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From Page To Screen: The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) (U)

27apr11:00 amFrom Page To Screen: The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) (U)Bridport's Film Festival

Event Details

Bridport’s definitive film festival celebrating the art of literary adaptation.

This year’s guest curator will be Screenwriter and Director, Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

Robert Wise had edited a bunch of Hollywood classics including Citizen Kane before turning his hand to his masterpiece, a grown-up McCarthy era parable by ex-army screenwriter North. Its siren message to 1950s USA – unless we Earthlings change course, we are headed for self-destruction – still resonates. When benign alien Klaatu (Michael Rennie) and his robot sidekick emerge from a flying saucer with their message of peace, they trigger mass hysteria and military attack. Bemused by the hostility of both government and people, Klaatu creates a show-stopping global event to galvanise the world. Resourceful working mom Helen (Patricia Neal) and her open-minded son Bobby (Billy Gray) – templates for Spielberg sci-fi classics – step up to avert disaster. Bernard Herrmann’s influential theramin-laced score launched a thousand spooky soundtracks.

Don’t miss The Future We Make exhibition tour for all ages with designer Caroline Greville-Morris after the screening.

DIRECTOR | Robert Wise
STARS | Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal and Hugh Marlowe
SOURCE TEXT | Farewell to the Master by Harry Bates
SCREENWRITER | Edmund H. North

For more information please visit

Bridport Arts Centre

Saturday 27th April at 11am

Tickets: Adult £6 | Cons & U25’s £3

Purchase tickets for all morning and afternoon films and get them for £32. That’s a 50% discount.

Tickets available from Bridport Tourist Information Centre, Bridport Town Hall, South Street DT6 3LF. Tel: 01308 424901 or



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