Retroist Podcast – Episode 169 – Silent Running

On this week’s show I talk about the 1972 Sci-Fi classic, Silent Running. I start off by talking about how I miss the act of discovery and randomness with how I used to consume entertainment. Then I move on to the film and talk about the people who wrote it, the studio’s attempt at semi-independent films, the cast with special focus on Bruce Dern, the characters, the music, the FX and more.

Vic Sage is back with this week with another great “Why Should I Know this Person.” This Week Vic talks about the director of Silent Running, special effect maestro, Douglas Trumbull.

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One thought on “Retroist Podcast – Episode 169 – Silent Running

  1. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Silent Running was one of those oddly magnificient afternoon TV movies that haunted me for years.
    Like you say in your podcast, Dern is quite an anti-hero and you don’t know if you should be rooting for him. But the intriguing, quite plausible concept of biological and fauna survival elevated this one past its sci-fi allure into something quite human and heroic.
    And so very touching.

    Yeah, I’m talking about the service robots.
    I still have the original Kenner Star Wars Power Droid on my bookshelf, as it always reminds me of its poignant Silent Running brethren.

    Its little body is tilted upward to the stars. Its pod feet firmly, safely, planted on solid ground as Earth spins, flora slowly rising and falling evermore.

    Yeah, good call on choosing this movie.

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