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Utopian and dystopian futures in Zardoz

by Critical Commons Manager

In 2293 the utopian/dystopian future (that is also an allegory of Nixon-era America) imagined in Zardoz features a ubiquitous artificial intelligence system that has been integrated into a society where no one dies or ages. Some are driven mad by eternal life, others become apathetic, while classes are separated and the technocratic efficiency of an AI agent known as "Tabernacle" is unable to meet basic human needs. The future in Zardoz is bisexual, simultaneously repressed and savage, and the calm veneer of the privileged classes residing in The Vortex is shattered by the animalism of Sean Connery, a male Barbarella who catalyzes a radical social upheaval. 

Painfully literal allegory of 1970s political apathy in Zardoz

While an off-screen voice declares that it is time to "Vote please!" Sean Connery confronts a group of "apathetics" who contribute nothing to society while consuming its resources

from Zardoz (1974)
Creator: John Boorman
Posted by Critical Commons Manager