Friday, March 9, 2007

Cuir: To elaborate on Suzanne's comment on the scientist in film

From: Raphael Cuir
Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2007 15:20:33 -0800

Hi everybody,
It is striking to notice that the scientist is killed, or murdered in movies such as Metropolis (1927), Blade Runner (1982), Terminator 2 (1991) orI-Robot (2004). In Metropolis, the scientist Rotwang, is pictured as a kind of mad alchemist whose laboratory looks like a strange gothic house in the midst of the futuristic metropolis. His character is as dark as his project is supposed to be : creating life artificially. Alchemists attempting to create the homunculus have long been purchased by Church as they were seen as usurping God's power to create life. I wonder if this religious "blasphemy" is not still behind the picture? And both Metropolis and the Terminator series revolve around the theme of the saviour no need to say he is never the scientist

Raphael Cuir

Image : Fritz Lang, Metropolis, 1927. Rotwang creating the "Machine-Man" in the likeness of Maria (note that the Machine-Man is obviously a woman!).

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