Adeptly reflects mankind's "compulsion to impose his own order on the universe..." - Vincent Canby, NY Times
Independent filmmaker Jim McBride (DAVID HOLZMAN'S DIARY) follows a hedonistic, innocent young couple as they roam the post-apocalyptic world in search of a fabled, unspoiled city of dreams. The record of the journey is GLEN AND RANDA, a primitive, desperate odyssey by the last bewildered survivors of an atomic holocaust, stumbling throughout the wreckage of a vanished civilization.
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Very late '60s-early'70s vision of a post-Apocalyptic world, pre-Feminist version. The really interesting characters are the older ones (men only) who remember civilization BEFORE...Bonus points for: Amazing wardrobe changes for Randa in a world short on hippie boutiques.
I enjoyed the portrayal of such innocence so believably. Unselfconscious acting of compelling characters. Gorgeous visual affect as well, ironies, strange conclusions born of isolation, commentary on our culture.
Fascinating as a perspective on how the peace love and understanding hippy culture of the early 70s might conceive of a post apocalypse world. Glen and Randa are guileless feckless adolescents entirely innocent of the dangers of the world. Likewise, the world they occupy, one only imaginable at the height of flower power, is free of violence or even danger from natural predators. Pacing and plot are in the slow and minimal 70s road movie style, so if you have the patience for a movie that is about the journey, not the destination, its alright.