In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, only a few specimens have been preserved in enormous, greenhouse-like geodesic domes attached to a fleet of American Airlines space freighters, just outside the orbit of Saturn. Freeman Lowell, one of four crewmen aboard the Valley Forge station, is the resident botanist and ecologist who preserves the forests for their eventual return to Earth and the reforestation of the planet. Suddenly, the astronauts give orders to destroy the domes and return to Earth.
‘Silent Running’ is a 1972 movie directed by Douglas Trumbull, who had also worked as a special effects supervisor on some pretty great films including ‘2001: a space odyssey’, ‘Star Trek’, ‘Close encounters of the Third Kind’ or ‘Blade Runner’.
The credits already warn that, beyond science fiction and futurism, it is a delightful story about Nature. The film has continued to reap praise since its premiere, to highlight the made by Japanese filmmakers Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu, who said ‘it’s the best American film ever made’.