The Mechanical Bride Documentary Explores Technosexual Desire

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Director Allison de Fren’s indie documentary The Mechanical Bride smartly dissects male desire and sexy fembots of the past, present and future.

New documentary The Mechanical Bride is a moving, weirdly human exploration of artificial companionship. It’s also an academic dissection of the male gaze and pop culture’s sexbots, from Metropolis and Battlestar Galactica to actual robotic love objects.

The title of the documentary is borrowed from Marshall McLuhan’s 1951 book The Mechanical Bride: Folklore of Industrial Man, which studied “the cultural interfusion of sex and technology in the advertising strategies of his day,” director Allison de Fren told Wired in an e-mail interview. “What would he say about our nostalgic fixation with Mad Men? McLuhan would have a field day with the mechanical brides of our time.”

The Mechanical Bride, which screens Sunday at Canada’s international documentary festival Hot Docs, takes a long look at artificial creations like the RealDoll, a posable sex doll with silicone skin, as well as the technosexuals who love them. (Check out Wired’s array of artificial companions in the gallery above and see exclusive clips from The Mechanical Bride below.)

The HotDocs schedule of screenings can be found here:

The Mechanical Bride

Love and Sex With Robots predicts that within only a half-century, sexual intimacy between humans and their robot companions will be so commonplace that society will need to address the issues around robot prostitution.”

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