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Last Woman on Earth

Entry updated 30 January 2017. Tagged: Film.

Film (1960). Filmgroup. Produced and directed by Roger Corman. Written by Towne. Cast includes Antony Carbone, Betsy Jones-Moreland and Edward Wain (pseudonym of Robert Towne). 71 minutes. Colour.

For unexplained reasons (war?) the world is drained of oxygen for several hours; the lone survivors (as far as we know) are three scuba divers: two men (one wealthy and aggressive, one effete and intellectual) and the first man's wife. Scientifically silly and poorly acted, with scriptwriter Towne – later celebrated for Chinatown (1974) and other films – called in to play the intellectual part at the last minute, Last Woman on Earth still has compelling moments. For a quickie-movie the script is remarkably mannered; yet it may be a sharper, less sentimental film than the more famous The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959), on which it was presumably modelled. [PN]


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