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  1. What moves me about moving statuary? What are the best movies about statues that move? Next month, I'm doing a small presentation on the horror genre, and at some point, I'd like to steer the conversation toward one of my favorite motifs in le cinema fantastique: effigies that become animate. I suppose someone's already done a study in which they trace the through line from the myth of Pygmalion to E. Nesbit's "Man-Size in Marble" and Clark Ashton Smith's "The Disinterment of Venus" to Kelly Link's "Stone Animals." But for the purposes of this project, I'm mainly interested in film and television. The earliest example I can think of is The Magician (1926), which centers on a lurid dream sequence whereby a giant sculpture of Pan comes to life and starts carousing. Then there's Wegener's Golem trilogy, which draws its inspiration from the Jewish legend about a clay statue brought to life to protect a village in Prague. The preeminent example from my childhood is Talos, the skyscraper-sized automaton who awakens and terrorizes the crew of the Argos in Jason and the Argonauts (1963). Other, minor examples might include Dan Curtis's The Norliss Tapes (1973), a made-for-TV movie that climaxes with the statue of an ancient demon taking on flesh; a Night Gallery episode entitled "Last Rites for a Dead Druid"; and "Blink," an ingenious episode of Doctor Who that aired in 2007 and has since become a Halloween favorite. Are there any others? I'll consider expanding the query to include mannequins.
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