Old Hollywood
Cinema
1900-1979

Nostalgia is a seductive liar - George Wildman Ball
Brigitte Helm in Metropolis (1927, dir. Fritz  Lang)
On the creation of Robot Maria:
"The  concentric rings of light that surround her and move from top to bottom  were in fact a little ball of silver rapidly swung in a circle and  filmed on a background of black velvet. We superimposed those shots, in  the lab, over the shot of the robot in a sitting position that we had  filmed previously."
-Fritz Lang

Brigitte Helm in Metropolis (1927, dir. Fritz Lang)

On the creation of Robot Maria:

"The concentric rings of light that surround her and move from top to bottom were in fact a little ball of silver rapidly swung in a circle and filmed on a background of black velvet. We superimposed those shots, in the lab, over the shot of the robot in a sitting position that we had filmed previously."

-Fritz Lang

Pamela Devis & Jerry Verno in The Perfect Woman (1949, dir. Bernard Knowles)

Pamela Devis & Jerry Verno in The Perfect Woman (1949, dir. Bernard Knowles)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, dir. Stanley Kubrick)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, dir. Stanley Kubrick)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951, dir. Robert Wise) (via)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951, dir. Robert Wise) (via)

Gort escorts Patricia Neal to his space shuttle in The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951, dir. Robert Wise) (via)

Gort escorts Patricia Neal to his space shuttle in The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951, dir. Robert Wise) (via)

"On a microscopic piece of sand that floats through space is a fragment of a man’s life. Left to rust is the place he lived in and the machines he used. Without use, they will disintegrate from the wind and the sand and the years that act upon them. All of Mr. Corry’s machines - including the one made in his image, kept alive by love, but now obsolete - in the Twilight Zone."
-Rod Serling, “The Lonely”, The Twilight Zone (1959)
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"On a microscopic piece of sand that floats through space is a fragment of a man’s life. Left to rust is the place he lived in and the machines he used. Without use, they will disintegrate from the wind and the sand and the years that act upon them. All of Mr. Corry’s machines - including the one made in his image, kept alive by love, but now obsolete - in the Twilight Zone."

-Rod Serling, “The Lonely”, The Twilight Zone (1959)

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