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The late Charlton Heston’s triptych of tragedy (Planet of the Apes, Omega Man, Soylent Green) attests that man-made apocalypse is nothing new. Things get especially prescient with 1973’s Soylent Green, and by things I mean unemployment, global warming, and the tyranny of Big Food. The film takes place in 2022, on a carbon-choked Earth, where wealthy elites consume what little natural foodstuffs are left and the gape-mouthed masses must live on the Soylent Corp.’s titular brand of processed food. The ingredients are secret, but Heston’s Detective Thorn’s investigation of a Soylent exec’s murder exposes the horrifying, stomach-churning truth in one of film’s most memorable exclamations. The screening is part of AFI’s “Charlton Heston Remembered”series.
THE FILM SHOWS AT 3 P.M. AT AFI SILVER THEATRE AND CULTURAL CENTER, 8633 COLESVILLE Road, SILVER SPRING. $6–$10. (301) 495-6720.