Japan, Nagoya, Nagoya Robot Museum. March/09/2007...Maria the Robot in Metropolis. The science fiction film Metropolis, the 1927 masterpiece of German director Fritz Lang, portrays the struggle between capitalists and the working class in a city of the future. What truly struck viewers, however, was not the rather laboriously told political saga. Rather, it was the robot version ?ÄúMaria?Äù created to impersonate the beautiful real flesh and blood Maria in the quest to appeal for a compromise to the social crisis. The sight of the metallic beauty, which appears in only one scene involving the duplication of the real Maria into a picture-perfect copy, marked the origin of science fiction aesthetics that can be traced all the way to the Star Wars series and beyond.
- Owen Murray © 2007/www.ommphoto.ca
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