THE COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK
Italian title: IL COLOSSO DI NEW YORK
Production: 1958 - USA, Paramount, b/w, 70 min.
Director: Eugene Louriť
Screenwriter: Thelma Schnee from a novel by Willis Goldbeck
Special effects: John P. Fulton
Makeup: Wally Westmore
Music: Van Cleave
Cast: John Baragrey, Mala Powes, Otto Kruger, Robert Hutton, Ross Martin, Ed Wolff, Charles Herbert
Desperate at the death of his only son Jeremy (Ross Martin), world famous scientist Dr. William Spensser (Otto Kruger) decides to transplant his son's brain, so that he can continue living, into the "skull" of a gigantic robot. An incredible operation takes place. The brain begins to react, remember, think and work, but when it realizes its new body, it goes crazy and triggers a destructive fury. Dr. Spensser's grandson (Charles Herbert) finally takes steps to calm the destructive being (portrayed by Ed Wolff).
The centerpiece of the film is the single giant robot typified by the sylized, icy, automatons of German Expressionism (Metropolis, 1927 [Dir. Fritz Lang]). Statuesque physique, and eyes that give off death rays and cape, make of the robot - first the home to a brilliant brain, then to a blind destructive machine - a protagonist reminiscent of change toward other directions, reaching to the Curt Siodmak's novel, "Donovan's Brain" (1953) and to the myth of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" (1931).
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English version by Vince Mattaliano
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