R.U.R. was written in 1919 as a sci-fi theatrical play in Czech by Karel Capek. R.U.R. stands for “Rossum’s Universal Robots”. The play has the Roboti as artificial people made out of synthetic organic matter. The play was a thought leader in what came to become known as “robot” although by today’s standards the Roboti would be considered something betwen cyborg or clone.
R. U. R. is still available at Amazon.
In R.U.R. Genesis the writer-director James Kerwin helps us imagine what the retro-future might have looked like. R.U.R. was set 50 years in the future – so that gives us a “future” of 1969.
R.U.R. Genesis certainly isn’t the only movie inspired by R.U.R. as you can see the plays’ influences in everything from Metropolis to Blade Runner.
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