My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Porgy And Bess (1959)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1959.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by N. Richard Nash, based on the musical by DuBose Heyward, from the play by … Continue reading

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October 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Some Like It Hot (1959)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1959.  Ashton Productions, The Mirisch Corporation.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, suggested by a story by Robert Thoeren, Michael Logan.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by … Continue reading

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February 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Bridge (Die Brucke)

BBBB (out of 5) In this powerful anti-war film, seven students in a tiny German village join the war effort at the tender age of 16 with dreams of becoming … Continue reading

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February 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Best Of Everything (1959)

JEAN NEGULESCO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1959.  Jerry Wald Productions.  Screenplay by Edith R. Sommer, Mann Rubin, based on the novel by Rona Jaffe.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor.  Produced by Jerry … Continue reading

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February 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Imitation Of Life (1959)

BBBB (out of 5) The subliminal messages in this Douglas Sirk soaper are just as timely as they were in All That Heaven Allows, even though the overall effect isn’t … Continue reading

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January 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Anatomy Of A Murder

BBBB (out of 5) Small-town lawyer James Stewart returns from a fishing trip to discover that he is required to defend a soldier who shot a bartender at the town’s local … Continue reading

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December 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Journey To The Center Of The Earth (1959)

BBB (out of 5) New advances in stop-motion animation technology were encouraging movie producers of the fifties to create lots of deliciously pulpy science-fiction films for mass audiences to enjoy. … Continue reading

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November 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

The 400 Blows (Les Quatres Cents Coups)

BBBBB (out of 5) Classic coming-of-age masterpiece about a young boy (Jean-Pierre Léaud) growing up in Paris with a negligent mother and an assortment of charismatic friends.  He enjoys moments … Continue reading

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August 28, 2013 · 1 Comment

Pillow Talk (1959)

MICHAEL GORDON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1959.  Arwin Productions.  Story by Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene, Screenplay by Stanley Shapiro, Maurice Richlin.  Cinematography by Arthur E. Arling.  Produced by Ross Hunter, Martin Melcher.  Music by Frank … Continue reading

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August 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ben-Hur

BBB.5 (out of 5) “Gorgeously junky” is how uncredited screenwriter Gore Vidal described this pseudo-Bible epic, and no truer word could possibly be said about it. Everything about this expansive … Continue reading

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August 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Diary Of Anne Frank

BBBB (out of 5) Countless versions of this story, including Broadway revivals, television movies and even an Oscar-winning documentary have been made since this was filmed in 1959. Based on … Continue reading

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August 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Sleeping Beauty

BBB (out of 5) This Cinemascope animated film features beautiful artwork inspired by Russian folk art and is presented with Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty themes as background music (with some lyrics … Continue reading

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August 9, 2013 · Leave a comment