A Very Special Favor (1965)

MICHAEL GORDON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1965.  The Lankershim Company, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Stanley Shapiro, Nate Monaster.  Cinematography by Leo Tover.  Produced by Stanley Shapiro.  Music by Vic Mizzy.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Walter M. Simonds.  Costume Design by Yves Saint-Laurent.  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth.   Lawyer Charles Boyer, is appalled to learn that the reason he lost a … More A Very Special Favor (1965)

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A Thousand Clowns

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jason Robards is raising his whipsmart nephew (Barry Gordon) after the boy’s mother left him without explanation, but thanks to his sharing his unconventional view of life with the boy(working every day is for suckers!) has inspired the concern of the welfare board.  Tightass William Daniels and a delightful Barbara Harris (in her … More A Thousand Clowns

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Falstaff (Chimes At Midnight) (1965)

ORSON WELLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  France/Spain/Switzerland, 1965.  Internacional Films, Alpine Films.  Screenplay by Orson Welles, based on the book by Raphael Holinshed, and the plays of William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Edmond Richard.  Produced by Angel Escolano, Emiliano Piedra, Harry Saltzman.  Music by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino.  Production Design by Mariano Erdoiza.  Costume Design by Orson Welles.  Film Editing by Elena Jaumandreu, … More Falstaff (Chimes At Midnight) (1965)

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Operation Crossbow

BBB (out of 5) British intelligence sends three men across enemy lines during World War II to find and infiltrate a Nazi factory, where the Germans are creating rocket technology that they will use to destroy London. George Peppard and Tom Courtenay are already parachuting down from their planes when an intelligence error results in … More Operation Crossbow

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The Sandpiper

B (out of 5) Bohemian artist Elizabeth Taylor (who despite the trappings is wonderful) has her idyllic life by the sea interrupted when her son, who she is trying to raise as a free-thinking nature boy, gets into serious trouble and is forced to attend a religious boarding school. The pastor who runs the place (Richard Burton, … More The Sandpiper

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Story Of A Prostitute (Comfort Women) (Joy Girls) (Shunpu Den)

BBBB (out of 5) Seijun Suzuki combines the worst tragedies of war with its most absurd realities. Harumi is a fallen woman who was rejected by the man she loved, so she travels to Manchuria to work at a brothel that the Japanese regiment has set up for its men. She and a group of girls … More Story Of A Prostitute (Comfort Women) (Joy Girls) (Shunpu Den)

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Inside Daisy Clover

BBBB (out of 5) Natalie Wood is terrific as a teenager living on a grimy boardwalk in 1930s California with her mentally unstable, tarot-card reading mother (Ruth Gordon). When a film studio head (Christopher Plummer) gets wind of a record that shows off her enormously charming voice, Wood is whisked away to the stardom she dreams of, … More Inside Daisy Clover

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