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 Dorothy Heyward.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by George Gershwin.  Production Design by Oliver Smith.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film…

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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 Billy Wilder.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.  Academy Awards 1959.  Golden Globe Awards 1959. This hysterical comedy…

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The Bridge (1959)

BERNARD WICKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Die Brucke West Germany, 1959.  Fono Film.  Screenplay by Michael Mansfeld, Karl-Wilhelm Vivier, based on the novel by Manfred Gregor.  Cinematography by Gerd von Bonin.  Produced by Hermann Schwerin.  Music by Hans-Martin Majewski.  Production Design by Heinrich Graf Bruhl, Peter Scharff.  Costume Design by Josef Wanke.  Film Editing by Carl Otto Bartning.  Academy Awards 1959.  Golden Globe Awards…

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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 Wald.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Mark-Lee Kirk, Jack Martin Smith, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Adele Palmer.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson.  Academy Awards 1959….

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Imitation Of Life (1959)

DOUGLAS SIRK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1959.  Universal International Pictures.  Screenplay by Eleanor Griffin, Allan Scott, based on the novel by Fannie Hurst.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Ross Hunter.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Richard H. Riedel.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.  Academy Awards 1959.  Golden Globe Awards 1959.   The subliminal messages in this…

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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 eatery. The defendant (Ben Gazzara in one of his earliest roles) killed the murder victim because he allegedly raped his provocatively sexy wife (Lee Remick, also…

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Journey To The Center Of The Earth (1959)

HENRY LEVIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1959.  Twentieth Century Fox, Cooga Mooga, Joseph M. Schenck Enterprises.  Screenplay by Walter Reisch, Charles Brackett, based on the novel Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne.  Cinematography by Leo Tover.  Produced by Charles Brackett.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by Franz Bachelin, Herman A. Blumenthal, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by David Ffolkes.  Film Editing…

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The 400 Blows (1959)

FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  Original title:  Les Quatres Cents Coups France, 1959.  Les Films du Carrosse, Sédif Productions. Scenario by Francois Truffaut, Adaptation by Francois Truffaut, Marcel Moussy, dialogue by Marcel Moussy.  Cinematography by Henri Decae.  Produced by Francois Truffaut.  Music by Jean Constantin.  Production Design by Bernard Evein.  Film Editing by Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte.  Academy Awards 1959.  Cannes Film Festival…

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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 De Vol.  Production Design by Richard H. Riedel.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.  Academy Awards 1959.  Golden Globe Awards 1959.   The first of three hugely…

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Ben-Hur (1959)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1959.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Karl Tunberg, based on the novel by Lew Wallace.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Sam Zimbalist.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Vittorio Valentini.  Costume Design by Elizabeth Haffenden.  Film Editing by John D. Duning, Ralph E. Winters.  Academy Awards 1959.  Golden Globe Awards 1959.   “Gorgeously junky” is how uncredited screenwriter…

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The Diary Of Anne Frank (1959)

GEORGE STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1959.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, George Stevens Productions.  Screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, based on their play, from the book Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor.  Produced by George Stevens.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Lyle…

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Sleeping Beauty (1959)

CLYDE GERONIMI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1959.  Walt Disney Productions.  Story adaptation by Erdman Penner, additional story by Joe Rinaldi, Winston Hibler, Bill Peet, Ted Sears, Ralph Wright, Milt Banta, based on the story by Charles Perrault.  Produced by Walt Disney.  Music by George Bruns.  Production Design by Ken Anderson, Don DaGradi.  Film Editing by Roy M. Brewer…

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