Across 110th Street (1973)

BARRY SHEAR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1973. Film Guarantors. Screenplay by Luther Davis, based on the novel Across 110th by Wally Ferris. Cinematography by Jack Priestley. Produced by Fouad Said, Ralph B. Sharpe. Music by J.J. Johnson. Production Design by Perry Watkins. Costume Design by Joseph Fretwell III. Film Editing by Byron…

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The Destructors (1974)

ROBERT PARRISH Bil’s rating (out of 5): B Alternate Title: The Marseille Contract United Kingdom/France, 1974.  Kettledrum Films, PECF.  Screenplay by Judd Bernard.  Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by Judd Bernard.  Music by Roy Budd.  Production Design by Willy Holt.  Costume Design by Andree Demarez.  Film Editing by Willy Kemplen. Anthony Quinn plays an American…

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The Ox-Bow Incident (1942)

WILLIAM A. WELLMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1942.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Lamar Trotti, based on the novel by Walter Van Tilburg Clark.  Cinematography by Arthur C. Miller.  Produced by Lamar Trotti.  Music by Cyril J. Mockbridge.  Production Design by James Basevi, Richard Day.  Costume Design by Earl Luick.  Film Editing…

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The Black Orchid (1958)

MARTIN RITT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1958.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Joseph Stefano.  Cinematography by Robert Burks.  Produced by Marcello Girossi, Carlo Ponti.  Music by Alessandro Cicognini. Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Howard A. Smith. Sophia Loren is in mourning after the death of her husband, working day and night…

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The Guns Of Navarone (1961)

J. LEE THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1961.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Highroad Productions.  Screenplay by Carl Foreman, based on the novel by Alistair MacLean.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by Carl Foreman.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Geoffrey Drake.  Film Editing by Alan Osbiston.   The British fighting the Nazis during World War II need to get across the…

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Swing High, Swing Low (1937)

MITCHELL LEISEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1937.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Virginia Van Upp, Oscar Hammerstein II, based on a play by George Manker Watters, Arthur Hopkins.  Cinematography by Ted Tetzlaff.  Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..  Music by Phil Boutelje, Ralph Rainger, Victor Young.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Eda Warren. Carole Lombard misses…

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The Secret Of Santa Vittoria (1969)

STANLEY KRAMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1969.  Stanley Kramer Productions.  Screenplay by Ben Maddow, William Rose, based on the novel by Robert Crichton.  Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno.  Produced by Stanley Kramer.  Music by Ernest Gold.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy.  Costume Design by Joe King.  Film Editing by Earle Herdan, William A. Lyon.   The Italian hamlet of Santa Vittoria decides,…

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Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1962.  Horizon Pictures.  Screenplay by Robert Bolt, Michael Wilson, based on the writings of T.E. Lawrence.  Cinematography by Freddie Young.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by John Box.  Costume Design by Phyllis Dalton.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.   This is not just a movie, it’s THE movie:  David Lean’s…

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Portrait In Black (1960)

MICHAEL GORDON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1960.  Ross Hunter Productions Inc..  Screenplay by Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts, based on their play.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Ross Hunter.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Richard H. Riedel.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.   Campy Ross Hunter soap opera, one of those melodramas where housewives put…

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Zorba The Greek (1964)

MICHAEL CACOYANNIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Original title:  Alexis Zorbas USA/United Kingdom/Greece, 1964.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Mihalis Kakogiannis, based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis.  Cinematography by Walter Lassally.  Produced by Mihalis Kakogiannis.  Music by Mikis Theodorakis.  Production Design by Vassilis Photopoulos.  Costume Design by Anna Stavropoulou.  Film Editing by Mihalis Kakogiannis.    After a young Englishman (Alan Bates) learns that he has…

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Barabbas (1961)

RICHARD FLEISCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Italy, 1961.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Dino De Laurentiis Company.  Screenplay by Christopher Fry, based on the novel by Par Lagerkvist.  Cinematography by Aldo Tonti. Produced by Dino De Laurentiis.  Music by Mario Nascimbene.  Production Design by Mario Chiari. Costume Design by Maria De Matteis.  Film Editing by Raymond Poulton.  Those who enjoyed the gladiatorial…

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La Strada (1954)

FEDERICO FELLINI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  Italy, 1954.  Ponti-De Laurentiis Cinematografica.  Story and Screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, dialogue by Tullio Pinelli, screenplay collaborator Ennio Flaiano.  Cinematography by Otello Martelli.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis, Carlo Ponti.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Mario Ravasco. Costume Design by Margherita Marinari.  Film Editing by Leo Catozzo.   Giulietta Masina plays a simpleminded…

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