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Sean Axmaker <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 10 Apr 1994 20:33:47 -0700
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On Sat, 9 Apr 1994, Joshua "Bishop" Lenius wrote:
>   How about one of the most obvoius utopian films of all, Logan's Run?
> Always been a favorite of mine, I first saw it when I was a little peeper,
> and didn't understand a bloody word of what was going on, but I thought it
> looked cool...  I ran into it again late one night on Showtime...
>   Anyway, 'sa great film... :)
>   Josh ranting in Madison, WI
Logan's Run is an interesting film to bring up as utopian because it
really only presents the apperance of utopia. Not only are all citizens
killed at the age of (i think) 30, but certain members of society are
little better than prostitutes and a definite ruling class keeps a rigid
class structure in place with the dangling carrot of the "lottery." So, is
Logan's Run a metaphor for modern society, with the lottery standing in
for religion (your rewards come after you die, natch) or a more Marxian
approach with the citizens as fodder for the industrial complex, destroyed
when no longer needed and kept from revolution with a supply of creature
comforts and the hope of advancement through the lottery?
Just a thought, anyways.
                                                Yours in cinema,
                                                Sean Axmaker