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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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.  New…

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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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High Society (1956)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Sol C. Siegel Productions.  Screenplay by John Patrick, based on the play The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry.  Cinematography by Paul Vogel.  Produced by Sol C. Siegel.  Music by Cole Porter.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.  Academy Awards 1956.   Delightful musical version of…

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Written On The Wind (1956)

DOUGLAS SIRK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1956.  Universal International Pictures.  Screenplay by George Zuckerman, based on the novel by Robert Wilder.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Albert Zugsmith.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy, Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas, Jay A. Morley Jr..  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth.  Academy Awards 1956.  Golden Globe Awards 1956.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   Douglas…

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Richard III (1955)

BBBB (out of 5) Once you get over the silly fake nose and wig that seems to come out of an episode of The Smurfs, you’ll thoroughly enjoy Laurence Olivier‘s full-blooded performance as the title character of Shakespeare’s bloody play. Olivier also directs this excellent production, filmed in gorgeous colour with a fantastic cast that…

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The Ladykillers (1955)

ALEXANDER MACKENDRICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1955.  The Rank Organisation, Ealing Studios.  Story and Screenplay by William Rose.  Cinematography by Otto Heller.  Produced by Michael Balcon.  Music by Tristram Cary.  Production Design by Jim Morahan.  Costume Design by Anthony Mendleson.  Film Editing by Jack Harris.  Academy Awards 1955.   Positively hysterical comedy that makes for one of the very best of the Ealing…

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The Bad Seed (1956)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1956.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, based on the play by Maxwell Anderson, from the novel by William March. Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Mervyn LeRoy.  Music by Alex North.  Production Design by John Beckman.  Costume Design by Moss Mabry.  Film Editing by Warren Low.  Academy Awards 1956.  Golden Globe Awards 1956.  …

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The King And I (1956)

WALTER LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB USA, 1956.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, from the musical play by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on the novel Anna and the King Of Siam by Margaret Landon.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Charles Brackett.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by John DeCuir, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film Editing by…

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Bus Stop (1956)

JOSHUA LOGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1956.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by George Axelrod, based on the play by William Inge.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.   Produced by Buddy Adler.   Music by Cyril J. Mockridge, Alfred Newman.   Production Design by Mark-Lee Kirk, Lyle R. Wheeler.   Costume Design by Travilla.    Film Editing by William Reynolds.    Academy…

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The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956)

RICHARD QUINE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1956.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Abe Burrows, based on the play by George S. Kaufman, Howard Teichmann.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Fred Kohlmar.  Music by Cyril J. Mockridge.  Production Design by Ross Bellah.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Charles Nelson.  Academy Awards 1956.  Golden Globe Awards 1956. Fans of Judy…

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