The sci-fi classic film, The Day the Earth Stood Still, will be screened in a special presentation of the “Science on Screen” series at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on Monday, December 13 at 7 p.m. The 1951 film, directed by Robert Wise who is also known for The Sound of Music and West Side Story, follows a humanoid alien, Klaatu, as he travels to Washington, D.C. along with a robot protector, Gort, to warn Earth’s leaders about the impending consequences of humans’ warring ways. Shot in an extremely realistic way, the film is considered by many to be one of the greatest science-fiction films of all time.
Featuring the 7’7″ actor Lock Martin as Gort as well as some accentric costume choices, such as an aluminum-painted foam-rubber suit for the giant robot, the film is a crowd-pleaser, capturing the popular sentiment of suspicion and fear during the Cold War era.
World-renowned roboticist Dennis Hong will also give a talk before the screening. Dr. Hong is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech, and director of the university’s state-of-the-art Robotics Mechanisms Laboratory.
Tickets for the show are $9.75 for regular admission, $7.75 for students and Museum of Science members. They are available for purchase online or at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, at 290 Harvard Street in Brookline. Don’t miss your chance to catch this exclusive screening of a sci-fi favorite!