25 February 2005

The World, the Flesh and the Devil

Just found a bootleg dvd of the 1959 film, "The World, the Flesh and the Devil" directed by Ranald MacDougall and starring Harry Belafonte. This is a "last man on earth" genre film and it seems this film was "inspired" by a story by M.P. Shiel called "The Purple Cloud." M.P. Shiel is interesting because he was the son of an Irish Methodist minister and formerly enslaved "Mulatta" from the Caribbean. From things I've been able to find thus far, he was never perceived as a person of mixed heritage and passed as a "white" man. Will get to the book soon and do a comparison of the two stories...