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The Day the Earth Stood Still


Dir. Robert Wise. 1951, 92 mins. DCP. With Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe. Klaatu barada nikto! Atomic age anxiety was given eloquent expression in this prescient science-fiction classic in which an alien visitor to Earth makes an impassioned plea to the world’s leaders to stop nuclear proliferation and warfare—or face the ultimate consequence. With an otherworldly, theremin-heavy score by the great Bernard Herrmann and a still-resonant pacifist message, The Day the Earth Stood Still is a high-water mark of 1950s sci-fi.

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