Entertaining Mr Sloane (1970)

DOUGLAS HICKOX Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  United Kingdom, 1970.  Canterbury Film Productions.  Screenplay by Clive Exton, based on the play by Joe Orton.  Cinematography by Wolfgang Suschitzky.  Produced by Douglas Kentish.  Music by Georgie Fame.   Production Design by Michael Seymour.  Costume Design by Emma Porteous.  Film Editing by John Trumper. Joe Orton’s best-known play is brought to the big screen three…

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5 Dolls for an August Moon (5 bambole per la luna d’agosto) (1970)

MARIO BAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Italy, 1970.  Produzioni Atlas Consorziate.  Story and Screenplay by Mario di Nardo, based on the novel And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.  Cinematography by Antonio Rinaldi.  Produced by Luigi Alessi.  Music by Piero Umiliani.  Production Design by Giuseppe Aldrovandi.  Costume Design by Giulia Mafai.  Film Editing by Mario Bava. A wealthy industrialist…

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Gas-s-s-s (Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It) (1970)

ROGER CORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1970.  San Jacinto Productions.  Screenplay by George Armitage.  Cinematography by Ron Dexter.  Produced by Roger Corman.  Music by Country Joe and the Fish.  Production Design by David Nichols.  Costume Design by Vana Carroll.  Film Editing by George Van Noy.   Roger Corman combines environmental activism, counterculture exploitation and something of a response to Easy Rider into a flat, forgettable…

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The Christine Jorgensen Story (1970)

IRVING RAPPER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1970.  Edward Small Productions.  Screenplay by Robert E. Kent, Ellis St. Joseph, based on the autiography by Christine Jorgensen.  Cinematography by Jacques R. Marquette.  Produced by Edward Small.  Music by Paul Sawtell, Bert Shefter.  Production Design by Frank Paul Sylos. Costume Design by Moss Mabry.  Film Editing by R.A. Radecki.  Podcasts:  BGM: Bad Gay Movies/Bitchy Gay Men. Christine…

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The Twelve Chairs (1970)

MEL BROOKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1970.  Crossbow Productions, The Twelve Chairs Company, Twelve Chairs Company.  Screenplay by Mel Brooks, based on the novel by Ilya Ilf, Yevgeni Petrov and the translation Diamonds To Sit On by Elizabeth Hill, Doris Mudie.  Cinematography by Djordje Nikolic.  Produced by Michael Hertzberg.  Music by John Morris.  Production Design by Mile Nickolic.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing…

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The Only Game In Town (1970)

GEORGE STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1970.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Frank D. Gilroy, based on his play.  Cinematography by Henri Decae.  Produced by Fred Kohlmar.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Herman A. Blumenthal, Auguste Capelier.  Costume Design by Mia Fonssagrives, Vicki Tiel.  Film Editing by John W. Holmes, William Sands, Pat Shade.   Vegas showgirl Elizabeth Taylor stops at a divey bar…

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Patton

BBBB (out of 5) George C. Scott soars in this fascinating biopic of General George S. Patton.  He makes a name for himself after a successful 1942 campaign against Rommel in North Africa that turns America’s fortunes around, then plays ego games with the British in his subsequent campaign in Sicily.  The general’s eccentric personality, which…

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The Lickerish Quartet

BB (out of 5) In a giant, remote Italian villa, a middle-aged couple watch an erotic film with their son before the wife decides she’s had enough and wants to go out.  They head to a nearby carnival, where they see a stunt woman in a motorcycle spectacle who closely resembles the star of the porn they just…

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The Bird With The Crystal Plumage (L’Uccello Dalle Piume di Cristallo)

BBBB (out of 5) An American writer visiting Rome walks by an art gallery and witnesses a woman being stabbed, blocked from helping her by giant glass doors (in one of the film’s many ingenious sequences) but at least scaring the would-be murderer off and saving the woman from death. The crime is part of…

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Hatchet For The Honeymoon (Blood Brides) (Il Rosso Segno Della Follia)

BBB (out of 5) Stephen Forsyth plays a bridal dress manufacturer who seems to have a harmonious business going on with his older, indulgent wife (Laura Betti). What no one knows is that he is a cold-blooded killer whose childhood-induced Oedipus complex compels him to murder every woman he sees wearing a wedding dress, which is…

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The Boys In the Band

BBBB (out of 5) Mart Crowley’s hit stage play reaches the screen relatively intact, taking place over the course of an evening with nine friends celebrating the birthday of one of their group. All of them are gay men with the exception of one (and we’re left to wonder about him too), as Michael throws…

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I Never Sang For My Father

BBB.5 (out of 5) Gene Hackman plays a New York teacher and writer who has never quite squared off his feelings for his tough, proud father (Melvyn Douglas) but is now forced to deal with him directly in light of his parents’ increasing age.  Hackman is looking forward to moving on after the death of his…

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