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Oscar winning director Robert Wise dies
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Posted on 09/15/2005 12:05:31 AM PDT by lunarbicep

LOS ANGELES -- Robert Wise, who won four Oscars as producer and director of the classic 1960s musicals "West Side Story" and "The Sound of Music," has died. He was 91.

Wise died Wednesday of heart failure after falling ill and being rushed to the University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center, family friend and longtime entertainment agent Lawrence Mirisch told The Associated Press.

Mirisch said Wise had appeared in good health when he celebrated his 91st birthday Saturday.

Wise was nominated for seven Oscars, including the four he won, during a career that spanned more than 50 years. The other nominations were for editing the 1941 Orson Welles classic "Citizen Kane," directing 1958's "I Want to Live!" and producing 1966's "The Sand Pebbles," which was nominated for best picture.

More recently, he served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Directors Guild of America.

Wise directed 39 films in all, ranging from science fiction ("The Day the Earth Stood Still") to drama ("I Want to Live!") to war stories ("Run Silent Run Deep") to Westerns ("Tribute to a Bad Man").

"I'd rather do my own thing, which has been to choose projects that take me into all different kinds of genres," he once told The Associated Press. "I don't have a favorite kind of film to make. I just look for the best material I can find."

With the big-budget productions "West Side Story" and "The Sound of Music," he helped create two of the most critically acclaimed and popular musicals of all time.

"West Side Story" was the tale of "Romeo and Juliet" set in the New York City tenement slums of the early 1960s. Co-directed by Wise and Jerome Robbins, with music by Leonard Bernstein, it won 10 Academy Awards.

"The Sound of Music," which told the story of the singing von Trapp family's escape from Nazi-ruled Austria, won five Oscars. It was for many years the top-grossing film of all time.

Wise gave much of the credit for the film's success to its stars, Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

"A big part of a director's job is done if he gets the right actors in the right roles," he once said. "That doesn't mean you don't help actors, but once we thought about Julie and Chris, we didn't seriously consider anyone else."

He also credited Orson Welles, for whom he edited "The Magnificent Ambersons" and "Citizen Kane," as a major influence, adding that the actor-director-writer was "as close to a genius as anyone I have ever met."

"Citizen Kane" was "a marvelous film to work on - well-planned and well-shot," Wise once said. It has topped many polls over the years as the best film ever made.

Wise moved up from film editor to director almost by accident when he was assigned to finish "The Curse of the Cat People" after the original director fell too far behind schedule on that 1944 film.

Pleased with his work, horror film producer Val Lewton assigned Wise to direct "The Body Snatcher" the following year.

Other films Wise directed include "The Set-Up" in 1949; "Destination Gobi" in 1952; "Executive Suite" in 1954; "Two for the Seesaw" in 1962; "The Haunting" in 1963; "The Andromeda Strain" in 1971; and "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" in 1979.

Born Sept. 10, 1914, in Winchester, Ind., Wise dropped out of college during the Depression after his brother, an accountant at RKO, helped get him a job at the studio.

He worked his way up to film editor or co-editor on such movies as "The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "The Devil and Daniel Webster."

In addition to his four Oscars, Wise was awarded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, a special Oscar for sustained achievement, in 1966. He also received the Directors Guild of America's highest honor, the D.W. Griffith Award, in 1988


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: andromedastrain; citizenkane; dayearthstoodstill; director; editor; hollywood; oscarwinner; robertwise; runsilentrundeep; scifi; soundofmusic; startrek; westsidestory

1 posted on 09/15/2005 12:05:31 AM PDT by lunarbicep
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To: lunarbicep
RIP. "Day The Earth Stood Still" holds up even today in my view. He was a capable director who probably hasn't gotten his due from later generations.


2 posted on 09/15/2005 12:12:17 AM PDT by newzjunkey (CA Freepers, HELP Enforce Our Border: http://www.CaliforniaBorderPolice.com/)
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To: lunarbicep

R.I.P. to one of the great directors.


3 posted on 09/15/2005 12:13:54 AM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (The Democratic Party-Jackass symbol, jackass leaders, jackass supporters.)
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To: KevinDavis; melbell; Fenris6; Samwise; Reaganesque; mikrofon; mowowie; hattend

Sci-Fi Passages ((( Ping )))


4 posted on 09/15/2005 12:19:53 AM PDT by newzjunkey (CA Freepers, HELP Enforce Our Border: http://www.CaliforniaBorderPolice.com/)
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To: newzjunkey

He did a great job with "West Side Story" as well. He won the best director Oscar in '61 for it (along with Jerome Robbins). The man could do all genres, that's for sure.


5 posted on 09/15/2005 12:25:51 AM PDT by drew
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To: lunarbicep

SAND PEBBLES!!!!!!


6 posted on 09/15/2005 12:49:14 AM PDT by wildcatf4f3 (Putin 2008!!)
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To: lunarbicep

I will always remember Robert Wise for directing one of my favorite films, the 1962 horror classic The Haunting.


7 posted on 09/15/2005 12:55:51 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: newzjunkey

Gort, Klaatu Barada Nikto.


8 posted on 09/15/2005 1:05:54 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Peace Begins in the Womb)
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To: newzjunkey

An excellent man................ prayers.


9 posted on 09/15/2005 1:07:10 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Farrakhan - they blew the wall to kill the blacks)
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To: lunarbicep

Superb director. My condolences.


10 posted on 09/15/2005 1:12:54 AM PDT by MoochPooch (A righteous person worries about his or her behavior, an extremist about everyone else's.)
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To: lunarbicep

That's quite an impressive resume. The current WhollyWeird crowd falls short.


