The Day the Earth Stood Still – Farewell to the Master


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The remake of the 1951 classic scifi film, The Day the Earth Stood Still, is set for a December release. When I use the word “classic”, I of course mean cheesy. The 1951 film is fun to watch, but it has the feel of a “B movie.” You can’t go into it expecting too much.

What few people know is that the film is loosely based on a short story written by Harry Bates in 1940. The title of the short story is Farewell to the Master. It has a much more interesting twist than the movie. The conceit is that mankind is so devoid of faith and replete with prejudice that we don’t recognize the true master. It’s a very powerful message.

I encourage you to click here and read the story: Farewell to the Master

Remember to never forget the author!

6 thoughts on “The Day the Earth Stood Still – Farewell to the Master

  1. I’ll most likely watch it, but I have to admit, I’m gonna miss those ‘oven-mitt’ jumpsuits

  2. No to mention the colander helmets.

  3. The original story was a 15,000 word short story by Harry Bates published in 1940 in the magazine Astounding Science Fiction. It’s well worth a read. Personally, I would like to see a movie that follows the original story. See http://thenostalgialeague.com/olmag/bates.html

  4. I teach the story and film (1951) in my Film/Lit classes. they enjoy it.

  5. “When I use the word “classic”, I of course mean cheesy.”

    What an arrogant and ignorant thing to say about a beloved and respected film.

    • You hold me up to horribly unfair expectations when you expect me or anyone else to have the same opinions on this film that you obviously do. You’re not doing yourself any favors by taking such offense by tastes that differ from your own. It apparently causes you such deeply felt consternation that you deem it necessary to level personal attacks on a perfect stranger for expressing his thoughts on the film. Instead of trying to sway me with a well thought out retort you’ve actually displayed your own arrogance and ignorance by casting aspirations on my character because I didn’t think a movie was particularly well done. That kind of behavior has always baffled me and no matter how hard I try, I can’t make any sense of it.

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