Dec 14, 2020
Zardoz (1974) (part 8 of 15)
Abruptly, we find Z-Dawg running up a hill. As he reaches a plateau overlooking the lake, we hear a bland voice announce that he is “approaching the periphery shield of Vortex Four.” We hear a low hum, and Z goes up and starts miming the “glass box” routine in thin air to simulate, I presume, the “periphery shield”.
Z feels his way along the “periphery shield” until he spots some of his old Red Diaper buddies on a hill in the distance. Z raises his hand in a Black Power salute, so his buddies fire off a flare gun in response and ride off. That will be important later, but only in the sense that what those guys do will end this movie that much quicker.
Then, for no reason at all, Z-Dawg tries to push on the shield some more, and now that we’re looking at him from a different angle, Boorman has stuck a sheet of glass in here to represent the shield. Z-Dawg pushes against it with his hands, then pushes against it with his face [!]. What this shot was supposed to accomplish other than raucous laughter is beyond me.