February 12, 2012

Soylent Green Is...Related?

Some things are easy to identify as coincidences. Some aren't.

In watching Richard Fleischer's 1973 eco-policier Soylent Green today, I got the chance to reacquaint myself with Edward G. Robinson's lovely performance as the wistful but pessimistic Sol, who both rooms with and helps Charlton Heston's heat-weary detective, Thorn.

My grandfather had actually met Robinson many years ago, and their amiable exchange has become part of family lore.

My grandfather's name: Sol.

I thought about this today while watching Soylent Green and wondering whether the similarity was a coincidence. Possibly. I'd like to think it wasn't.

But I can appreciate the film--and Edward G.--all the same.

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