Retour vers la matrice : le Westworld (Mondwest) de Michael Crichton (1973)

Abstract : This paper focuses on Michael Crichton’s Westworld (1973), which is the starting point of the HBO series Westworld (2016-). The film needs to be considered against the backdrop of the US counter- culture of the 1970s. As a product of the new Hollywood era, it plays unashamedly on different film genres, primarily science-fiction and Western, but also the horror film and the thriller. The presence of Yul Brynner acting as a robot gunslinger villain adds to the ironical stance of the film, which debunks Western masculinity and the consumer society, together with (already!) a critique of the intermingling of the real and the simulacrum. Although the series uses the main narrative line of Crichton’s film – an amusement park in which very real-looking robots rebel – it does not follow the film’s distanced point of view and its campy dimension, as it focuses on the androids and puts forward other philosophical and technological issues.
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Gaïd Girard. Retour vers la matrice : le Westworld (Mondwest) de Michael Crichton (1973). TV/Series, GRIC - Groupe de recherche Identités et Cultures, 2018, Posthumains en séries, 14. ⟨hal-02306780⟩

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