The World, The Flesh and the Devil

After being trapped for days in a cave-in, Ralph (Harry Belafonte) digs himself out, only to find that civilization has been destroyed by nuclear armageddon. He befriends a survivor named Sarah (Inger Stevens), but when the pair meets Benson (Mel Ferrer), a white racist for whom the possibility of coexistence is still unthinkable, the trio becomes a microcosm of the fears and prejudices that brought the world to this terrible moment. One of the riskier and socially daring examples of 1950s dystopian sci-fi. (95 min.)

The World, The Flesh and The Devil is part of a summer-long series of family-friendly sci-fi films, presented free throughout the summer, coinciding with the exhibition Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume. Some of these are movies that George Lucas has cited as being his favorites, others are examples of the vast variety of pre-Star Wars fantasy, science fiction and adventure that fired the imaginations of young audiences in the 1950s and earlier. Raised on the infinite possibilities of movies, this was a generation ready to embrace Lucas’s vision. Each feature film will be preceded by one chapter from the three original Flash Gordon serials of the 1930s.

 

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