Trailer fun with John Boorman's 'Zardoz'

by alphamonkey on September 19, 2007 · 2 comments

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Reader Jim sent in this link for the trailer to John Boorman’s not-so-classic take on the Wizard of Oz, Zardoz. This 1974 sci-fi film has never really developed much of a following, which is odd considering the double-whammy of Sean Connery and no shortage rather conservative-minded violence.

It’s a mess of a movie, and it’s certainly one that could have only been a product of the early 70’s, but it is interesting to see how Boorman subverted the story of the Wizard of Oz to act as a strange cautionary tale against… well, I’m not sure. It’s a weird mash of anti-intellectualism (in that the elite class lives pointless lives of scholarly pursuit cut off from the rest of savage humanity), pro-sex, and pro-violence, but the end result seems to reach for something much more transcendent.

I’d stop just short of actually recommending it, as it’s more a curiosity than a bona-fide good movie, but sci-fi buffs (or fans of just elaborate train-wrecks) should certainly be able to say they’ve seen it.

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  • Thundarr

    “I’d stop short of actually recommending it”
    When did you become Tucker (who made me watch this piece ‘o crap)?

    Stay away from this waste of celluloid folks.
    You’ll thank me.

  • Alyxavior

    Dare I say that I own the DVD? 😉

    I find it amusing.

    It made me think outside the box, though, and for that I’m thankful. :)

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