Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Klaatu Barada Nikto! 

1951's The Day the Earth Stood Still is science-fiction cinema ground zero. It's all here — the flying saucer, the giant robot, the brainiac scientist, a damsel in distress and an aloof humanoid alien— all filmed documentary style (to heighten those atomic age, cold-war fears) and topped off with an eerie Theremin soundtrack. Klaatu (Michael Rennie) arrives on Earth with his robot, Gort, in tow to deliver an important message for humanity. Too bad humanity's more eager to fight a perceived alien menace than listen. The Day the Earth Stood Still was a prestige picture for 20th Century Fox and director Robert Wise, but Hollywood would soon recycle its elements ad nauseum till they became cliché. This culminated in the ill-advised 2008 remake that gets it all wrong from the get-go, substituting "superstar" Keanu Reeves as spaceman Klaatu and thus losing the impact Wise's Klaatu had — Michael Rennie was an unknown actor. But neither age nor a dodgy remake has weakened the original. A new 35mm print of The Day the Earth Stood Still screens at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday (July 31 through August 2) in Webster University's Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue; or 314-968-7487). Tickets are $5 to $6.
July 31-Aug. 2, 2009

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Latest in Night & Day

More by Mark Fischer

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 12, 2022

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2022 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation