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News: Robert Wise

Remembering Robert Wise

Legendary director Robert Wise We remember legendary director Robert Wise, who helmed such classic movies as The Haunting (1963) and The Sound of Music, who passed away on September 14.

Legendary director Robert Wise passed away on September 14 in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 91.

Born in Winchester, Indiana in 1914, Robert – or Bobby as he was known – was the youngest of three brothers. At the age of 19 he took on some odd jobs at RKO studios to make some cash, and so began a love affair with the movies that lasted for the rest of his life. Luckily for Wise, one of RKO's head sound effects engineers recognized the young man's enthusiasm and talents, and took him under his wing to teach him the ropes

Wise went on to edit several films, including The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), and in 1941 he was employed by film-maker Orson Welles to edit Citizen Cane. From there, it was a natural step for Wise to move into direction, and his first feature was the 1944 Horror film The Curse of the Cat People

During the 60 year career that followed, Wise was behind many films that are now classed as classics. Groundbreaking science fiction movie The Day the Earth Stood Still was one such movie, and Wise was also behind the camera for Paul Newman sporting drama Somebody Up There Likes Me(1956), stunning musical West Side Story(1961), Julie Andrews family favourite The Sound of the Music(1965) and Anthony Hopkins chiller Audrey Rose(1977). Wise also kicked off one of the most successful sci-fi franchises in history with 1979's Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Wise remained active in the film industry even throughout his later years, and his last directorial project was television movie A Storm in Summer in 2000.

As the tributes pour in, it is clear that cinema has lost one of its leading figures but, with such an impressive body of work, Wise's contribution to the movies will never be forgotten.

We pay tribute to Robert Wise in
Film Review (Nov)

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