Robert Wise 1914-2005

From cult horror (Curse of the Cat People, 1944) to science fiction (The Day the Earth Stood Still, 1951 and The Andromeda Strain, 1971) to the classic American musical (West Side Story, 1961), director Robert Wise, who died September 14 at the age of 91, had a diverse and successful career. A college drop-out, Wise landed work in a movie studio where he held a series of odd jobs until finally becoming an editor, contributing his skills to what many consider the best American film of all time, Casablanca. But Wise is perhaps best known for the movie film critic Pauline Kael famously called the "sugar-coated lie that people seemed to like to eat", 1965's The Sound of Music.


Kael's just sore that Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is never going to sell as well. :-P