas— and even has a remarkable solution to a problem that plagues the current state of portable computing.
|Burned-out Municipal Centre.|
|Some Eternals enjoying the garden, unconcerned|
about the Brutals on the other side of the shield.
“We took all that was good and made an oasis here. We few— the rich, the powerful, the clever— cut ourselves off to guard the knowledge and treasures of civilization as the world plunged into a dark age. To do this we had to harden our hearts against suffering outside.”
Boorman exposes this sort of exceptional elitism as nothing more than hubris, unnatural folly that can only fail in the end.
|Zed utilizes a Wearable to interface with the Mainframe.|
|Consuela (Charlotte Rampling) takes notes.|
|Ring displays data. Note that in 2293 the Eternals|
have adopted a form of Hip-Hop English.
|May (Sarah Kestelman) performs a retinal scan with her ring.|
Well-written speculative science fiction is a tricky thing: it does not always reveal itself when first presented, but after a measure of time the world catches up with the creator’s vision.