The Day the Earth Stood Still
The fundamental alien visitation tale of its technology, the day the earth stood still turned into mythically embedded in the minds of the pre-spielberg technology that first saw it in youth. If no longer the primary technology-fiction movie made with the aid of a hollywood studio for adults, it marked a bounce past bug-eyed-monster serial juvenilia and attempted to defuse cold warfare paranoia via anti-authoritarian wit and somber reckoning with atomic age danger.
It’s a questioning child’s movie, but its cunning fun stays in balance with its self-consciousness as a prestige message photograph. Released within the midst of the korean conflict and the high of mccarthy, the film achieved a unique relevance for a “spaceman” film by using unambiguously advocating for peace and grounding its pulp tale in social truth. Beside the then-modern-day outcomes and an indispensable, theremin-laced score by way of bernard herrmann, director robert wise and screenwriter edmund north establish the tension and xenophobia of a soviet-fearing population as easily transferred to the messianic klaatu (whose pseudonym is the christian-tinged “mr. Chippie”).