Essential Cinema: Monsters from the Id: Cold War Sci-fi and Horror

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL

Directed by Robert Wise

USA, 1951, 1h 32min, DCP

Essential Cinema  Monsters from the Id: Cold War Sci-fi and Horror

There are no current or future screenings planned for this film.

“Still rightly considered a classic in everything from its Theremin-enhanced Bernard Herrmann score to its fine pacing and performances, continues to be pointed and timely…”
—Jonathan Rosenbaum

In this sci-fi allegory, a saintly alien named Klaatu, who goes by the name “Carpenter” when in disguise as an earthling, encounters a mixed reception from the human race. The military is hostile but an ordinary single mother and her child welcome him with love. A philosophical sci-fi movie that nonetheless has spaceships and an awesome killer robot.

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