11 posted on 09/15/2005 1:16:19 AM PDT by csvset
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To: lunarbicep

If one wants to watch Wise's genius, try "The Haunting" (1963). Special effects? He don't need no stinking special effects to give you the willies...


12 posted on 09/15/2005 3:17:13 AM PDT by LRS
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To: lunarbicep

Per IMDb:

Director - filmography
(2000s) (1980s) (1970s) (1960s) (1950s) (1940s)

  1. A Storm in Summer (2000) (TV)
  2. Rooftops (1989)
  3. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
    ... aka Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Director's Edition (USA: DVD title)
  4. Audrey Rose (1977)
  5. The Hindenburg (1975)
  6. Two People (1973)
  7. The Andromeda Strain (1971)
  8. Star! (1968)
    ... aka Loves of a Star! (USA: promotional title)
    ... aka Those Were the Happy Times (USA: shorter version)
  9. The Sand Pebbles (1966)
  10. The Sound of Music (1965)
  11. The Haunting (1963)
  12. Two for the Seesaw (1962)
  13. West Side Story (1961)
  14. Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
  15. I Want to Live! (1958)
  16. Run Silent Run Deep (1958)
    ... aka Run Silent, Run Deep (USA: poster title)
  17. Until They Sail (1957)
  18. This Could Be the Night (1957)
  19. Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
  20. Tribute to a Bad Man (1956)
  21. Helen of Troy (1956)
    ... aka Elena di Troia (Italy)
  22. Executive Suite (1954)
  23. So Big (1953)
  24. Destination Gobi (1953)
  25. The Desert Rats (1953)
  26. Something for the Birds (1952)
  27. The Captive City (1952)
  28. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  29. The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)
  30. Three Secrets (1950)
  31. Two Flags West (1950)
  32. The Set-Up (1949)
  33. Blood on the Moon (1948)
  34. Mystery in Mexico (1948)
  35. Born to Kill (1947)
    ... aka Lady of Deceit (UK)
  36. Criminal Court (1946)
  37. The Body Snatcher (1945)
    ... aka Robert Louis Stevenson's 'The Body Snatcher' (USA: complete title)
  38. A Game of Death (1945)
  39. Mademoiselle Fifi (1944)
    ... aka Guy de Maupassant's Mademoiselle Fifi (USA: complete title)
  40. The Curse of the Cat People (1944)

 


13 posted on 09/15/2005 3:36:48 AM PDT by lunarbicep (If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it. –Jonathan Winters)
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To: lunarbicep

That is some kind of resume. Several of my favorite flics...


14 posted on 09/15/2005 3:47:00 AM PDT by LRS
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To: lunarbicep

Sorry to hear that, although he had a good long run at 91. Day the Earth Stood Still has always been my favorite film. It's amazing to see the other list of classics that he directed.


15 posted on 09/15/2005 5:20:51 AM PDT by Moonmad27
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To: LRS
That is some kind of resume. Several of my favorite flics...

What I find amazing about Robert Wise was the fact he was involved in many of the most influential films of the 20th Century. He had a resumé of success that makes Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg look pedestrian in comparison; when he could list Citizen Kane, The Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story and The Sound of Music among the films he was heavily involved in--all films with great critical and public acceptance--that is truly the mark of a great person.

16 posted on 09/15/2005 6:57:01 AM PDT by RayChuang88
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To: LRS

my stepfather was the radio operator in the 'hindenberg'. What an honor he must have felt to work with this director.


17 posted on 09/15/2005 7:03:11 AM PDT by television is just wrong (http://hehttp://print.google.com/print/doc?articleidisblogs.blogspot.com/ (visit blogs, visit ads).)
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To: lunarbicep

One of the great craftsman of film history. R.I.P.


18 posted on 09/15/2005 7:34:43 AM PDT by Borges
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To: RayChuang88

Scorsese did an audio commentary on the DVD of 'The Set Up' that's interspersed with Wise comments. MS talks about how much he's always admired Wise's technique.


19 posted on 09/15/2005 7:48:54 AM PDT by Borges
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To: lunarbicep

I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Wise at a film seminar back in 1994. He was quite the character. Certainly one of Hollywood's best. May he R.I.P.


20 posted on 09/15/2005 8:28:58 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (*Fightin' the system like a $2 hooker on crack*)
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To: newzjunkey

Thanks for posting this. He was definitely before his time. Run Silent Run Deep is another classis that gets better with each showing. I was at a local theater viewing of The Day The Earth Stood Still a few years ago. They had a phone link to England and Robert Wise wished us all well and thanked us for watching his film.


21 posted on 09/15/2005 9:11:52 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: csvset

Very few of that generation of American filmmakers are left. Vincent Sherman (a rather minor figure) and Jules Dassin (last surviving blacklisted director) are the only ones that spring to mind.


22 posted on 09/15/2005 11:12:12 AM PDT by Borges
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To: lunarbicep

bump


23 posted on 09/15/2005 3:33:42 PM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: lunarbicep

Wow, I didn't know he did the Andromeda Strain too. Man, what a career...


24 posted on 09/15/2005 3:47:05 PM PDT by MikeD (You can argue with your Maker, but you know that you just can't win...)
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To: MikeD
I didn't know he did the Andromeda Strain too

I didn't either... that movie scared the hell outta me as a kid

25 posted on 09/15/2005 3:52:30 PM PDT by lunarbicep (If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it. –Jonathan Winters)
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To: lunarbicep
Robert Wise was a fine Hollywood film director.

RIP Mister Wise.

26 posted on 09/17/2005 5:05:26 PM PDT by Reagan Man (Secure the borders;punish employers who hire illegals;halt all welfare handouts to illegals.)
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