2019: After the Fall of New York

Apocalyptic bandits prepare for battle.2019: After the fall of New York is another entry into the Italopocalypse genre that ruled the Sci-Fi isles during the video cassette era.  The film stars Michael Sopkiw as Kurt Russell and generally follows the same blend of Mad Max meets Escape from New York formula that most of these films did with one exception: screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi  managed to inject a unique premise into the film.  That and one of the greatest clown robots in the history of clown robots.

This is the plot of 2019: After the Fall of New York:

In 2019, worldwide female infertility has led to the collapse of society. The Europe/Africa/Asia alliance, the last known stable nation, is deluged by asylum seekers. In response it has become a militarized police state as forces round up and murder the population.

And now this is the plot of Children of Men:

In 2027, worldwide female infertility has led to the collapse of society. The United Kingdom, the last known stable nation, is deluged by asylum seekers. In response it has become a militarized police state as British forces round up and detain immigrants.

And now, a key meeting from 2019: After the Fall of New York:

Picasso's Guernica as featured in 2019: After the Fall of New YorkAnd one from Children of Men.

Picasso's Guernica as featured in Children of MenNow, I’m not accusing anyone of anything, but the six screenwriters that adapted P.D. James’s 1992 novel might have been inspired by one of the more original premises to come out of a well worn genre.  I wasn’t able to track down much about the screenplay except that it was nominated for an Academy Award, so I’ll just have to chalk it up to one of the most incredible coincidences in cinema history.

In addition to the storyline, 2019 also features demolition derby, punk rockers, flame throwers, laser crossbows, the ubiquitous Hal Yamanouchi, the incomparable George Eastman and the most beautiful woman to ever eat rats on film.  As far as the genre goes, 2019 is one of the standout offerings despite a bit of lag in the middle, and features better acting than you would expect.  It’s too bad Oscar didn’t take notice.

In consolation I would like to say, here’s to you Ernesto Gastaldi, you should have been nominated for the Academy Award back in 1983, but I guess you were just edged out by the riveting storycraft of Diner or Tootsie.  Still we here at Costume Box Theater would like to offer you this sad synthesized trombone solo as our appreciation for your work.  Enjoy, you earned it.

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