Chandler’s Trailers: “Logan’s Run” (1976)

000logansrun       If Michael Anderson’s film of “Logan’s Run” is an admittedly reduced version of the source novel by William F. Nolan and  George Clayton Johnson, it is neither the bastardization of a deep work (Whose reputation has grown by unread but presumed leaps and bounds ever since the release of the film.), nor does it render the slim points of the novel meaningless; rather it is a typical middle-ground effort by Hollywood to encapsulate even the most meager of SF literature’s intellectual content by way of a transmutation (always wholly ineffective but if anything is certain is that movie studios never-  ever  -learn lessons) of ideas into grandiose production design which is intended to single-handedly impart the concept of a legitimate back story onto an undeveloped sociopolitical developmental evolution simply by stylistic grandiosity of it’s architecture. If, however, the first shots of said film comprise several patently phoney miniatures, are the minute dimensions of the film’s ambitions given an equally presumptive editorial evaluation?  Dystopian futurism is mixed with hedonism and not a small chaser of ageism in a not particularly well developed story of a domed post-apocalyptic society in which the population is entirely comprised of people under the age of thirty (and an apparent homogeneous ethnicity)after which they must undergo a ceremony known as Carousel (a sort of anti-gravitational microwave in which the participants ascend and burst into sparks to the amusement of the gathered audience), during which a promised chance of Renewal is in the offering. (There is symbolism associative with religious parallels scattered throughout the film, but none are developed.)
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I've been a puppet, a pirate, a pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king, not necessarily in that order. My first major movie memory was being at the drive-in at about 1 1/2 yrs. old seeing "Sayonara" so I suppose an interest in film was inevitable. (For those scoring at home- good for you- I wasn't driving that evening, so no need to alert authorities.)Writer, critic and confessed spoiler of women, as I have a tendency to forget to put them back in the refrigerator. My apologies.
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3 Responses to Chandler’s Trailers: “Logan’s Run” (1976)

  1. wow-you’ve put a lot of work into this sight I am very impressed!!

  2. beetleypete says:

    I have to admit to a fondness for this film, at least at the time. I confess that most of this came from watching Jenny Agutter in various states of undress though.
    I still catch it occasionally on TV showings, and I think that it has endured pretty well.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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