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In an unnamed English-speaking capitalist land, a young engineer invents inexhaustible giant robots to replace the fragile human workers on high-volume assembly-lines, and soon finds his invention co-opted by the military-industrial complex.Written by
Urban legend has defined this title as a filmed version of Karel Capek's play R.U.R., apparently on the strength of stills which show the film's robots bearing the logo, RUR. In fact, no screen credit is given Capek or his play, and the plot resembles the play only in the general sense that both concern robots replacing human workers. This film, however, portrays this as a disastrous and villainous idea, in stark contrast to Capek's Utopian view of robotics. In addition, its robots are emotionless and mindless machines, rather than the emotional and rational androids of the Czech play. See more »
Rather than rehash the detailed plot summary found in another IMDb review, let me just say, this is a beautifully photographed, fascinating piece of history. Highly recommended for robot aficionados, fans of unique historical science fiction and/or fans of nifty scifi set-pieces, props, and related special effects, those interested in propaganda film... As you can see, this movie could appeal to almost any serious fan of cinema. I've never seen anything quite like it. I don't really understand the 5 and 6 star reviews; it's far more worthy than that.
Note that as of January 2019 quite a good print of this film is available on DVD from Video Dimensions. Try Amazon.
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