Rabindranath Tagore (1961)

SATYAJIT RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB India, 1961. Films Division Government of India. Screenplay by Satyajit Ray. Cinematography by Soumendu Roy. Music by Jyotirindra Moitra. Production Design by Bansi Chandragupta. Film Editing by Dulal Dutta The poet, composer, painter and educator who became the first non-European to win a Nobel Prize in Literature…

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Mr. Topaze (1961)

PETER SELLERS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 Alternate Title: I Like Money United Kingdom, 1961. Dimitri De Grunwald Production. Screenplay by Pierre Rouve, based on the play by Marcel Pagnol. Cinematography by John Wilcox. Produced by Pierre Rouve. Music by Georges Van Parys. Production Design by Donald M. Ashton. Costume Design by Pierre Balmain,…

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The Trojan Horse (1961)

GIORGIO FERRONI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 Original Title: La Guerra Di Troia Italy/France/Yugoslavia, 1961. Compagnie Industrielle et Commerciale Cinématographique, Europa Cinematografica, Les Films Modernes, Lovcen Film. Screenplay by Giorgio Ferroni, Ugo Liberatore, Giorgio Stegani, Federico Zardi. Cinematography by Rino Filippini. Produced by Giampaolo Bigazzi. Music by Mario Ammonini, Giovanni Fusco. Production Design by…

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Plácido (1961)

LUIS GARCIA BERLANGA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  Spain, 1961. Jet Films.   Story by Luis García Berlanga, Rafael Azcona, Screenplay by Luis García Berlanga, Rafael Azcona, José Luis Colina, José Luis Font.  Cinematography by Francisco Sempere.   Produced by Alfredo Matas.  Music by Miguel Asins Arbó.   Production Design by Antonio Cortés.   Film Editing by Jose…

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A Raisin In The Sun (1961)

DANIEL PETRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.    USA, 1961.  Columbia Pictures.  Screenplay by Lorraine Hansberry, based on her play.  Cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr..  Produced by Ronald H. Gilbert, Philip Rose, David Susskind.  Music by Laurence Rosenthal.  Production Design by Carl Anderson.  Film Editing by William A. Lyon, Paul Weatherwax.   Lorraine Hansberry wrote…

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I Liza Kai I Alli (1961)

DINOS DIMOPOULOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Greece, 1961.  Finos Film.  Screenplay by Vangelis Goufas.  Cinematography by Walter Lassally.  Music by Manos Hatzidakis.  Production Design by Markos Zervas.  Costume Design by Rita Strogylou.  Film Editing by Petros Lykas. Liza is a poor girl who sells combs in the streets of Monastiraki, arrested after she spends the night sleeping in a furniture…

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The Guns Of Navarone (1961)

J. LEE THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1961.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Highroad Productions.  Screenplay by Carl Foreman, based on the novel by Alistair MacLean.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by Carl Foreman.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Geoffrey Drake.  Film Editing by Alan Osbiston.   The British fighting the Nazis during World War II need to get across the…

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The Mask (1961)

JULIAN ROFFMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  Canada, 1961.  Beaver-Champion Attractions, Taylor Roffman Productions.  Screenplay by Frank Taubes, Sandy Haver, Franklin Delessert, dream sequences by Slavko Vorkapich. Cinematography by Herbert S. Alpert.  Produced by Julian Roffman, Nat Taylor.  Music by Louis Applebaum.  Production Design by Herbert S..   AlpertFilm Editing by Stephen Timar.   Silly B-movie nonsense from the sixties, notable for…

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Goodbye Again (1961)

ANATOLE LITVAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. Alternate title:  Aimez-Vous Brahms? France/USA, 1961.  Argus Film, Mercury Productions.  Screenplay by Samuel A. Taylor, based on the novel Aimez-vous Brahms? by Francoise Sagan.  Cinematography by Armand Thirard.  Produced by Anatole Litvak.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Film Editing by Bert Bates.   Ingrid Bergman is divine as a Paris interior decorator…

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The Phantom Planet (1961)

WILLIAM MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1961.  Four Crown Productions Inc..  Story by Fred Gebhardt, Screenplay by William Telaak, Fred De Gorter, Fred Gebhardt, additional dialogue by William Marshall.  Cinematography by Elwood J. Nicholson.  Produced by Fred Gebhardt.  Production Design by Robert Kinoshita. A spaceship is caught in a tracking beam coming from an unknown source, which…

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King of Kings (1961)

NICHOLAS RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1961.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Philip Yordan.  Cinematography by Manuel Berenguer, Milton R. Krasner, Franz Planer.   Produced by Cecil B. DeMille.  Music by Hugo Riesenfeld.  Production Design by Dan Sayre Groesback, Anton Grot, Julian Harrison, Edward C. Jewell.  Costume Design by Adrian, Earl Luick, Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Anne Bauchens, Harold McLernon.   Biblical epics were…

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Chronicle of a Summer (1961)

EDGAR MORIN, JEAN ROUCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Chronique D’un Ete Alternate title:  Paris 1960 France, 1961.  Argos Films.  Cinematography by Michel Brault, Raoul Coutard, Roger Morilliere, Jean-Jacques Tarbes. Produced by Anatole Dauman, Philippe Lifchitz.  Music by Pierre Barbaud.  Film Editing by Nena Baratier, Francoise Collin, Jean Ravel. Director Jean Rouch and sociologist Edgar Morin made this documentary…

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