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Dr. Goldfoot demonstrates his bikini machine

by Critical Commons Manager

Golden bikini-clad female robots emerge from supercomputers like they were pizza ovens in the Roger Corman-produced cult exploitation movie Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine. In addition to endowing them with physical beauty and skimpy outfits, Dr. Goldfoot (Vincent Price) programs the women to be ideal companions for the world's wealthiest and most powerful men, transferring knowledge of their fields (music, art, medicine, politics, etc.) from computer tape drives directly to the brain via a halo of electrodes. But even these highly disciplined, indestructible robots can't resist bursting into spontaneous dance moves if the occasion arises. In the film's darker moments, the creepy but charismatic Goldfoot is shown torturing the women with prolonged electric shocks and dismemberment if they are unsuccessful in their mission. Although more readily dismissible as exploitation genre camp, Dr. Goldfoot is a direct ancestor to the overt misogyny-disguised-as-satire of The Stepford Wives a decade later.

Dr. Goldfoot demonstrates his Bikini Machine

Supercomputer kitsch provided by decommissioned Burroughs B205s provides the backdrop for Dr. Goldfoot's demo

from Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965)
Creator: Norman Taurog
Posted by Critical Commons Manager
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