Summer And Smoke (1961)

PETER GLENVILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1961. Hal Wallis Productions. Screenplay by James Poe, Meade Roberts, based on the play by Tennessee Williams. Cinematography by Charles Lang. Produced by Hal B. Wallis. Music by Elmer Bernstein. Production Design by Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler. Costume Design by Edith Head. Film Editing by…

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Plácido (1961)

LUIS GARCIA BERLANGA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  Spain, 1961. Jet Films.   Story by Luis García Berlanga, Rafael Azcona, Screenplay by Luis García Berlanga, Rafael Azcona, José Luis Colina, José Luis Font.  Cinematography by Francisco Sempere.   Produced by Alfredo Matas.  Music by Miguel Asins Arbó.   Production Design by Antonio Cortés.   Film Editing by Jose…

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The Guns Of Navarone (1961)

J. LEE THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1961.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Highroad Productions.  Screenplay by Carl Foreman, based on the novel by Alistair MacLean.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by Carl Foreman.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Geoffrey Drake.  Film Editing by Alan Osbiston.   The British fighting the Nazis during World War II need to get across the…

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One, Two, Three (1961)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1961.  Bavaria Film, The Mirisch Corporation, Pyramid Productions.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on the play Egy, Ketto, Harom by Ferenc Molnar. Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Robert Stratil, Heinrich Weidemann.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.   James Cagney gives a terrific…

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The Parent Trap (1961)

DAVID SWIFT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1961.  Walt Disney Productions.  Screenplay by David Swift, based on the book Das Doppelte Lottchen by Erich Kastner.  Cinematography by Lucien Ballard.  Produced by Walt Disney.  Music by Paul J. Smith.  Production Design by Carroll Clark, Robert Clatworthy.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Philip W. Anderson.   Disney could have found no better use for…

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The Hustler (1961)

ROBERT ROSSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1961.  Rossen Films, Twentieth Century Fox. Screenplay by Sidney Carroll, Robert Rossen, based on the novel by Walter Tevis.  Cinematography by Eugen Schufftan.  Produced by Robert Rossen.  Music by Kenyon Hopkins.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Ruth Morley.  Film Editing by Dede Allen.   Paul Newman solidified his already established status with this perennial…

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General Della Rovere (1959)

ROBERTO ROSSELLINI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  Il Generale Della Rovere Italy/France, 1959.  Zebra Films, Société Nouvelle des Établissements Gaumont.  Screenplay by Sergio Amidei, Diego Fabbri, Indro Montanelli, Roberto Rossellini, based on the novel by Indro Montanelli.  Cinematography by Carlo Carlini.  Produced by Alain Poire.  Music by Renzo Rossellini.  Production Design by Piero Zuffi.  Costume Design by Piero Zuffi.  Film Editing by Cesare…

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West Side Story (1961)

ROBERT WISE, JEROME ROBBINS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  The Mirisch Corporation, Seven Arts Productions.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, from the play conceived by Jerome Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents, adapted from the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Robert Wise.  Music by Leonard Bernstein.  Production Design by Boris Leven.  Costume Design by…

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Lover Come Back (1961)

DELBERT MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1961.   7 Pictures, Nob Hill Productions Inc., Arwin Productions.    Screenplay by Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning.    Cinematography by Arthur E. Arling.   Produced by Martin Melcher, Stanley Shapiro.    Music by Frank De Vol.    Production Design by Robert Clatworthy, Alexander Golitzen.    Costume Design by Irene.    Film Editing by Marjorie Fowler.     After…

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Judgment At Nuremberg (1961)

STANLEY KRAMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1961.  Roxlom Films Inc..  Screenplay by Abby Mann, based on his original story.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Stanley Kramer.  Music by Ernest Gold.  Production Design by Rudolph Sternad.  Costume Design by Joe King.  Film Editing by Frederic Knudtson.   Abby Mann adapted his riveting teleplay for the big screen and the results are…

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Flower Drum Song (1961)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1961.  Universal International Pictures, Fields Productions.   Screenplay by Joseph Fields, based on the stage play by Joseph Fields, Oscar Hammerstein II, from the novel by C.Y. Lee.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Ross Hunter.   Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Joseph C. Wright.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film…

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Fanny (1961)

JOSHUA LOGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1961.  Warner Bros., Mansfield Productions. Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, based on the play by S.N. Behrman, Joshua Logan, from the Marseilles trilogy by Marcel Pagnol.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Joshua Logan.  Music by Harold Rome.  Production Design by Rino Mondellini.  Costume Design by Anne-Marie Marchand.  Film Editing by William Reynolds.  …

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