The Picturephone I
The Videophone in Culture
In science fiction, no self-respecting futuristic spaceman would be caught dead without real-time, two-way audio-visual communications. Notable fictional appearances of the videophone include Fritz Lang's 1927 silent film Metropolis (upper left); The Jetsons, first broadcast in 1962 (upper right); and in Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The Jetsons' videophone in particular resonated with viewers through the decades.