Some more pictures from this vintage film with an ecological message … back in 1972 !
“What’s gonna happen if these forests and all this incredible beauty is lost for all time?” asks Bruce Dern’s protagonist, Freeman Lowell, in Silent Running. Made when the environmental movement was just finding its legs, the story concerns a small colony of ships floating through space, carrying bio-domes filled with the last vestiges of Earth’s natural ecosystem. The scariest thing about the film isn’t imagining a world without green forests or clean water or healthy ecosystems. No, the scariest thing is the indifference that greets Lowell’s aforementioned question. His colleagues appear totally non-plussed by the ecological apocalypse gripping the Earth. How does one fight a problem when no one acknowledges it
Martin TAYLOR made an artist impression of the spaceships with the domes :
Somehow this huge conservation project of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault , reminds me of the vintage film “Silent running”
The movie’s themes of environmental concern and rebellion against wrongheaded authority fit very well with the time it was released (enhanced by Joan Baez’s folksy soundtrack). The story is set in the year 2008, when Earth’s natural environment has been destroyed. All that remains are samples of forests and waterlands preserved in space-station greenhouses orbiting Saturn until the day our planet is able to support plants and animals again. Freeman Lowell is one of the guardians of these microcosmic environments, and when official word comes that the project is too expensive to be carried on – in fact, Earthlings now seem content with their totally man-made surroundings – he quickly hatches a plan to avert orders to destroy the pod carrying his most beloved forest site. He kills his three colleagues and heads deeper into space, radioing home that an explosion has disabled his spacecraft and sent it on a trajectory where he may never be found again. Alone somewhere inside the rings of Saturn, he forms a relationship with his remaining “drone” robots, teaching them about the abundant life in their care. When a craft from home approaches to “rescue” him, he must take one last drastic step and make an even greater sacrifice to save the land in his care. <<<