Mary Pickford Theater
Thursday, August 16th at 7:00 p.m.
THE WORLD, THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL (Sol C. Siegel Productions, Inc., Harbel Productions, Inc. / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp., 1959). Directed by Ranald MacDougall. Screenplay by Ranald MacDougall. Screen story by Ferdinand Reyher. Suggested by the novel The Purple Cloud by Matthew Phipps Shiel (London, 1901). With Harry Belafonte, Inger Stevens, Mel Ferrer. (95 min, black & white, 35mm).
Lobby card "The World, the Flesh and the Devil" (Sol C. Siegel Productions, Inc., Harbel Productions, Inc. / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp., 1959)
A black mining engineer in Pennsylvania emerges from being trapped in a coal mine for five days, only to discover that the world and its population have been destroyed by nuclear war. Venturing to New York City, he believes he is the sole survivor until he meets a white woman and then later, a white man. Filmed on location in Manhattan, the film attempts to “provide a profound view of race, gender, and post-apocalyptic survival”. Originally titled “The End of the World”, this film, in cooperation with Sol C. Siegel Productions, represents the first production of Harry Belafonte’s independent company Harbel Productions, Inc. Through the direction of Ranald MacDougall and the cinematography of Harold J. Marzorati, New York City emerges as the fourth character in the film, easily projecting devastation, decay, and isolation. Archival print from the Library’s Copyright Collection.
Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis. Doors open at 6:30 pm.