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The Mechanical Man (1921)

L'uomo meccanico (original title)
The story begins with a scientist creating a device shaped like a man that can be remote-controlled by a machine.




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The story begins with a scientist creating a device shaped like a man that can be remote-controlled by a machine.

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November 1921 (Italy)  »

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The Mechanical Man  »

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For many years this early science fiction film from Italy was regarded as lost. Some reels of the Portuguese release version were discovered in Brazil. The discovered film amounted to 740 meters which is believed to be approximately 40% of the complete film. Luckily, the discovered footage came from the later part of the film and included some of the special effects and the battle of the two robots in the Opera House. By mid-2006, this is the only footage known to survive. See more »

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12 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Mechanical Man, The (1921)

** 1/2 (out of 4)


Seven hundred meters of this film are now lost but twenty minutes worth of footage of recently found so that's what this is. A scientist creates a mechanical man but thieves steal it and send it out to kill and destroy a city. The only way to stop the creature is by creating another mechanical man to destroy it. This Italian horror film seems to have had an influence on Fritz Lang's Metropolis, at least in the look of the robots. It's hard to really judge the film since so much of it is missing but they did a good job at taking the current length and adding enough background so that we know what's going on.

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