Soylent Green

Our next film is Soylent Green (1973), directed by Richard Fleischer.

Welcome film fans to the Fall 2021 Semester! We will be kicking off film club with the sci-fi dystopian classic Soylent Green, from 1973.

Starring the legendary Charlton Heston with Leigh Taylor-Young and Edward G. Robinson, the film imagines a near future New York City where overpopulation, food shortages, and global warming have resulted in extreme class stratification and some dark and drastic measures by the powers that be.

The film was met with mixed reviews on release but has only grown more relevant over time, as concerns about climate change, sustainability, class disparities, and human rights have deepened. Part procedural thriller and part socioeconomic commentary, the proximate and unfortunately believable horrors of Soylent Green should make for some lively discussion!

Soylent Green is available for rent on iTunes, YouTube, Amazon, and Google Play for $2.99. We will be discussing the film on September 29th at 8:00pm EDT on Slack. Also check out our resources page for additional essays and videos.

Soylent Green

Below you will find written and video materials to supplement your experience with this film. Be aware that some essays and video essays may contain spoilers.

Critical Essays

Soylent Green 1973 (AFI Catalog of Feature Films)

Soylent Green Movie Review (Roger Ebert)

Why Soylent Green is More Relevant Now Than Ever (Den of Geek)

Soylent Green 1973 (Pop History Dig)

Before MAD MAX: Post Apocalyptic Film “Soylent Green” (Heavy Metal)

Contextual Reading

Soylent Green is People: Interview with Dr. Andrew Bell

Malthus at the Movies: Science, Cinema, and Activism around Z.P.G. and Soylent Green

Earth Day at 50: Why the legacy of the 1970s environmental movement is in jeopardy

Standing Ovation: Edward G. Robinson in ‘Soylent Green’