Autumn Leaves (1956)

ROBERT ALDRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1956. William Goetz Productions. Screenplay by Jean Rouverol, Hugo Butler, Lewis Meltzer, Robert Blees. Cinematography by Charles Lang. Produced by William Goetz. Music by Hans J. Salter. Production Design by William Glasgow. Costume Design by Jean Louis. Film Editing by Michael Luciano. Joan Crawford is excellent…

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The Rocket From Calabuch (1956)

LUIS GARCIA BERLANGA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 Original Title: Calabuch Spain/Italy, 1956.  Águila Films, Films Costellazione.  Story by Leonardo Martín, Screenplay by Leonardo Martín, Florentino Soria, Ennio Flaiano, Luis García Berlanga.  Cinematography by Francisco Sempere.  Produced by José Luis Jerez Aloza.  Music by Guido Guerrini.  Production Design by Román Calatayud.  Film Editing by…

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Elena And Her Men (1956)

JEAN RENOIR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original Title: Elena et les hommes Alternate Title: Paris Does Strange Things France/Italy, 1956.  Franco London Films, Les Films Gibé, Electra Compagnia Cinematografica.  Screenplay by Jean Renoir, Jean Serge, dialogue by Jean Renoir.  Cinematography by Claude Renoir.  Produced by Joseph Bercholz, Henry Deutschmeister, Edouard Gide.  Music by…

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A Wife’s Heart (1956)

MIKIO NARUSE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Tsuma no kokoro Japan, 1956.  Toho Company.  Screenplay by Toshirô Ide.  Cinematography by Masao Tamai.  Produced by Sanezumi Fujimoto, Masakatsu Kaneko.  Music by Ichiro Saito.  Production Design by Satoru Chuko.  Film Editing by Eiji Ooi. A family at a crossroads comprises the nucleus of this…

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War And Peace (1956)

KING VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA/Italy, 1956.  Ponti-De Laurentiis Cinematografica.  Screenplay by Bridget Boland, Robert Westerby, King Vidor, Mario Camerini, Ennio De Concini, Ivo Perilli, based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Mario Chiari.  Costume Design…

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A Kiss Before Dying (1956)

GERD OSWALD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 1956.  Crown Productions.  Screenplay by Lawrence Roman, based on the novel by Ira Levin.  Cinematography by Lucien Ballard.  Produced by Robert L. Jacks.  Music by Lionel Newman.  Production Design by Addison Hehr.  Costume Design by Evelyn Carruth, Henry Helfman.  Film Editing by George A. Gittens. The first of two adaptations of Ira Levin’s first…

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The Opposite Sex (1956)

DAVID MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Fay Kanin, Michael Kanin, based on the play The Women by Clare Boothe Luce.  Cinematography by Robert J. Bronner.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by George Stoll, Robert Van Eps.  Production Design by Daniel B. Cathcart, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by John McSweeney Jr..  Golden Globe Awards 1956.  …

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Gervaise (1956)

RENE CLEMENT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  France, 1956.  Agnes Delahaie Productions, Silver Films, Compagnie Industrielle et Commerciale Cinématographique. Screenplay by Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost, based on the novel L’Assommoir by Emile Zola.  Cinematography by Robert Juillard.  Produced by Agnes Delahaie.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by Paul Bertrand.  Costume Design by Mayo.  Film Editing by Henri Rust.  Academy Awards 1956.   Maria…

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Crazed Fruit (1956)

KO NAKAHIRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Kurutta Kajitsu Japan, 1956.  Nikkatsu Film Company, Nikkatsu.  Screenplay by Shintaro Ishihara.  Cinematography by Shigeyoshi Mine.  Produced by Takiko Mizunoe.  Music by Masaru Sato, Toru Takemitsu.  Production Design by Takashi Matsuyama.  Film Editing by Masanori Tsujii. Two teenage brothers go on a beach vacation with their heads chock full of all the girls they plan…

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Jubal (1956)

DELMER DAVES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1956.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Russell S. Hughes, Delmer Daves, based on the novel by Paul Wellman.  Cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr..  Produced by William Fadiman.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by Carl Anderson.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Al Clark. Glenn Ford shows up near death on a sprawling ranch…

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Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, based on the autobiography of Rocky Graziano with Rowland Barber.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Charles Schnee.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Malcolm Brown, Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Albert Akst.  Academy Awards 1956. Scintillating biography of Rocky Graziano, a prizefighter who grow up in the rough neighbourhoods of New…

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Forbidden Planet (1956)

FRED M. WILCOX Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Irving Block, Allen Adler, Screenplay by Cyril Hume, based on the play The Tempest by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Nicholas Nayfack.  Production Design by Irving Block, Mentor Huebner.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett, Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.  Academy Awards 1956.   Here’s the Gone With…

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