The Ritz (1976)

RICHARD LESTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1976.  Courtyard Films, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Terrence McNally, based on his play.  Cinematography by Paul Wilson.  Produced by Denis O’Dell.  Music by Ken Thorne.  Production Design by Philip Harrison.  Costume Design by Evangeline Harrison.  Film Editing by John Bloom.  Golden Globe Awards 1976.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies. An old Italian patriarch dies and, on his…

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Isadora (1968)

KAREL REISZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/France, 1968.  Hakim, Paris Film, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Melvyn Bragg, Clive Exton, additional dialogue by Margaret Drabble, based on the books Isadora Duncan An Intimate Portrait by Sewell Stokes, and My Life by Isadora Duncan.  Cinematography by Larry Pizer.  Produced by Raymond Hakim, Robert Hakim.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by…

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Children Of The Damned (1964)

ANTON LEADER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  United Kingdom, 1964.  Lawrence P. Bachmann Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer British Studios.  Screenplay by John Briley, based on the novel The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham.  Cinematography by Davis Boulton.  Produced by Lawrence P. Bachmann.  Music by Ron Goodwin.  Production Design by Elliot Scott.  Film Editing by Ernest Walter.   Boring sequel to the terrific original has very…

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No Highway In The Sky (1951)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Alternate title:  No Highway United Kingdom, 1951.  Twentieth Century-Fox Productions.  Screenplay by R.C. Sherriff, Oscar Millard, Alec Coppel, based on the book by Nevil Shute.  Cinematography by Georges Perinal.  Produced by Louis D. Lighton.  Music by Malcolm Arnold.  Production Design by C.P. Norman.  Costume Design by Christian Dior.  Film Editing by Manuel del Campo. James Stewart plays…

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

PETER R. HUNT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1969.  Eon Productions.  Screenplay by Richard Maibaum, additional dialogue by Simon Raven, based on the novel by Ian Fleming.Cinematography by Michael Reed.  Produced by Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Syd Cain.  Costume Design by Marjory Cornelius.  Film Editing by John Glen.   Excellent Bond adventure stars…

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The Hunger (1983)

TONY SCOTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom, 1983.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Peerford Ltd..  Screenplay by Ivan Davis, Michael Thomas, based on the novel by Whitley Strieber.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Richard Shepherd.  Music by Denny Jaeger, Michel Rubini.  Production Design by Brian Morris.  Costume Design by Ann Mollo.  Film Editing by Pamela Power.  United Kingdom, 1983.   Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie play a vampire couple…

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The Barefoot Contessa (1954)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Italy, 1954.  Transoceanic Film, Figaro.  Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Robert Haggiag, Angelo Rizzoli.  Music by Mario Nascimbene.  Production Design by Arrigo Equini. Costume Design by Fontana.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck.  Academy Awards 1954.  Golden Globe Awards 1954. Ava Gardner is usually defined by her appearance in this movie,…

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Ragtime

MILOS FORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   This Milos Forman film adaptation of the E.L. Doctorow novel will be of particular interest to those who enjoyed the recent Broadway musical version (this one’s not a musical). It stars an ensemble cast whose interactions take place in turn-of-the-century America when the country was going through a…

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Sunday, Bloody Sunday (1971)

JOHN SCHLESINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1971.  Vectia, Vic Films Productions.  Screenplay by Penelope Gilliatt.  Cinematography by Billy Williams.   Produced by Joseph Janni.  Music by Ron Geesin.  Production Design by Luciana Arrighi.  Costume Design by Jocelyn Rickards.  Film Editing by Richard Marden.  Academy Awards 1971.Golden Globe Awards 1971.  New York Film Critics Awards 1971 Glenda Jackson and Peter Finch have nothing in…

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The Broadway Melody (1929)

HARRY BEAUMONT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1929.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Edmund Goulding, continuity by Sarah Y. Mason, dialogue by Norman Houston, James Gleason. Cinematography by John Arnold.  Produced by Harry Rapf, Irving Thalberg, Lawrence Weingarten.  Music by Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by David Cox.  Film Editing by Sam Zimbalist.  Academy Awards 1928/1929.   The first…

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Reds (1981)

WARREN BEATTY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1981.  Barclays Mercantile Industrial Finance, JRS Productions.  Screenplay by Warren Beatty, Trevor Griffiths.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Warren Beatty.  Music by Stephen Sondheim.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Shirley Russell.  Film Editing by Dede Allen, Craig McKay.  Academy Awards 1981.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1981.  Golden Globe Awards 1981.  National Board of Review…

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