Directed by John Boorman • 1974 • Ireland, United States
One of the most singular film experiences of the 1970s, John Boorman’s Tolkien-on-acid sci-fi head-trip is auteur cinema in the extreme, a fascinating melange of hallucinatory images and metaphysical musing. In the twenty-third century, society has been divided into two sects: the Eternals, a group of rarefied immortals who live in a state of luxurious ennui, and the Brutals, oppressed barbarians who live by the violent code of their floating stone god Zardoz (“The gun is good! The penis is evil!”). When a Brutal named Zed (Sean Connery, memorably rocking a ponytail and crimson loincloth) comes to understand the truth of his own exploitation, he launches a rebellion that takes him into the forbidden realm of the Eternals.