Disco Inferno: 1970s Dystopia

Every Mon., Tue., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Jan. 1-31
Time Varies
Festivals, Film

This month, Trylon microcinema is presenting a nine-film science-fiction retrospective, Disco Inferno: 1970s Dystopia. Westworld (1973) opens the series with an Old West theme park where roleplaying androids offer amusing diversions until a programming glitch brings out the robots’ malevolent side. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, A Clockwork Orange (1971) concerns a murderous hooligan “reformed” with a very special treatment prescribed by a free-will-crushing government. In The Omega Man (1971), Charlton Heston endures as the lone survivor of an apocalyptic event that transformed the rest of society into nocturnal creatures. Conformity rules in THX 11138 (1971), George Lucas’ story of a society medicated into subservience, while Death Race 2000 (1975) imagines a road race wherein points are earned via vehicular homicide. Humans are replaced by emotionless alien imposters in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978). Logan’s Run (1976) assures an idealized social order by dispatching citizens upon their 30th birthday, whereas Rollerball (1975) keeps the masses placated with the ultra-violent title sport. Lightening these dark premonitions with some irreverent humor, the series concludes with Sleeper (1973), Woody Allen’s sci-fi parody following an everyman who is forced into cryogenic stasis only to be awakened 200 years later by revolutionaries intent on toppling the government. Showtimes vary, so check online at for a complete schedule.