Mary Queen of Scots (1971)

CHARLES JARROTT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 1971.  Universal Pictures, Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by John Hale.  Cinematography by Christopher Challis.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Terence Marsh.  Costume Design by Margaret Furse.  Film Editing by Richard Marden.  Academy Awards 1971.  Golden Globe Awards 1971. The most celebrated girlfight in western political history is the…

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The Hospital (1971)

ARTHUR HILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   USA, 1971.  Simcha Productions.   Screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Howard Gottfried.  Music by Morris Surdin.  Production Design by Gene Rudolf.  Costume Design by Frank L. Thompson.  Film Editing by Eric Albertson.  Academy Awards 1971.  Golden Globe Awards 1971. George C. Scott dominates this fascinating black comedy that seeks to tear a…

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The Emigrants (1971)

JAN TROELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Utvandrarna Sweden, 1971.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Bengt Forslund, Jan Troell, based on the novels by Vilhelm Moberg.  Cinematography by Jan Troell.  Produced by Bengt Forslund.  Music by Erik Nordgren.  Production Design by P.A. Lundgren.  Costume Design by Ulla-Britt Soderlund.  Film Editing by Jan Troell.  Academy Awards 1971.  Academy Awards 1972.  Golden Globe Awards 1972. …

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What’s The Matter With Helen? (1971)

CURTIS HARRINGTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1971.  Filmways Pictures, Raymax Productions.  Screenplay by Henry Farrell.  Cinematography by Lucien Ballard.  Produced by George Edwards.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by Eugène Lourié.  Costume Design by Morton Haack.  Film Editing by William Reynolds.  Academy Awards 1971. Delightfully campy indulgence in horror stars Debbie Reynolds and Shelley Winters as two complete opposites united by their sons;…

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Kotch (1971)

JACK LEMMON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1971.  American Broadcasting Company, Kotch Company Productions.  Screenplay by John Paxton, based on the novel by Katharine Topkins.  Cinematography by Richard H. Kline.  Produced by Richard Carter.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Jack Poplin. Costume Design by John A. Anderson.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.  Academy Awards 1971.  Golden Globe Awards 1971 Walter Matthau enjoys…

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The Go-Between (1971)

JOSEPH LOSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1971.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer British Studios, EMI Films, World Film Services.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by L.P. Hartley.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by John Heyman, Norman Priggen.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Production Design by Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by John Furniss.  Film Editing by Reginald Beck.  Academy Awards 1971.  Cannes Film Festival…

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The Andromeda Strain (1971)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1971.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Nelson Gidding, based on the novel by Michael Crichton.  Cinematography by Richard H. Kline.  Produced by Robert Wise.  Music by Gil Melle.  Production Design by Boris Leven.  Costume Design by Helen Colvig.  Film Editing by Stuart Gilmore, John W. Holmes.  Academy Awards 1971.  Golden Globe Awards 1971. A deadly virus is the evil…

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Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory

BBB.5 (out of 5) Roald Dahl’s most popular novel arrives on the silver screen with lots of fun in store for everyone. In need of someone to leave his beloved chocolate factory to, Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) decides to hold a contest and let the winner be the heir to his fortune. He puts a…

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Bedknobs And Broomsticks

BBB (out of 5) In this special-effects laden Disney film, three London children are sent out of the city to live in the country during World War II to avoid dangerous air raids. They go to live with a woman (Angela Lansbury) whom they discover is an apprentice witch, and the eldest of the three…

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Shaft (1971)

GORDON PARKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1971.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Shaft Productions. Screenplay by Ernest Tidyman, John D.F. Black, based on the novel by Ernest Tidyman. Cinematography by Urs Furrer.  Produced by Joel Freeman.  Music by Isaac Hayes, J.J. Johnson.  Production Design by Emanuel Gerard.  Costume Design by Joseph G. Aulisi. Film Editing by Hugh A. Robertson.  Academy Awards 1971.  Golden Globe…

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Summer Of ’42 (1971)

ROBERT MULLIGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1971.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Herman Raucher.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Richard Roth.    Music by Michel Legrand.   Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Jerry Alpert, Joanne Haas.  Film Editing by Folmar Blangsted.  Academy Awards 1971.  Golden Globe Awards 1971.  National Society of Film Critics Awards 1971.   Coming-of-age schmaltz about a teenaged boy…

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When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth (1970)

VAL GUEST Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  United Kingdom, 1970.  Hammer Films.  Screenplay by Val Guest, treatment by J.G. Ballard.  Cinematography by Dick Bush.  Produced by Aida Young.  Music by Mario Nascimbene.  Production Design by John Blezard.  Costume Design by Carl Toms.  Film Editing by Peter Curran.  Academy Awards 1970.   Definitely worth watching for the kitsch factor if not the visual effects, which…

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