Program Notes

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Program Notes: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

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The Robert Wise-directed The Day the Earth Stood Still was one of the best flying saucer films of the '50s and one of Wise's most prestigious works.

Program Notes: Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983)

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It’s comforting to know that 30 years after their heyday, the madmen of Monty Python still have the power to offend and outrage. In The Meaning of Life, these Brit twits tweaked sacred cows so remorselessly that they still leave bruises.

Robert Wise Film Series Introduction

Robert Wise

Robert Wise was never an auteur in the sense that Hitchcock, Fellini and Bergman were auteurs. Instead, Wise was a Hollywood director-for-hire who could tackle just about any subject. Some of his movies are classics.

Program Notes: Defending Your Life (1991)

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Hollywood depictions of the afterlife range from the pious to the ludicrous. Weirdly enough, Albert Brooks’ comedy Defending Your Life rings truer than most.

Program Notes: Heaven Can Wait (1978)

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Warren Beatty's directorial debut, Heaven Can Wait, was one of the biggest comedy hits of 1978, thanks to a great cast, fine performances and witty dialogue that helped make the clunky plot go down a whole lot easier.