Thursday, September 15, 2005

Robert Wise

Speaking of Star Trek (see below), Robert Wise, the man who directed the first big-screen version of the series as well as some of the best films of the 20th century, has died. Scroll through his films and you’ll be amazed at the number of fine films he either directed or worked on.

What I liked about his work was that no matter whether or not the films were big-budget action adventures (Run Silent, Run Deep) or sci-fi (The Day the Earth Stood Still) or even musicals like West Side Story or The Sound of Music, he respected the script (always nice for a writer to see a director do that) and he didn’t let the props, the scenery, or the special effects get in the way of the characters. And he was a damn good storyteller.