The Omega Man (US, 1971)

This has dated badly and Charlton Heston, despite being in a role he probably would’ve loved as he gets to shoot vermin, can’t carry it. The ideas good (the score’s execrable) but the film’s of interest as it is of its time. Black, afro-ed Rosalind Cash is introduced as being totally unreasonably aggressive; was that how ‘black chicks with Afros’ were represented in the early ’70s? This might make the film seem reactionary but she and Heston do kiss and have sex; if this wasn’t the first Hollywood movie to break the miscegenation taboo (enshrined in the Production Code) then it must’ve been among the first. Also, the love of the zoom lens is apparent; when did directors wean themselves off this? (DVD, 2)


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