Robert Wise's original 1951 landmark sci-fi tale charts the arrival of aliens to planet earth, hoping to save humanity from itself.
The Day the Earth Stood Still was released in 1951 at the height of the cold war arms race and the public fear of nuclear extinction.
Enter the alien saviours Klaatu and giant robot Gort. This was a different narrative from previous movie depictions of robots. Gort aimed to save humanity by threatening our destruction.
Professor Noel Sharkey sets Gort in the context of the real robots leading up to the 1950s and the killer war robots being developed by superpowers right now. The movie remains relevant, both for the new robot arms race and the continued threat of nuclear destruction.
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Reserve tickets at this website2019-11-12 18:20 2019-11-12 18:20 Europe/London The Day the Earth Stood Still (U) + presentation by Professor Noel Sharkey A screening of the original film, with a talk about 1950 attitudes to robots. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2019/11/12/the-day-the-earth-stood-still-u-presentation-by-professor-noel-sharkey-209735 Barbican Centre,Silk Street, London, London,