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TV Movie Of The Week: The Day The Earth Stood Still

Tuesday 13 November 2012, 11:38

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My choice of the best film on television this week is Robert Wise's majestic science fiction story from 1951.

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    Comment number 1.

    Sadly, John Boorman didn't use dueling theremins on the Deliverance soundtrack. (now there's high concept, it's Deliverance meets The Day the Earth Stood Still, is John Hillcoat available?).

    Seriously, though, the sad continued relevance of the themes of The Day The Earth Stood Still, is the main reason that it remains timeless, just as George Pal's Time Machine and Forbidden Planet. Even though we're all in the future now, and have many gadgets much better than those of even Klaatu, the Krell, or the spinning disc people who fathered the Eloi, mankind is still paranoid, violent and self-destructive. As the monolith people would say, "Kids, eh?"

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    Comment number 2.

    I agree, this film is a classic and like all great science fiction films, its central message is one that will touch a nerve for generations to come. The Day The Earth Stood Still is still relevant because it addresses an issue of human nature; that of war and destruction.

    Also less said about the remake the better.

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    Comment number 3.

    My mum taped this for me on video when I was 10 and I almost wore out the copy! It's still in my top 10 films of all time.
    From start to finish it's gripping. Rod Serling must have been heavily influenced by this movie in his own Twilight Zone stories. Infact, it is like an elongated, classic TZone episode.
    The music is fantastic and the visual imagery still striking but most of all it has an unsettling atmosphere all the way through that is very rare in this genre of movie.
    It's timeless and sadly the message of the film will always be relevant while humans still occupy Earth.
    I saw 20 minutes of the remake and turned it off. Please don't apologise for criticising Keanu Reeves,ever.

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    Comment number 4.

    I love this film and blackmailed my Twiglet obsessed 10 year old daugther and my 13 year old son to watch this last time it was on TV. Despite preliminary grumblings of "oh no black and white and prehistoric" being shouted before the film began - within 5 minutes they were hooked and the imfamous "klaatu barada nicto" is now a family saying. Thanks for being evangelical about this film.

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    Comment number 5.

    To be honest, Im suprised to see you choose this mark. There's a lot of great rarely seen films on TV this week. Including Brassed Off, Don't Look Now, Weekend, The Killing (Early Stanley Kubrick Noir!), Tyrannosaur and Layer Cake. Still a good choice though, I'm looking forward to checking this out.


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