Earthquake (1974)

MARK ROBSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1974.  Universal Pictures, The Filmakers Group.  Screenplay by George Fox, Mario Puzo.  Cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop.  Produced by Mark Robson.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Burton Miller.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer. Released at the height of the…

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The Towering Inferno (1974)

JOHN GUILLERMIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1974.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Warner Bros., Irwin Allen Productions.  Screenplay by Stirling Silliphant, based on the novels The Glass Inferno by Thomas N. Scortia, Frank M. Robinson, and The Tower by Richard Martin Stern.  Cinematography by Fred J. Koenekamp.  Produced by Irwin Allen.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by…

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Catsplay (1974)

KAROLY MAKK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Alternate title:  Cat’s Play Original title:  Macskajatek Hungary, 1974.  Hunnia Játékfilmstúdió.  Screenplay by Karoly Makk, Janos Toth, based on the novel by Istvan Orkeny.  Cinematography by Janos Toth.  Music by Peter Eotvos.  Production Design by Jozsef Romvari.  Costume Design by Nelly Vago.  Film Editing by Gyorgy Sivo.  Academy Awards 1974.  Cannes Film Festival 1974.   Karoly Makk follows the film…

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The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz (1974)

TED KOTCHEFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Canada, 1974.  Astral Bellevue Pathé, Canadian Film Development Corporation, Duddy Kravitz Syndicate, Famous Players, International Cinemedia Center, United Welco.  Screenplay by Mordecai Richler, adaptation by Lionel Chetwynd, based on the novel by Mordecai Richler.  Cinematography by Brian West.  Produced by John Kemeny.  Production Design by Anne Pritchard.  Costume Design by Louise Jobin, Francois Laplante,…

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Day For Night (1973)

FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  La Nuit Americaine France/Italy, 1973.  Les Films du Carrosse, PECF, Produzione Intercontinentale Cinematografica.  Screenplay by Francois Truffaut, Jean-Louis Richard, Suzanne Schiffman.  Cinematography by Pierre-William Glenn.  Produced by Marcel Berbert.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Damien Lanfranchi.  Costume Design by Monique Dury.  Film Editing by Martine Barraqué, Yann Dedet.  Academy Awards 1973.  Golden Globe…

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Harry And Tonto (1974)

PAUL MAZURSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1974.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Paul Mazursky, Josh Greenfeld.  Cinematography by Michael C. Butler.  Produced by Paul Mazursky.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Richard Halsey.  Academy Awards 1974.  Golden Globe Awards 1974.    National Board of Review Awards 1974.   Aging New Yorker Harry…

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Lacombe Lucien (1974)

LOUIS MALLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB. France/West Germany/Italy, 1974.  Nouvelles Editions de Films, Universal Pictures, Vides Cinematografica, Hallelujah Films.  Screenplay by Louis Malle, Patrick Modiano.  Cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli.  Produced by Louis Malle, Claude Nedjar.  Production Design by Ghislain Uhry.  Costume Design by Corinne Jorry.  Film Editing by Suzanne Baron.  Academy Awards 1974.  Golden Globe Awards 1974.  National Board of Review…

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Lenny (1974)

BOB FOSSE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1974.  Marvin Worth Productions.  Screenplay by Julian Barry, based on his play.  Cinematography by Bruce Surtees.  Produced by Marvin Worth.  Music by Ralph Burns.  Production Design by Joel Schiller.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Alan Heim.  Academy Awards 1974.  Cannes Film Festival 1975.  Golden Globe Awards 1974.  National Board of Review Awards 1974.  New…

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Amarcord (1973)

FEDERICO FELLINI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Italy/France, 1973.  F.C. Produzioni, PECF.  Story and Screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tonino Guerra.  Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno. Produced by Franco Cristaldi.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Danilo Donati.  Costume Design by Danilo Donati.  Film Editing by Ruggero Mastroianni. Podcast:  My Criterions.  Academy Awards 1974.  Academy Awards 1975.  Golden Globe Awards 1974.  National Board of Review Awards…

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Murder On The Orient Express (1974)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1974.  EMI Film Distributors, G.W. Films Limited.  Screenplay by Paul Dehn, based on the novel by Agatha Christie.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth.  Produced by John Brabourne, Richard B. Goodwin.  Music by Richard Rodney Bennett.  Production Design by Tony Walton.  Costume Design by Tony Walton.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.  Academy Awards 1974.  National Board of Review Awards…

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Hearts And Minds

BBBBB (out of 5) The best film ever made about Vietnam, period. This absorbing, fascinating and heartbreaking documentary chronicles the American political climate from the Communist witch hunt McCarthy/Hoover era, when American awareness of the Vietnam situation first hit widespread public consciousness, through to the fighting on the battlefields and the effects felt back home…

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The Godfather Part II (1974)

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1974.  Paramount Pictures, The Coppola Company.  Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo, based on the novel The Godfather by Mario Puzo.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Francis Ford Coppola.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Dean Tavoularis.  Costume Design by Theadora Van Runkle.  Film Editing by Barry Malkin, Richard Marks, Peter…

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