The Day the Earth Stood Still
1951
*****
Director: Robert Wise
Cast: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Billy Gray, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Frances Bavier

A flying saucer lands in Washington D.C. A humanoid and his robot have come to deliver a message to the leaders of the world, but the reception is hostile. This thinking man’s science fiction film and Christ allegory has stood the test of time because it offers big ideas instead of big spectacle. A memorable score by Bernard Herrmann. Based on Harry Bates’ short story “Farewell to the Master”. Remade in 2008.