noone mentioned this?
Director Robert Wise Dies at 91
Director Robert Wise, who won two Academy Awards for directing two of the most successful movie musicals of all time, West Side Story and The Sound of Music, died of heart failure yesterday; he was 91. Wise, who had just celebrated his birthday on Saturday, was rushed to the UCLA Medical Center after suddenly falling ill. Recently, the filmmaker had reportedly been in good health, and his wife, Millicent, was out of the country at the San Sebastian Film Festival, participating in a retrospective of her husband’s work. An extremely versatile director whose films ranged from drama to horror to sci-fi to musicals, Wise got his start at RKO Studios as an assistant editor, a job he got thanks to his brother, who was in the studio’s accounting department. Working his way up the ladder to full editor, Wise edited such films as The Hunchback of Notre Dame and My Favorite Wife before nabbing an Academy Award nomination for editing the legendary Citizen Kane. He also worked with filmmaker Orson Welles on The Magnificent Ambersons, and was involved in that movie’s drastic re-editing, which was requested by RKO while Welles was out of the country; the missing footage from Ambersons, and Wise’s falling-out with Welles over the final product, later became the stuff of legend.
Bob was the man
The Set-Up is my favorite sports film after Ragging Bull, its die-hard noir, its great, The Day the Earth Stood Still is a masterpiece we all love, obviously, its classic, its beautiful, that film really set up the basics for 50’s sci-fi, you know, many films were based upon it and started some sort of a spin-off from it without having anything to do with it, the kind of thing italians tend to do back in those days, and i dont care what you say about this but The Sound of Music
was a great flick, i know its the film all our mom’s love but i dont think its bad at all, the war sqcuence near the end was suspensefull you know, i dont even care about the rest anymore when it reaches that pit, i care about this ex-nun and a bunch of kids getting executed by the nazi’s, but anyways
Wise was a director’s director and his legacy will never die, he was one of the greats and should get the credit he diserved