A Robot in Hollywood
March 5, 2017Posted by on
Having searched for an amusing take on robots from comic strips that I am familiar with I eventually opted for a film made over 60 years ago, The Forbidden Planet. I have seen the film and it has as much to do with Shakespeare as Freud. Robbie the robot was probably the most iconic character and star in the film which was loosely based on The Tempest and had Anne Francis playing a delightful Miranda, renamed and achieving cult status as Altaira. However, in 1956 it was the notion that Robbie the robot could instantly manufacture anything to order, clothes, machine parts, food and much more, which caught my imagination.