Robert Wise

The Haunting is probably my favourite movie by Robert Wise. The excellent Director would have been 97 today. It was very hard to pick a movie from the great ones he directed. How hard? Well, take a look a these titles:
The Sound Of Music, West Side Story, The Andromeda Strain, The Sand Pebbles, I Want To Live, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Somebody Up There Likes Me and, a movie I have just discovered, Run Silent Run Deep.
This list could go on and on. Without probably realising it, most of you have seen and loved a handful of Robert Wise movies.

The Haunting is “my cup of tea”. Released in 1963, the movie is a mix of horror and drama that kept me glued to the screen all the way through. A very controversial work too. Am I right to say that this was one of the first Hollywood movies that had a lesbian main character? I find the movie scary and unbearably sad especially when Eleanor realises that she is about to die. But despite all that she is happy. Happy because, at least, something (finally) will happen to her.

Happy birthday Mr Wise.


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