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How Will it End?

What would a post-apocalyptic world look like? Check out one of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic movie titles to find out.

Brazil
In an Orwellian vision of the future, the populace are completely controlled by the state, but technology remains almost as it was in the 1970's. Sam Lowry is a civil servant who one day spots a mistake in one of the pieces of paperwork passing through his office. The mistake leads to the arrest of an entirely innocent man, and although Lowry attempts to correct the error, it just gets bigger and bigger, sucking him in with it.
 
Delicatessen
Set in the indeterminate future, a landlord who happens to be a butcher starts slaughtering humans to feed his starving tenants, a practice which outrages a guerrilla group living in the sewers beneath the city streets.
 
Escape from New York
In a world ravaged by crime, the entire island of Manhattan has been converted into a prison which houses the world's most brutal inmates. When the President of the United States crash lands inside, notorious fugitive Snake Plissken is given 24 hours to find him, or an explosive device implanted in his neck will end his mission-- and his life.
 
La Jetée
An unnamed man experiments with time travel, in hopes of finding a solution to the problems of his post-apocalyptic home era. Narrated almost entirely using black-and-white still photographs.
 
Logan's Run
All cares and pleasures are provided for in this futuristic domed city, but no one lives past their 30th birthday. Each citizen has a "life clock" implanted in their hand that flashes red on "Last Day," when they are to partake in the elaborate Carousel ceremony. However, some do not submit to the ceremony but instead run for their lives.
 
The Omega Man
Biological warfare has devastated all life on Earth and created a plague that has killed most of the world's population, or turned them into light-sensitive mutants that roam the streets at night. Robert Neville (Charlton Heston) patrols the deserted streets of Los Angles by day looking for food and supplies, returning to his barricaded apartment at night before the night stalkers emerge into the streets.
 
On the Beach
After nuclear war ravages the planet only the population of Australia and a solitary American submarine remain. Having avoided the full impact of the nuclear strikes and fallout radiation, the population begins to come to grips with the reality of the horror that has occurred.
 
Planet of the Apes (1968)
When a spaceship crash lands on an Earth-like planet the 3 astronauts that survive begin to explore the strange but familiar world around them, discovering that the planet is inhabited and ruled by intelligent apes. Their first encounter with the apes does not go as planned and they soon learn that there may be no escape.