Program Notes

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From the Film Vault Blog

Program Notes: Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

Somebody Up There Likes Me movie poster

Viewed today, Somebody Up There Likes Me seems way ahead of its time. It’s easy to see how this Robert Wise production provided a road map for other fight movies. It also made Paul Newman a star.

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

The Day the earth Stood Still movie poster

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)

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life movie poster

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)

Defending Your Life movie poster

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