Hollywood at the Bijou presents ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’

The Hollywood at the Bijou film series will be presenting “The Day the Earth Stood Still” next week at the Bristol Historical Society.

The 1951 film was directed by Robert Wise, who also directed “The Sound of Music” and “West Side Story. The film stars Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlow, Sam Jaffe, Billy Gray, and Lock Martin as “Gort.”

Press materials from the series explain, “This classic intelligent sci-fi film… warns about the follies of war, and its threat to other planets. A spaceship lands in Washington D.C. carrying an alien from another world named ‘Klaatu’ (Michael Rennie) with a giant robot named ‘Gort.’ In order to show the overwhelming power the aliens possess, Klaatu neutralizes electrical power all over the world. A memorable line, for sci-fi fans is delivered to the robot by Patricia Neal – ‘Klaatu, barada nikto’. (The film is) enhanced with an eerie musical score by Bernard Herrmann.

The film will be preceded by classic cartoons and shorts – all shown on film, not video.

This event will be shown at the Bristol Historical Society, 98 Summer St., Bristol, on Friday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 1 and 7 p.m.

Admission is a $3 donation for all ages. Refreshments and popcorn will be also available.

Proceeds benefit the non-profit organizations: The Witch’s Dungeon and The Bristol Historical Society.

For further information contact the Bristol Historical Society at (860)583-6309 or visit bristolhistoricalsociety.org.