STARRING: Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling,
Sara Kestelman, Sally Anne Newton, John Alderton, Niall Buggy
1974, 105 Minutes, Directed by: John Boorman
the type of film that could only have been made in the late 1960s or early
Back then Hollywood hasn't discovered the Star Wars box
office recipe yet and there were still some space for personal
film-making. Back then films weren't as formulaic as they are
today. Therefor Kubrick could have made A
Clockwork Orange, Ken
Russell could have made Mahler and John Boorman could have
made this film.
Whether this is actually a good thing depends on
your taste: Zardoz can be either unbearably pretentious or
profound and filled with philosophical insights. Or simply
incomprehensible . . .
personally think that the film veers somewhere between all this.
It offers some (unintentional?) camp and humor, references to
T.S. Eliot, quotes from Nietzsche and extracts from Beethoven's 7th
Symphony, Sean Connery in a red S&M leather outfit (you read right,
yeah) and topless women.
The story, set in the distant
future, involves a group of immortal intellectuals who lives isolated from a
outside reality of unbridled savagery and brutality. One of the people on the
outside (Sean Connery) manages to sneak into their utopia and ultimately causes
all kinds of havoc inside the intellectuals' utopia. Or something like that.
this is one of those films that brings Moliere to mind: "It
must be art because I don't understand a single word of it."
Zardoz is one of those films that will leave you
completely bewildered. It's one of those
love or hate it films that will at least give its
audiences something to talk about afterwards - a feat that few of
today's films manages to do . . .
Sci-Fi Movie Page Pick: Bad
1970s movie or great art? Love it or hate it - but you probably won't understand what the heck it's all about . . .
Stars Sean Connery in a red leather S&M outfit - if that's your type of thing.