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Odd List Ryan Lambie 6 Mar 2013 - 06:48

With Robot & Frank out this week in the UK, here’s a look at a few of cinema’s other great robot butlers...

It’s telling that the word ‘robot’ - coined by Josef Capek and first appearing in print in his brother Karel’s play Rossum’s Universal Robots in 1920 - is derived from the Czech word for ‘labour’. Stories of artificial people and automata have appeared in stories for centuries, and it’s often the case that these inhuman constructs are given tasks that their human masters wouldn’t want to do themselves. From the factory-produced workers of Capek’s Rur mentioned above to the eerily blank David in Prometheus, the notion of the robotic servant is a familiar one in science fiction.

It’s a theme touched on in this year’s Robot & Frank, a moving sci-fi drama about an »

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