Program Notes

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Program Notes: Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

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Prior to 1989’s Crimes and Misdemeanors, Woody Allen tended to be either hilarious or dour, but neither at the same time. But he achieved a precarious, breathtaking balance in Crimes...

Program Notes: The Andromeda Strain (1971)

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Hollywood has a long history of movies about aliens who come to Earth bent on conquest. But how do you fight an alien germ? That’s the question posed by The Andromeda Strain, Robert Wise’s nail-biter adaptation of a Michael Crichton novel.

Program Notes: The Sand Pebbles (1966)

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Robert Wise wasn’t a “personal” filmmaker. Instead, he was a journeyman director who brought insight and competence to almost every genre. But if there is a truly personal film on his resume, it is The Sand Pebbles.

Program Notes: I Want to Live! (1958)

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I Want to Live! (1958) is the heavily fictionalized story of Barbara Graham's unhappy life and dramatic death. It's another example of director Robert Wise’s skill in tackling noirish subject matter.

Program Notes: Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)

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When your resume features two of the most beloved movie musicals of all time (West Side Story, The Sound of Music) you can excuse the public for thinking of you as a director of musicals. But Robert Wise excelled at many genres. Especially film noir.

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