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Analog

A movie about people getting turned into robots.
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Gal's husband returns from a business trip and displays odd behavior. Being really good at math but not so great at picking out what pictures have school buses in them. "Bob, I'm going to the store, I notice I haven't bought you razor blades in months, do you need some?" "No, I'm good, thanks hon."

Hilarity or horror ensues.

I don't know if this has been done but I'm not about to do a web search because I don't care. I'll leave it up to anybody who might.

doctorremulac3, Dec 30 2020

Ridiculously Human Robot https://tvtropes.or...culouslyHumanRobots
[kdf, Dec 30 2020]

Humans https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BV8qFeZxZPE
[xenzag, Dec 30 2020]

Maria’s Dance https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=A0D4fHieW8o
[xenzag, Dec 30 2020]

Replicas https://en.wikipedi...iki/Replicas_(film)
Plot line is a bit irrational with two much scifi magic. [wjt, Jan 04 2021]

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       Man replaced by a robot, unknowingly to his wife, played for both humor and horror? Pretty specific, I'm sure that's never, ever been done. Well, not exactly...
kdf, Dec 30 2020
  

       "The Stepford Wives"?   

       An excellent concept in so many ways.
8th of 7, Dec 30 2020
  

       BBC series 'Humans'. These were more in the line with brain take overs to create a range of domestic servants. It was a totally excellent series. I'll post a clip if I can find.
xenzag, Dec 30 2020
  

       I've been wracking my brain this morning for the *earliest* example. Asimov's "Satisfaction Guaranteed" (1951) came to mind but that's different because everyone knew "Tony" was a robot - point of the story being to examine if a ridiculously human robot would be practical.   

       Is there anything earlier, and specifically with the "nobody knew he was a robot" detail? I'm thinking Silverberg or Sturgeon might have gone there, but not sure...
kdf, Dec 30 2020
  

       Fritz Lang's "Metropolis"
xenzag, Dec 30 2020
  

       Yes, that would have to be it. I know it by reputation but must confess I've never had the patience to sit through an entire viewing (shame on me). Thanks for the clips!
kdf, Dec 30 2020
  

       The most puzzling thing is why these stories often seem to portray the cybernetic enhancement or replacement of humans in such negative ways ...
8th of 7, Dec 30 2020
  

       Ok, here's the twist ending to my short story Analog. It's about 15 minutes.   

       The guy keeps seeing people turning into machines because his interaction with them gets more and more awkward, then one day he cuts himself shaving and some kind of blue fluid comes out for a second, then the cut instantly heals.
doctorremulac3, Dec 30 2020
  

       It's funny because the more positive the change is depicted the more literally dehumanizing it is.
Voice, Dec 30 2020
  

       Oops, forgot the twist ending. Then a ten ton weight falls on his head.
doctorremulac3, Dec 30 2020
  

       "...puzzling ... why these stories often seem to portray the cybernetic enhancement or replacement of humans in such negative ways ...
—8th of 7, Dec 30 2020
  

       "Often" simply because tension drives story. The earliest* robot story hinged on human near extinction at the hands of the robots - that set the original tone. Later ... although tension between people and robots drives many of Asimov's stories, his overall theme favored the robots. Susan Calvin considered them "a cleaner, better breed than we are."   

       The tension, in Asimov’s stories and others’, almost always arises from treating robots as slaves.   

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* Earliest, by definition: R.U.R. (Karel Capek, 1920), introduced the word robot - derived from rabata, a Slavic word meaning worker or servant.
kdf, Dec 30 2020
  

       OK, double twist ending:   

       As the credits roll, the camera pans up to see another ten ton weight coming down which lands on the "audience", then the screen goes black.
doctorremulac3, Dec 30 2020
  

       Then, as the audience is getting up to go demand their money back, the screen shows "Wanna see the part where the guy cuts himself shaving and realizes he's a robot again?".   

       Then it says "Well fuck you anyway!"   

       I don't believe a movie has ever said "Fuck you!" to the audience.   

       OK, I'm applying for an Academy Award. Is there a category for "Movies Not Actually Made"?   

       Better start working on my acceptance speech.
doctorremulac3, Dec 30 2020
  

       // I don't believe a movie has ever said "Fuck you!" to the audience. //   

       Mel Brooks has probably come fairly close now and again.
8th of 7, Dec 30 2020
  

       //I don't believe a movie has ever said "Fuck you!" to the audience//   

       See Peter Handke's play "Insulting the Audience" and, in fact, much of avant- garde theatre and cinema, since, say, Ibsen.
pertinax, Dec 30 2020
  

       Also, isn't the idea conceptually quite similar to Blade Runner, but without the noir ambience?
pertinax, Dec 30 2020
  

       Did the robot realize he was a robot then have a ten ton weight fall on his head?
doctorremulac3, Jan 02 2021
  

       Regarding the movie "Replicas" link.   

       Sounds like the box office bomb factor could have been remedied by adding my ten ton weight at the end plot twist.
doctorremulac3, Jan 04 2021
  

       Replicas just needed a wide view to show society and the level of technology commonly used to sanely background the advancements used in the script. And yes, I'm the real William Foster, ten ton weight twist would have been good.
wjt, Jan 05 2021
  
      
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