Thursday, September 15, 2005

Nuage: Robert Wise 1914-2005

Legendary director Robert Wise died Wednesday from heart failure. He was 91. Wise's long career as a director ran the gamut of genres and gave us some of its greatest classics: The Day the Earth Stood Still, Run Silent Run Deep, West Side Story, The Haunting (a personal favorite of yours truly), The Sound of Music, The Andromeda Strain, and (debatable as a classic, but a landmark nonetheless) Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

It's telling that perhaps his most minor contribution to cinema was as an editor, splicing together such greats as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Citizen Kane, and The Magnificent Ambersons.

Robert, we tip the fedora to your remarkable versatility and talent, and we can't wait to visit with you in the big screening room in the sky.


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