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.   Academy Awards 1973.  Golden Globe Awards 1973. …

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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.  Academy Awards 1976.  National Board of Review Awards…

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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.  Academy Awards 1963.  Golden Globe Awards 1963.   After a decade of scintillating stage and literary adaptations,…

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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.  Academy Awards 1954.  Golden Globe Awards 1954. Incredible…

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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.  Academy Awards 1955.  Cannes Film Festival 1955.  Golden Globe Awards…

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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.  Academy Awards 1956.  Golden Globe Awards 1956. Carroll Baker‘s performance is the best reason to see this film by Elia…

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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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Wild River (1960)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1960.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Paul Osborn, based on novels by William Bradford Huie, Borden Deal.  Cinematography by Ellsworth Fredericks.  Produced by Elia Kazan.  Music by Kenyon Hopkins.  Production Design by Herman A. Blumenthal, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by William Reynolds. Montgomery Clift…

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Splendor In The Grass (1961)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1961.  Warner Bros., Newtown Productions, NBI Productions.  Screenplay by William Inge.  Cinematography by Boris Kaufman.  Produced by Elia Kazan.  Music by David Amram.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Gene Milford.  Academy Awards 1961.  Golden Globe Awards 1961.   Though this film doesn’t always succeed on its dramatic…

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