Zardoz (1974) (part 12 of 15)

Z-Dawg asks, “The Vortex. How did it start?” Cut to the Renegades in the Old Folks Home. Friend pops into the frame, points at the old folks, and says, “They did it!” Really Old Guy sees Friend and stumbles over. Friend tells Z-Dawg that the Old Folks were the scientists who built the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, “but they were middle-aged, too conditioned to mortality!”

Several of the old guys stumble into the room and get up on stage. Friend’s VO says, “They went Renegade! We were their offspring, and we were born into Vortex life!”

Really Old Guy suddenly starts talking. “We seal ourselves, herewith, into this place of learning!” Then, “artistically”, we flash back to the old guys when they weren’t so old, standing in what looks like the Orange Auditorium. The Not-So-Really Old Guy repeats the line about “this place of learning” and announces, “Death is banished forever!” Apparently, in the future, all middle-aged guys will wear turtleneck sweaters and Native American-style parkas.

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Multi-Part Article: Zardoz (1974)

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