StevenSpielberg's career as a director has been one of almostprofligatevariety: frommechanicalsharks to the
Normandyinvasion, fromIndianaJones to the Warsawghetto, not to mention the slaveships, the angrydinosaurs and the
secondworstPearlHarbormovieevermade. But every so often he comesback to the figure of a lonely boy facing the
incomprehension and cruelty of the adultworld.
In the sentimentalfilmArtificialIntelligence: AI (2001) based on a futuristictale, the centralcharacter is an 11 year-old
highlyadvancedrobotic boy namedDavid. Monica is the woman who adopted him as a substitute for her real son, who remains
in cryo-stasis, stricken by an incurabledisease. David is livinghappilywithMonica and her husband, but whentheirreal son
returnshomeafter a cure is discovered, his lifechangesdramatically, but Davidstillholds his never-endinglove for his
"mother." Two thousandyearslater, Davidrequests to recreateMonica out of her DNA, although she couldlive for one day
The centralplot of thisstory is the experience of David who is to be abandoned and betrayed by his parents who adopted
him. Spielbergasks us to identifywith a young boy, who exiledfrom the onlyhome he knows and forced to find his way in a
strange and unsympatheticworld. Spielberg’s fantasyabouthumanreplicaprobesinto the inconsistentnature of humanbeings.
Thismovietells you how to feel, especiallywhen we see David, who has a similaryearninglikePinocchio’s, set out to find the
bluefairy who willtransform him into a real boy.
Movies are not real, but few moviemakershavebeen as adept at findingoriginalways to counterfeithumanemotion as
Spielberg. But hereSpielbergconfronts a crucial and difficultquestion: Do the virtualselves we projectinto the world, on
screen and elsewhere, bring us closer to knowing who we are, or do theydistract us from our search for thatknowledge, what
we are and what we willbecome?
【題組】52. Spielbergwants to probeintoseveralthemes and motifs, including _________ .
(A) the nature of humanbeings (B) how scientistsshouldwork on experiments (C) why robots can be adopted by humans (D) how people can findbluefairies (E) how to curecryo-stasis
(B)血行停滯，紅血球斷裂（stasis of the bloodcolumn, withsegmentation of the red cells）
(D)腦組織壞死（necrosis of braintissue）