Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)

OSSIE DAVIS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1970. Formosa Productions. Screenplay by Arnold Perl, Ossie Davis, based on the novel by Chester Himes. Cinematography by Gerald Hirschfeld. Produced by Samuel Goldwyn Jr.. Music by Galt MacDermot. Production Design by Emanuel Gerard. Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone. Film Editing by Robert Q. Lovett….

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David And Lisa (1962)

FRANK PERRY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1962. Lisa and David Company, Vision Associates Productions. Screenplay by Eleanor Perry, based on the book by Theodore Isaac Rubin. Cinematography by Leonard Hirschfield. Produced by Paul M. Heller. Music by Mark Lawrence. Production Design by Paul M. Heller. Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone. Film…

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Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973)

GILBERT CATES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1973.  Rastar Pictures, Bright-Persky Associates.  Screenplay by Stewart Stern.  Cinematography by Gerald Hirschfeld.  Produced by Jack Brodsky, Gilbert Cates.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by Peter Dohanos.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.   Film Editing by Sidney Katz.  Joanne Woodward plays a posh New York…

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The Swimmer (1968)

FRANK PERRY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.    USA, 1968.  Horizon Pictures.  Screenplay by Eleanor Perry, based on the story by John Cheever.   Cinematography by David L. Quaid.    Produced by Roger H. Lewis, Frank Perry.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Peter Dohanos.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by…

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Bye Bye Braverman (1968)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   USA, 1968.  Warner Brothers/Seven Arts.  Screenplay by Herbert Sargent, based on the novel To An Early Grave by Wallace Markfield.  Cinematography by Boris Kaufman.   Produced by Sidney Lumet.  Music by Peter Matz.  Production Design by Ben Kasazkow.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg.  George Segal is fighting with…

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The Last Tycoon (1976)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.   USA, 1976.  Academy Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone, Anthea Sylbert.  Film Editing by Richard Marks.  F. Scott Fitzgerald’s stories frequently take place…

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America America (1963)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1963.  Athena Enterprises, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Elia Kazan.  Cinematography by Haskell Wexler.  Produced by Elia Kazan.  Music by Manos Hatzidakis.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Dede Allen.  Actors Index:  John Marley.   After a decade of scintillating stage and literary adaptations, director Elia Kazan turns to more…

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Play It Again, Sam (1972)

HERBERT ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1972.  Paramount Pictures, Rollins-Joffe Productions, APJAC Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen, based on his play.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Arthur P. Jacobs.  Music by Billy Goldenberg.  Production Design by Ed Wittstein.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Marion Rothman. Hysterical comedy, adapted by Woody Allen from his own play. He plays a…

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On The Waterfront (1954)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 1954.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Horizon Pictures.  Story and Screenplay by Budd Schulberg, suggested by articles by Malcolm Johnson.  Cinematography by Boris Kaufman.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Leonard Bernstein.  Production Design by Richard Day.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone, Flo Transfield.  Film Editing by Gene Milford.   Incredible drama that still crackles with tension…

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East Of Eden (1955)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1955.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Paul Osborn, based on the novel by John Steinbeck.  Cinematography by Ted D. McCord.  Produced by Elia Kazan.  Music by Leonard Rosenman.  Production Design by James Basevi, Malcolm C. Bert.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Owen Marks.   My favourite James Dean performance (of the mere…

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Baby Doll (1956)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1956.  Newtown Productions.  Screenplay by Tennessee Williams.   Cinematography by Boris Kaufman.  Produced by Elia Kazan.  Music by Kenyon Hopkins.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Gene Milford.   Carroll Baker‘s performance is the best reason to see this film by Elia Kazan.  Like most of Tennessee…

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A Face In The Crowd (1957)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1957.  Newtown Productions.  Story and Screenplay by Budd Schulberg.  Cinematography by Gayne Rescher, Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Elia Kazan.  Music by Tom Glazer.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert, Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Gene Milford. A media-saturated America is anticipated by this excellent Elia Kazan film made…

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