The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 7:00pm
Led by 
Mike Canning

“Klaatu barada nikto!"  A flying saucer arrives in Washington, D.C. and its alien occupant, aided by a menacing robot, warns the world what will happen if wars continue.  Robert Wise directed what is considered one of the most influential science fiction films ever made.  "Hill Rag" critic and D.C. film expert Mike Canning shares why this 1951 classic still resonates with 21st-century viewers. With Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, and Sam Jaffe.

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Host:  Carolyn Crouch, Founder, Washington Walks

Mike Canning is the long-time film critic of the Hill Rag and author of Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, D.C.  It was the first publication to offer a comprehensive look at the intersection of the capital and the movies--how Washington, D.C. has been portrayed in American movies.  His reviews can be found at  Mike was a Foreign Service Officer for 28 years, working as a press and cultural officer in eight countries on four continents.  He and his wife Judy have made their home on Capitol Hill for 53 years.