Zardoz

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Zardoz is a 1974 Irish-American science fiction movie starring Sean Connery and Charlotte Rampling. The film was created by John Boorman.

Plot

In a post-apocalyptic future (2293) the world is divided between the Eternals (immortals) and Brutes (mortals).

After killing Zardoz (who we later learn is in fact called Arthur Frayn) and hiding about the floating head "Zardoz", Zed travels to Vortex, the place inhabited by the Eternals.

Transhumanist Elements

The movie begins with Zardoz introducing himself as a man who wishes to die, but he says it is no longer possible because he is immortal.

There are some kind of birthing/re-animation chambers similar in appearance to those in The Matrix and one of the characters mentions a "third death" meaning has been either re-animated or re-born. It's not clear whether this is some kind of cloning technology or a kind of biological backup system.

During one scene, One of the characters asks Zed (Sean Connery's character) if he; "Would like to see immortality at work?". The 2 men arrive at an old folks home like area where the geriatrics have been "shunned" and The character mentions that they live a life senility. This is clearly a more negative/dystopian or deathist view of immortality, and one that would not be well thought of by longevity advocates.

We learn that the Eternals get their immortality from an AI known as the Tabernacle.

There are also various retro-futuristic and futuristic technologies shown throughout the movie including holographic devices and hydroponic-like plant growing devices.

Trivia

Deku-shrub references Zardoz in all presentations to London Futurists.[1][2]

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