A harbinger of our future

Entertainment and science have been strange bedfellows for over a century since the dawn of the silver screen. One of the earliest films ever made, the French Lumiere brothers’ silent short film The Mechanical Butcher (1895) showed an impressive machine that converted a live pig into various pork products. Today, the conveyor belt production system is part of our life; but no machine remotely close to what was depicted in the film was ever put to commercial use. On the other hand, in 1902, another French filmmaker Georges Méliès made a silent short film, A Trip to the Moon, utilising trick photography. Several decades after the film was made, human beings did land on the moon. One of the earliest American silent films was J Searle Dawley’s Frankenstein (1910). Many…

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