Charly (1968)

RALPH NELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   USA, 1968.  ABC Pictures, Robertson and Associates, Selmur Productions.  Screenplay by Stirling Silliphant, based on the novel Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes.  Cinematography by Arthur J. Ornitz.  Produced by Ralph Nelson.  Music by Ravi Shankar.  Production Design by John DeCuir.   Costume Design by Hazel Roy.  Film Editing by Fredric Steinkamp.   Cliff Robertson plays…

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Oliver! (1968)

CAROL REED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5. United Kingdom, 1968.  Romulus Films, Warwick Film Productions.  Screenplay by Vernon Harris, based on the musical book by Lionel Bart, freely adapted from the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by John Woolf.  Music by Johnny Green.  Production Design by John Box.  Costume Design by Phyllis Dalton.  Film Editing by Ralph…

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Romeo And Juliet (1968)

FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/Italy, 1968.  BHE Films, Verona Produzione, Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica.  Screenplay by Franco Brusati, Masolino D’Amico, Franco Zeffirelli, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Pasqualino de Santis.   Produced by John Brabourne, Anthony Havelock-Allan.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Lorenzo Mongiardino.  Costume Design by Danilo Donati.  Film Editing by…

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The Odd Couple (1968)

GENE SAKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1968.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Neil Simon, based on his play.  Cinematography by Robert B. Hauser.  Produced by Howard W. Koch.  Music by Neal Hefti.  Production Design by Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler.  Costume Design by Jack Bear.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.   Neil Simon’s most popular play is turned into a film that…

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Isadora (1968)

KAREL REISZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/France, 1968.  Hakim, Paris Film, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Melvyn Bragg, Clive Exton, additional dialogue by Margaret Drabble, based on the books Isadora Duncan An Intimate Portrait by Sewell Stokes, and My Life by Isadora Duncan.  Cinematography by Larry Pizer.  Produced by Raymond Hakim, Robert Hakim.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by…

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The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter (1968)

ROBERT ELLIS MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1968.  Warner Brothers/Seven Arts.  Screenplay by Thomas C. Ryan, based on the novel by Carson McCullers.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Marc Merson, Thomas C. Ryan.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by LeRoy Deane.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by John F. Burnett.   Moving film adaptation of the novel by…

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Planet Of The Apes (1968)

FRANKLIN J. SCHAFFNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.   USA, 1968.  APJAC Productions, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Michael Wilson, Rod Serling, based on the novel by Pierre Boulle.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Arthur P. Jacobs.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by William J. Creber, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design by Morton Haack.  Film Editing by Hugh S. Fowler.  …

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Rachel, Rachel (1968)

PAUL NEWMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1968.  Kayos Productions.  Screenplay by Stewart Stern, based on the novel by Margaret Laurence.  Cinematography by Gayne Rescher.  Produced by Paul Newman.  Music by Jerome Moross.  Production Design by Robert Gundlach.  Costume Design by Domingo A. Rodriguez.  Film Editing by Dede Allen.   Fascinating film that was shocking for the sixties and is deep, absorbing viewing…

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Stolen Kisses (1968)

FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB. Original title:  Baisers Voles France, 1968.  Les Films du Carrosse, Les Productions Artistes Associes.  Scenario and dialogue by Francois Truffaut, Claude de Givray, Bernard Revon.  Cinematography by Denys Clerval.  Produced by Marcel Berbert, Francois Truffaut.  Music by Antoine Duhamel.  Production Design by Claude Pignot.  Film Editing by Agnes Guillemot.   Podcast: My Criterions. The second feature concerning…

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Funny Girl (1968)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1968.  Columbia Pictures Corporation,  Rastar Productions.Screenplay by Isobel Lennart, based on her play.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Jule Styne.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film Editing by William Sands, Maury Winetrobe.   The life of Fanny Brice made its way to the big…

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The Battle Of Algiers (1966)

GILLO PONTECORVO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  La Battaglia Di Algeria Italy/Algeria, 1966.  Casbah Film, Igor Film.  Screenplay by Gillo Pontecorvo, Franco Solinas.  Cinematography by Marcello Gatti.  Produced by Antonio Musu, Yacef Saadi.  Music by Ennio Morricone, Gillo Pontecorvo.  Production Design by Sergio Canevari.  Costume Design by Giovanni Axerio.  Film Editing by Mario Morra, Mario Serandrei.  Podcast:  My Criterions.  This marvelous political drama…

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The Firemen’s Ball (1967)

MILOS FORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5 Original title:  Hori, Ma Panenko Czechoslovakia/Italy, 1967.  Carlo Ponti Cinematografica, Filmové studio Barrandov.  Story by Vaclav Sasek, Screenplay by Milos Forman, Jaroslav Papousek, Ivan Passer.  Cinematography by Miroslav Ondricek.  Produced by Rudolf Hajek.  Music by Karel Mares.  Production Design by Karel Cerny.  Costume Design by Zdena Snajdarova.  Film Editing by Miroslav Hajek.   Small-town Czech firemen decide to…

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