ByNathan Cole, writer at

This movie is a treasure trove of controversy making it in many ways hard for a contemporary audience to swallow. what the creators might be thinking and what the people of today. I have asking what the people of the time it was made (1973) were thinking to see such a sad future, and weather people today are thinking the same things about are future.

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Overpopulation, starvation, a lack of women's rights. and evil corrupt corporations was the future they saw. The great depression began in 1929 on october 24 when 12.9 million shares were traded at the stock market, this due to rising panic over the value of companies. Over the next week to market completely crashed millions lost everything they had in stock and businesses slowed production laying off worker. By the year 1931 an estimated half of the country's industrial production was gone. Hunger was probably the most memorable thing from that time, many farmers lost so much money they could not afford to harvest their crops forcing food prices up literary letting their crops rot. Unemployment was soaring reaching over 20% and stayed that way till 1935 when new government positions were created to support them. the official end of the great depression was in the year 1939 when the U.S. started preparing for the possibility of war. This ended a hard chapter in American history.

The reasons for talking about the great depression is how similar the images in the movie and the image from the 1930s are very similar. The amount of hunger depicted in Soylent Green is staggering, showing the government food lines and riots by the hungry, food prices rocket. There's one point when we are told that 50% of Manhattan is unemployed more than double the great depression's worst moments.

The times were very different and the ideas they day would offend a modern audience.


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