Wednesday, August 3rd: “The Day the Earth Stood Still” at the Portage Theater

Join us the Wednesday, August 3rd for THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL
The Portage Theater – 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave – 7:30 – $5.00 per ticket

August 3rd, 2011
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL
Robert Wise • 1951
Klaatu, an extraterrestrial played by Michael Rennie, and a robot named Gort land in Washington D.C. to warn mankind that if it doesn’t become a peaceful race it will destroy itself. In usual fashion, the US military locks Klaatu up while Gort stays home and makes sure DC tourists keep off their saucer. While The Day the Earth Stood Still is among the first science fiction films to be taken seriously be the movie-going press, it also has the unique honor (according to Colin Powell) of inspiring Ronald Reagan to discuss uniting against an alien invasion when meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985. There’s also a religious subtext (Gort as Jesus), model trains, a wonderful performance by Patricia Neal as the straight lady, and one of Bernard Herrmann’s best scores. (JA)
92 min • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation • 35mm
Print from Criterion Pictures USA, special thanks to Brian Block.
Serial: Daredevils of Red Circle S.O.S. (William Witney and John English, 1939) 16mm

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