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The Day the Earth Stood Still

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Made less than a decade after the World War II, this classic 1951 sci-fi thriller still remains genuinely eerie for its spooky score and high-contrast black and white photography. But on another level, the film's peaceful alien envoy, Klaatu, reflects the genuine paranoia and atomic bomb guilt most Americans felt at the time. As such, The Day the Earth Stood Still works as a moralistic, if campy, cautionary tale. Besides a chance to see this movie on a large screen, this special showing includes a live performance by theremin master Eric Ross to provide exactly the right otherworldly aural ambience. See "Special Showings" for details.

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