Happy Birthday to Robert Wise! Born 100 years ago today, Wise loved movies and began working in the business at 19. He got his big break in 1941 when Orson Welles asked him to edit a little film called Citizen Kane. Wise went on to direct such films as The Day the Earth Stood Still, Somebody Up There Likes Me, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. All are fine movies, but Wise really hit his stride for his Oscar-winning direction of West Side Story and The Sound of Music.
TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION
Wise shared his Best Director Oscar for West Side Story with Jerome Robbins. How many other times in Academy Award history have director-collaborators been nominated for Oscars?
c) three times
d) five times
CLIPS OF THE DAY
It’s the Jets vs. the Sharks. Stay cool, boys!
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens!
QUOTE OF THE DAY
My three Ps: passion, patience, perseverance. You have to do this if you've got to be a filmmaker.
DID YOU KNOW…
Wise was the last surviving crew member of Citizen Kane. He died in 2005 at the age of 91.
c) Three other teams of directors have been nominated for Oscars: Warren Beatty and Buck Henry for Heaven Can Wait; Joel and Ethan Coen for No Country for Old Men (they won); and the Coens again for True Grit.