Ralph Burton is a miner who is trapped for several days as a result of a cave-in. When he finally manages to dig himself out, he realizes that all of mankind seems to have been destroyed in a nuclear holocaust.
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The white man is 'the devil'. Nothing new there. Why's the white man always got to ruin things? Oh, he pretends that it's about age and not racism. Harry spells it out: "The only thing he has against me is that I'm younger than he is." Right. The white man destroyed the world in the first place. Of course in the end you need a woman to make things right.
Touching when viewed through my own lens of tech era loneliness in NYC. I love how the characters roleplay normal humanity w/one another & inanimate objects, how the importance of morals are interrogated (those conversations on libraries & future generations) & how the commentary on violence comes full-circle. I hope the my city's inevitable post-apocalyptic state comes with such lovely, polyamorous undertones.
Anticipation, sci-fi post-apocalyptical setting to serve a moral and socio-political cause against racial segregation in the US 50s. The "last man on earth" atmosphere easily encourages the antagonism between the lost and wandering characters. A message of peace and tolerance which reaches its goal...the happy ending is a bit too predictable (or angelic contrary to the painful reality) but nice movie in the genre.
Great science fiction helps one to encounter yourself more deeply in a foreign setting. I was disoriented at first, but then found the story deeply charming, gearing up for the challenge of the climax. A fascinating film to look at from the modern time, handling the concepts of racism in a world without populace. Also. I new love for Belafonte.