Cyborgs In Cinema: From ‘Metropolis’ To ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

Cyborgs: Humans of the next century? How Alita: Battle Angel breathes life into robotics

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Alita: Battle Angel pushes the limits of of cybernetic depiction in film. 20 years in the making, the film depicts a human-like character with a cyborg body, with Rosa Salazar taking on the role of Alita entirely through motion capture. Here are some films featuring cyborgs that have hugely impacted popular culture and the science fiction genre.

Metropolis – 1927

Considered one of the first science-fiction films, Metropolis is a German silent film from 1927. Set in a stylised urban dystopia that exists above a bleak populated underworld, the film follows Freder (Gustav Fröhlich), the wealthy son of a city master, who becomes intent on helping the workers. He befriends Maria (Brigitte Helm) and together they attempt to unite the workers to overcome the class separation. The cyborg featured in Metropolis, called maschinenmensch takes the form of Maria,
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