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THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL

USA, 1951 (MIFF 1995, Robert Wise Tribute)

Director: Robert Wise

A pivotal science fiction film, the themes explored in The Day The Earth Stood Still have been recurrent since Wise depicted visiting alien diplomat Michael Rennie and his mono­lithic robot sidekick, parking on the Whitehouse lawn. Cold War anticipation, anti-fascist senti­ments, the nuclear threat and man's capacity for self-destruction are explored both literally and allegorically.

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BLOOD ON THE MOON

USA, 1948
... ... Robert Wise was winding up his working rela­tionship with Howard Hughes' RKO studio by 1948 when he directed B!ood On The Moon, a film he considered his "first big feature." He took Luke … More »

THE HAUNTING

USA/UK, 1963
... ... After seating the ambitious heights of West Side Story (1961) and steering star vehicles like Two For The Seesaw (1962), Robert Wise's 1963 version of Shirley Jackson's novel The Haunting of … More »

THE SET UP

USA, 1949
Director Robert Wise's ninth feature in five years, after a lengthy apprenticeship in the editing department, The Set Up was also his last at RKO. ... The film started life as a poem by Joseph Mancur… More »

WEST SIDE STORY

USA, 1961
... ... "With West Side Story, suddenly i became a musical director." ... ... ... Robert Wise drew upon all his directorial resources in this leap to yet another genre, and with his collaborator, cho… More »

BORN TO KILL

USA, 1947
... ... Intensely cold, blood-curdling and emotionally spare, Born To Kill is knockout noir. A grim and at times complicated picture, it features a youth­ful Lawrence Tierney as a near-robotic pa… More »

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