So now I get it. It was another Brideshead, or Remains of the Day; ie a solid poke at the upper classes and how they have become decadent, out of touch, ineffectual and dangerous. All the deliberately chosen strands of racism, animal rights, anti-elitism and the coming of the middle-class businessman came together. Well, I suppose in 1959 the message was fresh. But I'm not sure it is now.. Or maybe Poliakof was directing his ire at the Brexit situation? Could a backward looking empirist view end up being as calamatous now as it almost did in his imagined world?