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FILM INSTITUTE GETS WISE TO DIRECTOR'S ACHIEVEMENTS

Robert Wise, who directed "The Sound of Music," scored another hit with the American Film Institute.

Wise will be honored with its lifetime achievement award, the institute said Friday.

The four-time Academy Award winner said the award, to be presented in February, is "one of the very highest honors one can receive. . . . I am completely thrilled to have been selected for it in 1998."

Wise's film credits include "West Side Story," which he co-directed with Jerome Robbins; "The Day the Earth Stood Still"; "Run Silent, Run Deep"; "The Sand Pebbles"; "Somebody Up There Likes Me"; and "The Andromeda Strain."

Other recipients of the award include Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck, Elizabeth Taylor and Bette Davis.

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