Tuesday, June 10, 2008 01:02:22 AM
Posted By Art Baxter
Gerd Oswald - June 9, 1919 - May 22, 1989
Gerd Oswald is notable for his directoral work on the early 1960s TV show, THE OUTER LIMITS. Mr Oswald was what you might call a journeyman director. Someone who could turn in better than average work on time and on budget.
His work for THE OUTER LIMITS was visually unique and more or less set the visual template for the show. Teamed with the young cinematographer Conrad Hall, his results were impressive and gripping. He was most challenged when directing the dramatically odd scripts of series co-creator Joseph Stefano. Stefano's scripts didn't follow the standard TV script formula and often ended on an off note. His best scripts were psychological studies. "Don't Open 'Til Doomsday" is, frankly, all about sex or rather all about not having sex, as every character is sexually frustrated including the monster who ultimately "un-creates" himself. "The Invisibles" is a paranoid piece about losers who are implanted with aliens to become political operatives in an alien invasion. It's hard to describe what "It Crawled Out of the Woodwork" and "The Forms of things Unknown" are about as they are so abstract.
Oswald was one of the first directors I became aware of when it began to dawn on me exactly what a "director" did. I was very fond of his work when I was a teenager and I still am today.
Why not watch a Gerd Oswald episode of THE OUTER LIMITS today for his 89th birthday.
SELECT OUTER LIMITS EPISODES:
Miriam Hopkins never got laid and never will...
...thanks to this monster in "Don't Open 'Til Doomsday"