Mary Poppins Returns
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A bleak, violent and humorless but provocative survival post-apocalyptic sc-fi film.
Cornel Wilde's grim, fatalistic end-of-the-world thriller... is a forgotten dystopian classic of its time.
Relentlessly bleak and depressing despite its sunny locations, "No Blade of Grass" imagines a contemporary, apocalyptic world where a lethal grass virus has razed livestock populations and caused a global famine. Governments are collapsing everywhere, and violent anarchy is destroying the cities. One London family tries to escape to a countryside sanctuary, but multiple obstacles lie on the path. This film's many shocks include abundant shootings (even the sympathetic characters casually murder to save themselves), two rapes, distasteful animal carcasses, a surprisingly graphic childbirth and a horribly mawkish theme song (courtesy of easy-listening icon Roger Whittaker). Actor Cornel Wilde ("The Naked Prey") directs with a wobbly, unsubtle hand, lingering too long on peripheral images of devastation and inserting peculiar flashes of experimental foreshadowing. Nigel Davenport is the cast's only familiar face, but Lynne Frederick (later, Peter Sellers' widow) debuts as Davenport's virginal daughter.
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