Robert Wise Dead at 91

Robert Wise, the director of The Sound of Music and Mystery in Mexico, died today at the age of 91.

Here are three obituaries:

The New York Times
The Associated Press
Reuters News Service

Anyone looking for a cinephile treatment of this subject needs to get a life.


swac said...

Seriously, I had no idea how to treat this one.

Maybe I'll stay in tomorrow and watch The Sand Pebbles.

Vanwall said...

When one of the biggies passes, I usually run down the list of their films I really like, and try real hard to remember them for these gems, and even the noble failures, rather than the usual crowd-pleasers that the press trumpets in the obits. I'll be able to use Wise's many wonderful and varied favorites of mine to deflect if not reduce the barrage of incoming "Sound of Music" and "West Side Story" kudos, like a battery of quasi-literary French 75s in quick-fire mode - frankly, I had enough of those rammed down my throat in music classes as a lad in school. Almost ruined popular music for me, and certainly not Wise's fault, but I avoided H'wood musicals for a good while. Hmmm. I see a link here to my soon-to-be found interest in silent film. Wise was truly gifted, and had the ability to cross genres and generations. I'll miss 'im.


Bill Chinaski said...

yeah, i was gonna write something on wise but i couldn't generate any interest in the project. i remember an anecdote where charlie chaplin stomped out of sound of music after 10 minutes, "disgusting"! he exclaimed . . .