1998: Robert Wise
26th AFI Life Achievement Award

Robert Wise was awarded the 26th AFI Life Achievement Award on February 19, 1998.



Robert Wise.



THE HINDENBURG (1975) presented Robert Wise with the enormous task of recreating the last, tragic voyage of the German airship, which exploded in May 1937.



THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965) was the first musical to have its songs dubbed in different languages--Spanish, French, Italian, and German. The film's enormous popularity can be attributed to many factors: the score, the sweeping shots of the Austrian landscape, Andrew's performance, and an endearing story about love, family, and togetherness. The film was directed by Robert Wise.



THE HAUNTING (1963), based on Shirley Jackson's short story "The Haunting of Hill House" brought Robert Wise back into the thriller genre.



Fox chief Darryl Zannuck convinced Robert Wise to take on THE HOUSE ON TELEGRAPH HILL (1951). The intricate suspense thriller was set in a San Francisco mansion and starred Richard Basehart and Valentina Cortesa.



Natalie Wood as Maria and Ricard Beymer as Tony are caught in the middle of a turf war between rival Puerto Rican and American gangs on Manhattan's Upper West Side in WEST SIDE STORY (1960). Their tragic story is told through a mix of tender love and violent emotion. The success of WEST SIDE STORY put Robert Wise in an elite pantheon of Hollywood directors.



No one had to convince Robert Wise to tackle THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951), a film that offered a combination of a high level of morality and entertainment value. The story is about an alien who lands on earth and hides among the people to find out what they're really like.



STAR TREK--THE MOTION PICTURE (1979) brought Robert Wise into the galactic world of the Twenty-third Century. Originally planned as a television movie, the film turned out to be first of several big-screen features based on the television series. On the set (left to right), Wise, Gene Roddenberry, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, and DeForest Kelley.


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