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The Day the Earth Stood Still

The Day the Earth Stood Still
Director: Robert Wise
US 195192' en, fr, hi, ru

An alien Klaatu and a large humanoid robot Gort land on Earth as people of the other planets have become concerned for their own safety after human beings developed atomic power and initiated atomic tests. It takes sacrifices to pass on their message: “There must be security for all, or no one is secure. Now, this does not mean giving up any freedom, except the freedom to act irresponsibly. We have an organization for the mutual protection of all planets and for the complete elimination of aggression. It is no concern of ours how you run your own planet, but if you threaten to extend your violence, this Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder. Your choice is simple: join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration.”

Based on the Harry Bates’ science fiction short story "Farewell to the Master" (1940), the screenplay was written by Edmund Hall North, a former army officer, in response to the proliferation of nuclear weapons during the Cold War.

In the screening: Introduction by Viktors Freibergs