It Started In Naples (1960)

MELVILLE SHAVELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1960.  Capri Productions, Paramount Pictures.  Story by Michael Pertwee, Jack Davies, Screenplay by Melville Shavelson, Jack Rose, Suso Cecchi D’Amico.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Jack Rose.  Music by Alessandro Cicognini, Carlo Savina.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Orietta Nasalli-Rocca.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.  Academy Awards 1960.  Golden Globe Awards … More It Started In Naples (1960)

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Sons And Lovers

BBBB (out of 5) Adaptation of the second half of D.H. Lawrence’s masterful novel that takes liberties with dramatization but has at its core the same essential focus, a relationship between mother and son that has near-Oedipal levels of dependence. Wendy Hiller is perfectly cast as the woman who takes the disappointment of her marriage to a … More Sons And Lovers

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Sunrise At Campobello

BBB (out of 5) Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Ralph Bellamy) is enjoying wife and family at his summer home on Campobello Island in New Brunswick when pain in his back and fatigue in his legs turns out to be the onset of the polio virus. Wife Eleanor (Greer Garson) is immensely concerned and becomes devoted to his … More Sunrise At Campobello

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The Entertainer

BBBB (out of 5) Laurence Olivier extended his appeal to a whole new generation of filmgoers when he took on the title role in John Osborne’s play and later film, entering the British New Wave movement that was making his more pristine earlier efforts look dated and snobby.  He plays a fading music hall entertainer who … More The Entertainer

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The Alamo

BB (out of 5) Three hours of wet matches is what you will get from this bland disaster, starring and directed by the Duke himself. John Wayne as Davy Crockett, Richard Widmark as Col. Jim Bowie and Laurence Harvey as Col. William Travis defend the now mythical mission, where rebels held strong against the Mexican army determined to … More The Alamo

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The Magnificent Seven (1960)

JOHN STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1960.  The Mirisch Company, Alpha Productions, Alpha.  Screenplay by William Roberts, based on the screenplay Shichinin No Samurai by Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by John Sturges.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Edward Fitzgerald.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.  Academy Awards 1960.   Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai is remade for the … More The Magnificent Seven (1960)

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