Listening to the Movies: Day the Earth Stood Still Highlights Wed Dec 17th 3-4PM


Listening to the Movies this week contrasts the remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still score by Tyler Bates with the unmatched original Robert Wise 1951 classic score of Bernard Herrmann. After 57 years, the original film has lost none of its power to inspire with its message that Earth should not resort to nuclear weapons and war but rather civilization advance itself beyond it's petty squabbles. Advanced civilizations in the universe don't like the war like vibes coming from Earth.

A guest on TCM was recently asked what he thought about plans to remake "High Noon". The guest intelligently replied, "those interested in doing remakes should limit themselves to movies that were bad to begin with, and keep their hands off films that came out really right the first time". Now you know how much I was against remaking the earth stood still, but listen to a few tracks from each film and see which one you are drawn to.

Also included will be tracks from "The Polar Express", "Pinocchio", "Home Alone", "Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone", "It's A Wonderful Life" and more! Wed Dec 17 3-4pm.

Day the Earth Stood Still

Great show. I really liked your commentary as well as the tracks selected from both the original version and remakes.
Andrew Bargerstock