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Series compiled by Dennis Bartok.
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<<< March 20 - 26, 2003 >>>

A Tribute to Robert Wise

From psychological horror to taut crime dramas to (his best-known incarnation) sweeping musicals, director Robert Wise has made his mark on nearly every film genre in sight. Because of this dexterity, it’s been harder to talk about Wise as a director than about brilliant individual films. A closer look, though, reveals a unique, deeply satisfying relationship between Wise’s highly polished surfaces and the stubborn, all-too-realistic subjects he’s tackled throughout his career.

Wise spent his early years at RKO Pictures, working as an editor on a succession of films, from THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME to (famously) CITIZEN KANE and THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS. Promoted to director halfway through production on THE CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE, Wise learned fast and furiously, combining elements of Val Lewton’s gothic romanticism with Welles’ density of characterization. Wise’s 1949 masterpiece THE SET-UP is a synthesis of all these and more: played out in real time, it traces the physical fall and spiritual emancipation of fighter Robert Ryan, making his grim last stand in the aptly-named Paradise City boxing ring.

In Wise’s best films, a beautiful control of craft collides with the lives of people who refuse to hand themselves over to fate. Susan Hayward in I WANT TO LIVE!, Steve McQueen in THE SAND PEBBLES, even the whole human population in THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL – each resists the frame-up (and expert frame-work) of their intended demise. The tension we feel in watching Wise’s films is often not between the audience and what’s on screen, but more complexly, with-in the screen itself, as Wise attempts to throw a ring around his defiant protagonists.

 

Thursday, March 20 – 7:00 PM

Restored 70 mm. Print!!

THE SOUND OF MUSIC, 1965, 20th Century Fox, 172 min. Dir. Robert Wise. For many, THE SOUND OF MUSIC is the 70mm. experience, from the silent, sweeping shots of the Austrian Alps, to Julie Andrews suddenly bursting into song like a force of nature. An Oscar-winner for Best Picture and Wise’s flawless direction, THE SOUND OF MUSIC is a reason, a virtual commandment to go see movies on the Big Screen. Co-starring Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Anna Lee, Marni Nixon and Angela Cartwright, with a wonderful script by Ernest Lehman. Discussion following with director Robert Wise (schedule permitting), Kym Karath, Heather Menzies and Debbie Turner, actor Duane Chase (schedule permitting).

 

Friday, March 21 – 7:00 PM

Actress Audrey Totter In Person!!

THE SET-UP, 1949, RKO (Warners), 72 min. Dir. Robert Wise. Trying to prove something to himself as well as his devoted wife (Audrey Totter) who wants him to quit the game, over-the-hill boxer Robert Ryan (in one of his finest roles) fights valiantly to win, not knowing that his sleazy manager has set him up to take a dive. Enormously influential and ahead of its time, THE SET-UP unspooled in ‘real time’ -- a masterpiece of composition and editing rhythms. With George Tobias. Discussion following with actress Audrey Totter (schedule permitting).

 

Friday, March 21 – 9:15 PM

Double Feature:

THE HAUNTING, 1963, MGM (Warners), 112 min. Dir. Robert Wise. "Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone…" Paranormal researcher Richard Johnson leads a team of clairvoyants (Julie Harris, Claire Bloom) to determine if the notorious, bad karma-filled Hill House is truly haunted. What he doesn’t bargain for is intensely neurotic Harris developing an unhealthy sensitivity to the mansion’s evil-charged atmosphere. Based on Shirley Jackson’s novel, THE HAUNTING is one of the all-time classics of the genre. In supernatural Cinemascope! With Russ Tamblyn.

ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW, 1959, MGM/UA, 96 min. Dir. Robert Wise. Bigoted ex-convict Robert Ryan’s mistrust of partner Harry Belafonte undermines the heist plans of their ex-cop leader Ed Begley, in this searing, underrated crime drama. With Shelley Winters, Gloria Grahame. Russ Tamblyn WILL appear for a discussion between films as was previously announced.

 

Saturday, March 22 – 5:00 PM

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, 1951, 20th Century Fox, 92 min. Dir. Robert Wise. Christ-like alien Michael Rennie arrives in Washington, D.C. with a one-eyed robot to curtail Earth’s weapons of mass destruction before they can jeopardize the universe. Patricia Neal turns in a memorable performance as one of the only human beings attempting to understand him. With Billy Gray, Hugh Marlowe. With special pre-screening (4 - 5 PM) Theramin (the instrument used to create the space sounds in the movie) demonstration by musician Ed Sussman! Discussion following with actor Billy Gray and actress Patricia Neal.

 

Saturday, March 22 – 7:45 PM

Double Feature:

STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, 1979, Paramount, 132 min. Director Robert Wise, ably assisted by Jerry Goldsmith’s stirring score and a special effects team that includes Douglas Trumbull, John Dykstra and Ramon Sanchez, delivers the first STAR TREK film as a 2001-style epic, and a profound meditation on man’s struggle to survive against the negative forces in the universe. With William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelley, Walter Koenig, George Takei, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, Persis Khambatta.

THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN, 1971, Universal, 131 min. Dir. Robert Wise. James Olson, Arthur Hill, David Wayne and Kate Reid are the core group of a scientific team attempting to turn the tide against a deadly alien virus that has returned on a U.S. satellite, in Wise’s all-too-timely, hackles-raising adaptation of the Michael Crichton thriller. Discussion in between films with actor George Takei and actress Majel Barrett (STAR TREK) and cinematographer Richard Kline.

 

Wednesday, March 26 – 7:15 PM

I WANT TO LIVE!, 1958, UA, 120 min. Director Robert Wise’s amazingly lucid indictment of capital punishment is fueled by Susan Hayward’s high octane, Oscar-winning performance as Barbara Graham. The final recreation of the gas chamber shows Wise’s precise realism at its most unnerving extreme. With Simon Oakland. Discussion following with actor Theodore Bikel and actress Virginia Vincent (schedule permitting).