War And Peace (1956)

KING VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA/Italy, 1956.  Ponti-De Laurentiis Cinematografica.  Screenplay by Bridget Boland, Robert Westerby, King Vidor, Mario Camerini, Ennio De Concini, Ivo Perilli, based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Mario Chiari.  Costume Design…

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Vito (2011)

JEFFREY SCHWARZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2011.  Automat Pictures, Making it Big. Cinematography by David Quantic.  Produced by Jeffrey Schwarz.  Music by Miriam Cutler.  Film Editing by Philip Harrison.  Dorian Awards 2011.   Sixteen years after the excellent documentary The Celluloid Closet, based on the book by Vito Russo, comes this superb documentary about the life of the…

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Children Of God (2010)

KAREEM MORTIMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Bahamas, 2010.  Mercury Rising Media, Southern Fried Filmworks, Mercury Rising Films.  Screenplay by Kareem Mortimer.  Cinematography by Ian Bloom.  Produced by Richard LeMay, Kareem Mortimer, Trevite Willis.  Music by Nathan Matthew David.  Production Design by Margot Bethel.  Costume Design by Jamillah Moss.  Film Editing by Maria Cataldo.   Kareem Mortimer remakes his 2007 short Float into a…

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Always (1989)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1989.  Universal Pictures, United Artists, Amblin Entertainment, U-Drive Productions.  Screenplay by Jerry Belson, from the screenplay A Guy Named Joe by Dalton Trumbo, adapted by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan, from the story by Chandler Sprague, David Boehm.  Cinematography by Mikael Salomon.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Steven Spielberg.  Music by John…

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The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

CHARLES CRICHTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1951.  Ealing Studios.  Screenplay by T.E.B. Clarke.  Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by Michael Balcon.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by William Kellner.  Costume Design by Anthony Mendleson.  Film Editing by Seth Holt.   Alec Guinness is a riot as a doddering bank employee who decides to pull off a heist and be rich for the rest…

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Roman Holiday (1953)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA/Italy, 1953.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Dalton Trumbo, Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo, Ian McLellan Hunter, John Dighton.  Cinematography by Henri Alekan, Franz Planer.  Produced by William Wyler.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Robert Swink.   The world was introduced to Audrey Hepburn with…

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Sabrina (1954)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1954.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Samuel A. Taylor, Ernest Lehman, based on the play Sabrina Fair by Samuel A. Taylor.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Van Cleave, Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler.  Costume Design by Hubert de Givenchy.  Film Editing by…

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Funny Face (1957)

STANLEY DONEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1957.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Leonard Gershe.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Roger Edens.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.   Audrey Hepburn rarely looked lovelier than in this gorgeous musical comedy, inspired loosely by the career of photographer Richard Avedon. One of…

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Love In The Afternoon (1957)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1957.  Allied Artists Productions, Billy Wilder Productions.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on the novel Ariane, Jeune Fille Russe by Claude Anet.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Jay A. Morley Jr..  Film Editing by Leonide Azar, Chester W. Schaeffer.   For…

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Green Mansions (1959)

MEL FERRER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB. USA, 1959.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Dorothy Kingsley, based on the novel by William Henry Hudson.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Edmund Grainger.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, William A. Horning.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.  Embarrassingly bad adventure film starring Audrey Hepburn and directed by her…

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The Nun’s Story (1959)

FRED ZINNEMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1959.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Robert Anderson, based on the book by Kathryn Hulme.  Cinematography by Franz Planer.  Produced by Henry Blanke.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Marjorie Best.  Film Editing by Walter Thompson.   Audrey Hepburn gives one of her most powerful performances in this highly respectable drama about…

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The Unforgiven (1960)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1960.  Hill-Hecht-Lancaster Productions.  Screenplay by Ben Maddow, based on the novel by Alan Le May.  Cinematography by Franz Planer.  Produced by James Hill.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Stephen B. Grimes.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins.  Film Editing by Russell Lloyd. Not to be confused with Clint Eastwood’s Academy Award-winning western,…

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