Soylent Green – FLNWO #04

04/15/201312 Comments

This month on Film, Literature and the New World Order we talk to James Evan Pilato of MediaMonarchy.com about Soylent Green, the 1973 sci-fi movie based on the 1966 novel Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison. We discuss the differences between the book and the movie, the eminent personage who wrote the introduction to the book, and how the story has been used to predictively program some of the favourite memes of the eugenics propagandists.

Next month: The Catcher in the Rye

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Suggestions for Further Reading:

Video: “Soylent Green” Trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUslj86R2xo

“Soylent Green” on IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070723/

PDF: “Make Room! Make Room!” by Harry Harrison (w/ Paul Ehrlich’s Introduction and Suggestions for Further Reading)
http://ur1.ca/ddytn

“Make Room! Make Room!” Review by Paul Tomlinson
http://www.iol.ie/~carrollm/hh/n07.htm

“The Population Bomb” by Paul Ehrlich
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/760870.The_Population_Bomb

“Meals to Come: A History of the Future of Food” by Warren Belasco
http://books.google.com/books?id=7a5XPNRFt3IC&pg=PA51

R.I.P. Harry Harrison, creator of the Stainless Steel Rat, Bill the Galactic Hero, and Soylent Green
http://io9.com/5934884/rip-harry-harrison-creator-of-the-stainless-steel-rat-bill-the-galactic-hero-and-soylent-green

Stanley R. Greenberg, 74, Television Screenwriter
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/09/01/nyregion/stanley-r-greenberg-74-television-screenwriter.html

IMDB Boards: “is it really so bad,modern thought”
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070723/board/nest/169288584?ref_=tt_bd_2

Video: “Soylent Green” Opening Sequence
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlVczvB4FQk

Soylent Green: Soundtrack – Main Theme
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DlZD3003jk

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  1. HomeRemedySupply says:

    I well remember all the advertising of “Soylent Green” prior to its release in ’73. It was hyped bigtime and profiled well-known stars of the era like Chuck Connors, Charlton Heston, and Edward G. Robinson. During this era that was a lot of attention on pollution, and in some parts of the U.S. it was bad (acid rain).

    During this era, Japan was often cited as an example of how it had an uncontrolled population growth and would eventually smother in people. Here is a graph of Japan’s population growth 1950-2017. Notice that by 1990, the acceleration slowed and there was an eventual decline. http://www.tradingeconomics.com/japan/population

    But people in the U.S. during this era really didn’t notice a huge crowding of population. Some Anglos were concerned that the black community was growing too fast. The U.S certainly did not have the ethnic diversity it has in 2017. In 1973, the U.S. was mostly white with some Blacks and fewer Hispanics and even fewer Native Americans (who were still being sterilized).

    Movies during the 60’s & 70’s The film industry was more independent during this time. Remember, there were over 12,000 drive-in theatres. This was a golden age of drive-in. All types of genre were produced from “Billy Jack” to Blaxploitation. https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=Blaxploitation+films
    “Billy Jack” (right-on brother! 90 seconds) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1QVYjwa2M8&feature=youtu.be&t=35s
    (Billy Jack was re-released in ’73 after a 71 distribution flop. The drive-in saved it.)

    Joe Bob Briggs is the king of the Drive-In Theatre. He has reviewed “Soylent Green”.
    Joe Bob Briggs warns us about JAPAN. (one minute) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGN0-Y40hdI&feature=youtu.be&t=4m56s

    Depopulation Agenda and Joe Bob Briggs link
    https://www.corbettreport.com/watch-me-commit-a-heinous-thoughtcrime/comment-page-1/#comment-36318

  2. HomeRemedySupply says:

    This YouTube Channel is devoted to Soylent Green
    And!…The Corbett Report is listed!
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh4QGRIadyOzLcVIT7Qyg5Q

  3. I’m curious why you didn’t even mention Soylent, the real food product (without the “green”). Not as an ad, but just in passing as a cultural artifact.

