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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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.