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.

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