Designing Woman (1957)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1957.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by George Wells, from a story by Helen Rose.  Cinematography by John Alton.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Andre Previn. Production Design by E. Preston Ames, William A. Horning.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan. Sports reporter Gregory…

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Rollerball (1975)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   United Kingdom/USA, 1975.  Algonquin.  Screenplay by William Harrison, based on his short story Roller Ball Murder).  Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by Norman Jewison.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by John Box.  Costume Design by Julie Harris.  Film Editing by Antony Gibbs.   In 2018, war has been abolished and so has any form of government, replaced…

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The Girl Who Had Everything (1953)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1953.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Art Cohn, based on the novel by Adela Rogers St. John and the play by Willard Mack.  Cinematography by Paul Vogel.  Produced by Armand Deutsch.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Randall Duell, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ben Lewis.   After a Washington attorney…

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Inside Daisy Clover (1965)

ROBERT MULLIGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1965.  Park Place Production, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Gavin Lambert, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Alan J. Pakula.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Aaron Stell.   Natalie Wood is terrific as a teenager living on a grimy boardwalk in…

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The Fortune Cookie (1966)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1966.  The Mirisch Corporation, Phalanx-Jalem.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Robert Luthardt.  Costume Design by Charles Arrico, Paula Giokaris.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.   This was the first time that Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau were teamed up on screen, and…

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Irma La Douce (1963)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1963.  The Mirisch Corporation, Phalanx Productions.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on the play by Alexandre Breffort.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Edward L. Alperson, Billy Wilder.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.   The idea here was to reunite the cast and…

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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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Dead Ringer (1964)

PAUL HENREID Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1964.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Albert Beich, Oscar Millard, based on the story La Otra aka Dead Pigeon by Rian James.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by William H. Wright.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Perry Ferguson.  Costume Design by Donfeld.  Film Editing by Folmar Blangsted.   It’s hard to contain Bette Davis into one…

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Bad Day At Black Rock (1955)

JOHN STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1955.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Millard Kaufman, adaptation by Don McGuire, based on a story by Howard Breslin.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor.  Produced by Dore Schary.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Malcolm Brown, Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Newell P. Kimlin.   When army veteran Spencer Tracy gets off the train in…

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Gigi (1958)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1958.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner, based on the novel by Colette.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Andre Previn, Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by Cecil Beaton.  Costume Design by Cecil Beaton.  Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan.    Vincente Minnelli’s beautifully shot musical comedy was among the great achievements…

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Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1973.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Melvyn Bragg, Norman Jewison, based on the rock opera by Tim Rice.  Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by Norman Jewison, Robert Stigwood.  Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Andre Previn.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald.  Costume Design by Yvonne Blake.  Film Editing by Antony Gibbs.   A group of hippies take a…

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Elmer Gantry (1960)

RICHARD BROOKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1960.  Elmer Gantry Productions.  Screenplay by Richard Brooks, based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis.   Cinematography by John Alton.    Produced by Bernard Smith.  Music by Andre Previn.   Production Design by Edward Carrere.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins.  Film Editing by Marjorie Fowler.  In an Oscar-winning role, Burt Lancaster is lively as…

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