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'''Zardoz''' is a 1974 Irish-American [[science fiction]] movie starring Sean Connery and Charlotte Rampling.
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'''Zardoz''' is a 1974 Irish-American [[science fantasy]] movie starring Sean Connery and Charlotte Rampling. The film was created by John Boorman.
    
== Plot ==
 
== Plot ==
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In a post-apocalyptic future (2293) the world is divided between the Eternals (immortals) and Brutes (mortals).
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After killing Arthur Frayn and hiding inside the floating head "Zardoz", Zed (a "Brutal Exterminator") travels to Vortex, the place inhabited by the Eternals.
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Upon his arrival in Vortex, Zed is made a slave. But later the eternals discover that Zed is the near-perfect by product of a [[eugenics]] experiment orchestrated by Arthur Frayn (Zardoz).
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Zed later uncovers the truth of the eternals and their ways and sets out to change the world.
    
== Transhumanist Elements ==
 
== Transhumanist Elements ==
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The movie begins with Arthur Frayn (Who at this point calls himself "Zardoz") introducing himself as a man who wishes to die, but he says it is [[involuntary immortality|no longer possible]] because he is immortal.
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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" hinting that a person has been either re-animated or re-born. It's not made clear whether this is some kind of cloning technology or a kind of biological backup system.
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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 [[Deathism|deathist]] view of immortality, and one that would not be well thought of by longevity advocates.
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We learn that the Eternals get their immortality from an [[AI]] known as the Tabernacle.
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There are also various retro-futuristic and futuristic technologies shown throughout the movie including holographic devices and hydroponic-like plant growing devices.
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Zed is also revealed to be the result of a [[Eugenics]] experiment.
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== Trivia ==
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[[User:Deku-shrub|Deku-shrub]] references Zardoz in all presentations to [[London Futurists]].<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kz84AcfgA7E&feature=youtu.be&t=5027</ref><ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8meaVSmjjA&feature=youtu.be&t=230</ref>
    
== External Links ==
 
== External Links ==
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*{{Wikipedia|Zardoz}}
 
*{{Wikipedia|Zardoz}}
 
*[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070948/ Zardoz on IMDB]
 
*[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070948/ Zardoz on IMDB]
 
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== References ==
 
[[Category:Film and TV]]
 
[[Category:Film and TV]]
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[[Category:Science fantasy films]]
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[[Category:Cloning]]
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[[Category:Artificial intelligence]]

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