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World, The Flesh and The Devil, The (1959)

Nuclear doomsday has come. Ralph is sure he is the last person alive. Then a woman appears and the two form a cautious friendship that’s threatened when a third survivor arrives.



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Genre:   Cult
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Director:   Ranald Macdougall
Cast:   Harry Belafonte, Mel Ferrer, Inger Stevens
Theatrical Release Date:   05/20/1959
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World, The Flesh and The Devil, The (1959)
 
4.3

(based on 12 reviews)

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  • Emotionally engaging (10)
  • Engaging characters (10)
  • Original story (9)
  • Talented cast (9)
  • Great cinematography (8)

Cons

  • Limited appeal (4)

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  • At home (10)
  • Adult viewers (8)
  • Perfect gift (3)
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Begins well, then bogs down

Most of the films in this genre tend to suffer from the same problem: strong beginning, weak ending. "The last man on earth" is always a compelling concept...but eventu...Read complete review

Most of the films in this genre tend to suffer from the same problem: strong beginning, weak ending. "The last man on earth" is always a compelling concept...but eventually, you have to come up with some kind of a story. This time, writer-director MacDougall tosses in the issue of race, but then paints himself into a corner from which the Production Code of 1959 would not allow him to convincingly escape. The first part of the film brilliantly gives us the sights and sounds of an empty New York City in stark B&W and CinemaScope, with the wide image enhancing the sense of isolation. But once the other two people show up, the story turns into a love triangle that reaches hysterical proportions. And worse, the sudden and unmotivated ending gives only the slightest hint at what would really happen in such a situation.

Before Belafonte turned to singing and activism, he had wanted to be a serious actor. Although he never made a lot of movies, this one shows that he had the skills. For the first half of the film, he gives an excellent solo performance. Stevens and Ferrer give decent performances, but Belafonte steals the show.

This is an excellent remastered edition, with a crisp image and clear audio---a big improvement over the previous laserdisc edition.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Mono soundtrack needs corrected stereo

Sadly, the remastered print I received did not contain the original stereophonic soundtrack, so this pressing is probably going to need a recall. The quality of the monochrome scope picture is very good, ...Read complete review

Sadly, the remastered print I received did not contain the original stereophonic soundtrack, so this pressing is probably going to need a recall. The quality of the monochrome scope picture is very good, but not getting the directional soundtrack is a major disappointment, especially because Miklos Rozsa contributed a compelling music score. The MGM laserdisc and TCM presentations contain the original 4-track sound matrixed for stereo.
As a doomsday New York story, this works surprisingly well, although it is completely devoid of the sexual tension necessary to really carry off the menage-a-trois melodrama.

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5.0

Awesome presentation

By Jancie

from Mid-Missouri

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Pros

  • Emotionally Engaging
  • Engaging Characters
  • Talented Cast

Cons

  • Limited Appeal

Best Uses

  • At Home

Comments about World, The Flesh and The Devil, The (1959):

This dvd was clear and a pleasure to see once again. I saw this many years ago and had lost track of it. I was absolutely excited to find it again and was not disappointed.

 
4.0

Racial Tension In Post-Apocalyptic NY

By Nick at Nite

from San Mateo, CA

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Pros

  • Emotionally Engaging
  • Engaging Characters
  • Great Cinematography
  • Original Story
  • Talented Cast

Cons

  • Limited Appeal

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Comments about World, The Flesh and The Devil, The (1959):

Inter-racial relationships would not be explored until the Sixties with such films as "A Patch of Blue", but this film was among the first to address the issue. Talentd Harry Belafonte is simply wonderful in the role of a man struggling with being among three sole survivors in a deserted New York City and the sudden flood of emotion Inger Steven's has begun to feel for him. Enter the ugly face of racial bigotry in the form of Mel Ferrer, add the green-eyed monster of jealousy and you have high drama in "The World, the Flesh and the Devil". Recommend this film to a class on Civil Rights.

 
4.0

Excellent Find

By Paul

from Fargo, ND

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Pros

  • Emotionally Engaging
  • Engaging Characters
  • Great Cinematography
  • Original Story
  • Talented Cast

Cons

  • Limited Appeal

Best Uses

  • Adult Viewers
  • At Home

Comments about World, The Flesh and The Devil, The (1959):

This is an excellent film about the end of the world. The story wanders a bit in the second act, but otherwise it's solid throughout. Great performances by all three actors and wonderful shots of a deserted New York City make it a great little movie. A welcome addition to any apocalyptic film buffs catalog.

