Dave Galanter
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Subj: Re: Sci-Fi Cinema #32 - Z.P.G. (1972)
Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 at 09:30:47 pm EST (Viewed 60 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Sci-Fi Cinema #32 - Z.P.G. (1972)
Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 at 06:23:35 pm EST (Viewed 61 times)

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The 70s were so beak. That bleakness makes for some interesting movies, though. This one sounds interesting, and before Soylent Green. Though I'll bet Planet Of The Apes had a big impact on these futuristic movies from the era. I do enjoy learning about these movies that were just before what would've been my formative years.

Oliver Reed is a good actor but he doesn't make a movie for me as much as for others. He's usually a memorable character in most movies. His most memorable role for me are from Curse Of The Werewolf, Tommy, Burnt Offerings and The Damned. I just realized he was in the Robert Mitchum version of The Big Sleep. When you say Z.P.G. is too silly for Reed, do you mean the plot, the performances, or is it low budget? It doesn't sound low budget.

The baby dolls sound creepy and that aspect of the plot is disturbing. These types of plot points make me wonder if this is just over dramatization to make a point or if people really thought this would be a possible future.

Sometimes I'm in the mood for some bleak dystopia, but I have been covering a lot of those lately. My next one is more fun!

Planet of the Apes was up for an Oscar, I bet it influenced a lot of people.

When I say too silly, I probably shouldn't make that assumption since I don't know him. The only other clip of him I saw was an appearance on Johnny Carson in the '70s and he seemed like a fairly serious fellow.

But when I say too silly, it has more to do with what one commenter online had said about how on the nose this movie is. You have to run your own abortion machine. The government controls your caloric intake. Breeders are put to death. Everything is as extreme as it can possibly be. Subtlety is not to be seen here. But maybe we see that as silly and back then, they saw it as a statement.

I should have done a little more homework on the guy who created the baby dolls. Derek Meddings was his name and apparently he also created the puppets from Thunderbirds, miniatures for the James Bond films like submarines, trains and the spaceships from Moonraker, and even designed Bond's Lotus-sub. He also did special effects for Superman the movie, creating the Krypton miniatures and the Hoover Dam that we see crumble. Cool.

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