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Robots: Reel, Real and Reeeeal Bad!

30 August 2010 9:45 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Robots in our past and present, in film and real life.

What Is a robot? Everything from a real-life car assembly machine to a fictional artificial human being gets called a “robot.”

The Merriam-Webster Online site gives its main definition of the term this way: “A machine that looks like a human being and performs various complex acts (as walking or talking) of a human being, also: a similar but fictional machine whose lack of capacity for human emotions is often emphasized.”

That lack of humanity in a humanoid shell is what makes a great movie robot a great monster.

There were robots in films before the term “robot” was created. In fact, robots have been in films for as long as films have been a widely available entertainment.

Robots in film

Robots in film go back nearly as far as motion pictures themselves.  In 1907, Vitagraph released a short film »

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