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

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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 33. Posted by biosanjaya

    on 20 Nov 2012 13:56

    All this user's posts have been removed. Why?

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  • Comment number 32. Posted by London_Imp

    on 16 Nov 2012 12:39

    Had wanted to rent it after watching this blog and thought my local decent dvd store would have it. After waiting 30 minutes for the guy in charge to return (yeah, Back in 5 Minutes my foot!) I found to my horror that they only had the 2008 remake with Keanu. Aargh.

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  • Comment number 31. Posted by PBuggy

    on 15 Nov 2012 10:35

    My favourite bit is where the two doctors discuss Klaatu's physical state before sparking up and heading into the examination room.

    Aaah, the '50s...

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  • Comment number 30. Posted by waerdnotte

    on 14 Nov 2012 20:01

    An excellent film, and definitely a masterpiece compared to its contemporaries. Robert Wise is a woefully under-rated director. Although he could be considered a jobbing director, rather than one of the 20th century's great auteurs, Wise gave us some of the classics of American cinema. Between 1958 and 1971 he gave us I Want To Live, Odds Against Tomorrow, West Side Story, The Haunting, The Sound of Music and, for me, one of the greatest Sci-Fi movies, The Andromeda Strain.

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  • Comment number 29. Posted by Whitchfinder

    on 14 Nov 2012 19:31

    It's a film that makes me squeal 'hooray!' and clap like a child promised a puppy. And it isn't dated, in my opinion. It's highly stylized and I would say very influential. Unfortunately, that influence extends to George Lucas (the sci-fi-noir graphic style permeates everything 'Lucas', from Indiana Jones to Grim Fandango). And now he's ruined it for everyone.

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  • Comment number 28. Posted by Danny Dyers Oscar Speech

    on 14 Nov 2012 17:02

    Don't be silly, Mark, TDTESS is as much a masterpiece as anything made by Lucio Fulci is! Though its tame script may have something to say about the human race, it's just another chirpy-chirpy-cheap-cheap '50s ham & cheese fest for me, along with a hundred other dodgy sci-fi movies of said decade.

    For a film to be a "masterpiece", it has to be complete in all departments and sadly this is far from that. The performances are of the usual 1950s sliced ham variety and the production values and sfx rise only so far above an Ed Wood production, making it pretty much standard fair and definitely not in the same league as the best 1950s sci-fi movie - The Incredible Shrinking Man.

    Having said that, you're perfectly entitled to your opinion, of which many are available.

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by Nick Shakabuku

    on 14 Nov 2012 14:58

    Awww this is just a wonderful film. I love all 50s sci-fi, but this along with Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Forbidden Planet and The Thing From Another Planet are the best of the lot for me

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  • Comment number 26. Posted by madgirlipswich

    on 14 Nov 2012 14:57

    Vincent Kane - totally agree, for a message of peace its pretty warlike.

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  • Comment number 25. Posted by Heather Martin

    on 14 Nov 2012 14:27

    My Dad was a huge sci-fi fan (both books and films). So I was introduced to this film at a very early age (probably in the 1960s) via the TV. It still remains a huge favourite of mine. Our lads were introduced to it at an early age too -so we're keeping the tradition going. Maybe it's time to get the DVD out for our granddaughter as she'll be at school when it's shown tomorrow. It also means we won't be annoyed by any adverts interrupting our viewing pleasure.
    I accidentally caught a few minutes of the remake the other night, I couldn't be bothered catching the rest and will avoid for the rest of my life.

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  • Comment number 24. Posted by information1st

    on 14 Nov 2012 09:58

    I've been interested in watching this for a while, so here's an opportunity. One thing about these films is alien/robot/monster + white woman draped in their arms... seems a big theme in these old-fashioned movies, perhaps it reflects the fact that: Mars Needs Women. lol.

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