Just as factories have been the backbone of industrial development, jobs, and the rising standard of living, plants and factories have been widely depicted in film and television. Beginning with the classic factory gears in Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, plants have appeared throughout the history of film and TV, appearing as recently as 2012 in Les Miserables, where the main character, Jean Valjean, was a factory owner.
Unlike the factory art displayed in last week’s article, 15 Artistic Views of the Factory, movie factories have tended to be positive -- or at least exciting. Whether it’s a chocolate factory or an automated production facility for drones, factories in film are fantastic environments. While there is the occasional -- and notable -- derisive look at plants such as The China Syndrome, generally, filmmakers have had fun with factories.
Click on the image of the Droid Factory from Star Wars Episode II below to start the slideshow.
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, 2002
The Droid Factory is one of the highlights of Star Wars Episode II. The shots of the fully automated factory with thousands of droids in production are exquisite.