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Berlin fest goes sci-fi

Retrospective to focus on the artificial

BERLIN — Artificial beings, “manic machines” and “controlled bodies” will be the subject of the Berlin Intl. Film Festival’s Retrospective 2000, it was announced Friday.

In the series, unspooling Feb. 9-20, rare silent films as well as contemporary productions covering the “romanticism of monsters” and the “melancholy of the artificial” featuring robots, androids and cyborgs will be explored.

“Artificial men and beings, puppets and automatons are recurring motifs throughout cultural history,” Moritz de Hadeln, the fest’s executive director, said. “Artificial men have appeared in films since the very beginning of the medium.”

The historical retrospective is conducted by the German Cinematheque.

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