p>The Kansas City Public Library screens a free film series dedicated to director Robert Wise on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. throughout January 2012 in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Wise got his Hollywood start as a film editor on Citizen Kane, and then branched out into directing. Turns out he was good at just about everything he touched, from musicals to sci-fi and horror, so-called "problem" pictures, historic epics, romance, and much more.
The film line-up on Mondays includes:
January 2 The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) Not Rated
January 9 Two for the Seesaw (1962) Not Rated
January 23 I Want to Live! (1958) Not Rated
January 30 The Andromeda Strain (1971) Rated G
The film line-up on Saturdays includes:
January 7 Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) Not Rated
January 14 Tribute to a Bad Man (1956) Not Rated
January 21 Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) Not Rated
January 28 The Sand Pebbles (1966) Not Rated
Library film blogger Bob Butler provides an introduction to every film (along with critical commentary) prior to every screening; these program notes are posted on From the Film Vault  - located at kclibrary.org/film-blog.
Butler will offer a personal welcome and introductory comments ahead of the January 7 and January 28 screenings.