    As I recall (and I may be wrong), the inventor was a featured interview on the Stephen Colbert Report, and explained that Soylent was a 100% nutrition powder that you would make milkshake type smoothies from. Like those old people drinks, it has everything you need to survive. It’s pretty bland so they also sell flavours or add your own stuff. Soylent is not cheap (yet?). It is designed to be a basic but full fundamental sustenance food product for anyone (geeks? robots?…) who don’t like the bother of shopping, cooking or gourmet food, but still want health and full nutrition without additives. I’m sure I’m not selling it well. Full disclosure: I have no interests in promoting the product, though I wouldn’t mind a free sample or lifetime supply.

    https://www.soylent.com/ “Food that frees you.” “Food 2.0”

    Also, unrelated, but of cinematic conspiracy note:
    Most of Hollywood is connected in some way to the deep state and it’s propaganda. Brad Pitt seems to like the “good” fight against Nazis in Inglorious Bastards, Fury, and Allied (which I just saw) – yet these movies do not promote (avoid?) the Holocaust narrative. Does he intentionally select material that is less controversial, or has he just never had the (mis)fortune of propagating a big lie? I know Brad Pitt builds houses in New Orleans for people, but who really wins and loses? Disaster capitalism or genuine charity? Is there something to this or am I as crazy as Pitt in 12 Monkeys?

  4. Maybe I missed it, but it seems obvious that this “Soylent Green – FLNWO #04” audio interview should also have a prominent link to the new/updated/revised video version. This is a feature that would be good across all audio to video updated interviews, especially when all the video commentaries/discussions have been rerouted to the original audio pages.

  5. Any thoughts about sharing the Corbett Report website-map so I may create a fan’s open-source array of Episode Lists including topics, meta tags, subjects, etc., all linking back to TCR on InfoGalactic.com, the free mirrored fork from Wikipedia without censoring rigged rules against “fringe”, “fancruft”, and politically sensitive subjects. If you don’t like http://www.InfoGalactic.com I’d do it where ever you prefer.

  6. meshugga42 says:

    Hello, James!

    You asked James a little about the music and got no reply. So, i thought i’d hazard a few remarks.

    Outside of the opening music and Sol’s suicide, the music is rather nondescript. Fred Myrow doesn’t seem to amount to much more than a b-list composer at best, and imdb doesn’t connect him with much that i remember. This, however, is more than enough.

    So the opening credits begin with music rooted in gospel. It then moves to a few choruses of jagged blues with some string and orchestral work in a different, dissonant, style on top. The music then returns to the opening theme. As the credits give way to a disjointed urban scene, this opening musical sequence provides a parallel aural depiction of what we see, with just enough sense of cyclic return to realize that we may not want to see this day, again.

    The music accompanying Sol’s suicide tops the opening credits, making it even more disturbing in retrospect. Three pieces are used, one of which i recognized: Beethoven’s 6th Symphony (also called Pastorale), Tchaikovsky’s 6th symphony (also called Pathetique–meaning Pathos, not pathetic), and Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite (which was originally incidental music for Ibsen’s play about a “peasant anti-hero”). All of these are easy to connect to Sol’s character and the scenes surrounding him as he embraces death. By the way, am i the only one who connected the voluntary end of Sol’s life with the suicide parlors in Brave New World? He can also be seen as the hermit who kills himself at the end of Huxley’s novel, too. i was waiting for either you or James to stumble towards these observations.

    But back to the subject. Notice that the only beauty in the entire movie, whether visual or aural, is connected with Sol’s death. Much can be made of his name, too: Sol Roth, or Red Sun. This is seen at sunset or sun rise. For Sol himself, he is the setting sun of the old world, the last who knows. Thorn sees, though, and for the first time, rather like Plato’s cave inverted. He only sees flickering images on a wall (and through a looking glass), but they are more real and inspiring to him than anything else he’s ever seen or heard. For Thorn, the sun rises. But things don’t end well for him, so his rising sun might also mean, “Red sky at morning, sailor take warning.”

    Well, that seems to be enough. Thank you for the podcast and FLNWO series. Please extend my thanks to James, too.

  7. KungFuFil says:

    I was a bit stuck by the mention of greenhouse effect in the movie, aka global warming, aka climate change. It’s mentioned directly once in a conversation, and there are many other offhand references to it like the fact that temperatures are in the 90s (32C) and the bit where they want to crank up the air conditioning.

    In the credits I also noticed the technical consultant, Frank R. Bowerman, being director of environmental engineering programs at the University of Southern California, and president of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. Sounds like an interesting guy. A quick search says that the academy seems like a club of select environmental engineers. They seem mostly focused on various aspects of land and water management, but I wonder if they also dabble in geoengineering.

    The first results I get when searching for Bowerman is a landfill named after him in Orange County, California. The names of the companies backing the projects in that landfill are interesting: Prometheus Energy, and Montauk Energy. Didn’t find anything on the guy himself or his work yet.

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