 
4.0

Excellent 50's End of the World Drama

By terry

from rushville, in

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  • Broad Appeal
  • Emotionally Engaging
  • Engaging Characters
  • Original Story
  • Talented Cast

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    Comments about World, The Flesh and The Devil, The (1959):

    Certainly captures the atomic fears at the time (1950's). Also delves into the racial issues (white girl, white guy and black guy) - certainly a touchy subject at the time movie was made. Could have been better - no bodies? Pretty clean and neat end of the world - especially as it took place in NYC.

     
    4.0

    Good movie, beautiful transfer

    By Pumpkinhead

    from Sherman Oaks, CA

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    Pros

    • Broad Appeal
    • Emotionally Engaging
    • Engaging Characters
    • Great Cinematography
    • Original Story
    • Talented Cast

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      Comments about World, The Flesh and The Devil, The (1959):

      In the tradition of I AM LEGEND (and beating all adaptations of Richard Matheson's seminal novel to the screen), THE WORLD, THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL is a fine, well-photographed doomsday drama. It also has something in common with Arch Obler's FIVE (early '50s), even down to the racial theme. Stimulating Miklos Rosza score (the same year he composed BEN-HUR), great location photography and a solid MGM production.

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      5.0

      Contains original stereo soundtrack

      By Presto

      from London

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      Pros

      • Emotionally Engaging
      • Great Cinematography
      • Original Story

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          Comments about World, The Flesh and The Devil, The (1959):

          I just want to point out that this DVD does contain the original stereo surround soundtrack. The Vid (above) is incorrect in saying that it is only has a mono soundtrack.

           
          4.0

          Intriguing Drama.

          By 313Guardsman

          from Chicago, Il

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          Pros

          • Emotionally Engaging
          • Engaging Characters
          • Original Story
          • Talented Cast

          Cons

          • Limited Appeal

          Best Uses

          • Adult Viewers
          • At Home
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          • Travel

          Comments about World, The Flesh and The Devil, The (1959):

          Intriguing look into interpersonal relationships. A little outdated in its permise, but still as powerful when viewed today. Should appeal to a much broader audience but because of its underlined tones it seems it have limited appeal. Belafonte, Stevens, and Ferrer pull off some great preformances and this movie will be viewed again and again.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Film of its Kind

          By Vincent Risoli/black farmer

          from Atlantic Highlands, NJ

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          Pros

          • Emotionally Engaging
          • Engaging Characters
          • Great Cinematography
          • Original Story
          • Talented Cast

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            Best Uses

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            Comments about World, The Flesh and The Devil, The (1959):

            "The World, the Flesh and the Devil" (1959) is the best film ever about the post apocalyptic world. Recently there have been other films to speculate how the world will be then and they have little imagination along with their big budgets that make this film a towering achievement. Harry Belafonte, who really should have been used more as he is the charismatic actor who starred in Otto Preminger's "Carmen Jones" and few others. A world with his Ralph Burton is a world worth saving as Ralph goes around saving books and art and restores the world almost single-handedly. Enter Inger Stevens, another survivor and then another, another man played by Mel Ferrer who brings along his human values of prejudice and jealousy among other less honorable emotions. Writer/director Ranald MacDougall has provided glimpses of New York without life and used an extraordinary imagination to bring life back in an engaging way. Thank you Warner Archive for bringing it back. It deserves a new audience.

             
            5.0

            powerful movie, one of the best!

            By hemihead

            from the bronx, n.y.

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            Pros

            • Broad Appeal
            • Emotionally Engaging
            • Engaging Characters
            • Great Cinematography
            • Original Story
            • Talented Cast

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Adult Viewers
              • At Home
              • In The Car
              • Perfect Gift
              • Special Needs
              • Travel
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              Comments about World, The Flesh and The Devil, The (1959):

              should not be missed, a must for any cinephile!

               
              4.0

              Hoochi Mama

              By Malachi8

              from New York, New York

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              • Emotionally Engaging
              • Engaging Characters
              • Great Cinematography
              • Original Story
              • Talented Cast

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                Comments about World, The Flesh and The Devil, The (1959):

                Excellent classic! Focus is a little soft, but the content is intelligent, engaging, and memorable.

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