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Man, Machines, Movies

Updated: Nov 21, 2021

Titane (2021)

Movies that examine the relationship between man and machine go back to the sixties. When Stanley Kubrick released his magnum opus 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), robots entered the collective consciousness and have remained there until today. His HAL can be seen in TARS in Interstellar (2014) as well as in the unforgettable Ash from Alien (1979).

Later, depictions of machines shifted to a more human-like form. Since Maria turned heads in Metropolis (1972), filmmakers have explored a myriad of ways to depict the interaction between mankind and machines. From fembots and Stepford Wives (2004) to replicants and Transformers (2007), storytellers have continually integrated machines in their cinematic tales to address issues of identity and technology.

Thus we arrive at Julia Ducournau’s Palme d’Or winner Titane (2021). The film has garnered critical acclaim, generated discourse about gender identity, and made it as the official submission to represent France at the upcoming Oscars.