31 August 2010

• Coleen

• Young actress Coleen Gray - circa 1947

30 August 2010

• 1953

• U.S. Camera 1953

29 August 2010

• lines

• Photo Fernand Fonssagrives

28 August 2010

• lines

• Pavel Tchelitchew -1950

25 August 2010

• tinybot

• Images gallery of minirobot sculptures by Brian Marshall

24 August 2010

• Metropolis

Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist film in the science-fiction genre directed by Fritz Lang. Produced in Germany during a stable period of the Weimar Republic, Metropolis is set in a futuristic urban dystopia and makes use of this context to explore a political theme of the day: the social crisis between workers and owners in capitalism. The film was produced in the Babelsberg Studios by Universum Film A.G. (UFA). The most expensive silent film ever made, it cost approximately 5 million Reichsmark.

The Maschinenmensch, the robot character played by Brigitte Helm, was created by Walter Schulze-Mittendorff. A chance discovery of a sample of "plastic wood" (a pliable substance designed as wood-filler) allowed him to sculpt the costume like a suit of armour over a plaster cast of the actress. Spraypainted a mix of silver and bronze, it helped create some of the most memorable moments on film.

Helm suffered greatly during the filming of these scenes wearing this rigid and uncomfortable costume, which cut and bruised her, but Fritz Lang insisted on her playing the part, even if nobody would know it was her.

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23 August 2010

• robby robot

Il Pianeta Proibito ( Forbidden Planet ) e' un film del 1956 , trasposizione in chiave fantascientifica de "La tempesta" di Shakespeare, molto apprezzata sia dagli estimatori del drammaturgo inglese, che dagli appassionati di fantascienza. Altair 4 era il nome del "pianeta proibito" del titolo mentre Altaira e' il nome della protagonista femminile interpretata da Anne Francis . Memorabile soprattutto l'automa Robby, che e' il robot "per antonomasia" del cinema anche grazie al suo nome ...
Note: Helen Rose , che ideo' i miniabiti per l'attrice Anne Francis , e' accreditata da molti come inventrice della minigonna che segno' la moda dei successivi anni 60 .

22 August 2010

• laws

• The Three Laws of Robotics ( Isaac Asimov 1940-1950 )
  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

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21 August 2010

• robot-a

• Photos by Helmut Newton in Hajime Sorayama style

20 August 2010

• burlesque

Helen Harriet Beck aka Sally Rand ( April 3, 1904 – August 31, 1979 ) was a burlesque dancer and actress, most noted for her ostrich feather fan and balloon bubble dances. Sally Rand also performed under the name Billie Beck.

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12 August 2010

• horror blog

Interesting blog about horror/sci-fi movies ...

• monstermoviemusic.blogspot.com

10 August 2010

• summertime

• summertime

• Photo Philippe Halsman - 1940s