Dr. No (1962)

TERENCE YOUNG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1962.  Eon Productions.  Screenplay by Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood, Berkely Mather, based on the novel by Ian Fleming.  Cinematography by Ted Moore.  Produced by Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman.  Music by Monty Norman.  Production Design by Ken Adam.  Costume Design by Tessa Prendergast.  Film Editing by Peter R. Hunt.   The cinema’s longest running franchise got itself off…

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Forbidden Planet (1956)

FRED M. WILCOX Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Irving Block, Allen Adler, Screenplay by Cyril Hume, based on the play The Tempest by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Nicholas Nayfack.  Production Design by Irving Block, Mentor Huebner.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett, Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.   Here’s the Gone With The Wind…

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The Apartment (1960)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 1960.  The Mirisch Corporation.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Adolph Deutsch. Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Forrest T. Butler, Irene Caine.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.   Jack Lemmon excels as a low-level office worker who, on occasion, lends his bachelor apartment…

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Sullivan’s Travels (1941)

PRESTON STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1941.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Preston Sturges.  Cinematography by John F. Seitz.  Produced by Preston Sturges.  Music by Charles Bradshaw, Leo Shuken. Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Stuart Gilmore. One of my favourite comedies ever made is this terrific Preston Sturges masterpiece. It…

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The Lady Eve (1941)

PRESTON STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1941.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Monckton Hoffe, Screenplay by Preston Sturges.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Paul Jones.  Music by Phil Boutelje, Charles Bradshaw, Gil Grau, Sigmund Krumgold, John Leipold,Leo Shuken.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Stuart Gilmore.    Podcast:  My Criterions. A simple-minded man, a conniving…

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Mary Poppins (1964)

ROBERT STEVENSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1964.  Walt Disney Productions.  Screenplay by Bill Walsh, Don DaGradi, based on the books by P.L. Travers.  Cinematography by Edward Colman.  Produced by Walt Disney.  Music by Irwin Kostal.  Production Design by Carroll Clark, William H. Tuntke.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas, Tony Walton.  Film Editing by Cotton Warburton.  After so many years, this film hasn’t…

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All That Heaven Allows (1955)

DOUGLAS SIRK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1955.  Universal International Pictures.  Story by Edna L. Lee, Harry Lee, Screenplay by Peg Fenwick.  Cinematography by Russell Metty. Produced by Ross Hunter.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Eric Orbom.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Frank Gross, Fred Barratta.  Podcast:  My Criterions. Widow Jane Wyman befriends her handsome young…

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Hiroshima, Mon Amour (1959)

ALAIN RESNAIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  France/Japan, 1959.  Argos Films, Como Films, Daiei Studios, Pathé Entertainment, Pathé Overseas.  Screenplay by Marguerite Duras.  Cinematography by Michio Takahashi, Sacha Vierny.  Produced by Anatole Dauman, Samy Halfon.  Music by Georges Delerue, Giovanni Fusco.  Production Design by Minoru Esaka, Mayo, Petri, Lucilla Mussini.  Costume Design by Gerard Collery.  Film Editing by Henri Colpi, Jasmine Chasney, Anne Sarraute.  …

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Grand Illusion (1937)

JEAN RENOIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  La Grande Illusion France, 1937.  Réalisation d’art cinématographique. Screenplay by Charles Spaak, Jean Renoir.  Cinematography by Christian Matras.  Produced by Albert Pinkovitch, Frank Rollmer.  Music by Joseph Kosma.  Production Design by Eugène Lourié.  Costume Design by Rene Decrais.  Film Editing by Marthe Huguet, Marguerite Renoir.  Podcasts:  My Criterions.   One of the most awe-inspiring war…

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Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

NICHOLAS RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1955.  Warner Bros..  Story by Nicholas Ray, Screenplay by Stewart Stern, adaptation by Irving Shulman. Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by David Weisbart.  Music by Leonard Rosenman.  Production Design by Malcolm C. Bert.  Costume Design by Moss Mabry.  Film Editing by William H. Ziegler, James Moore.   The original teen angst masterpiece that made James Dean a movie…

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Black Narcissus (1947)

MICHAEL POWELL, EMERIC PRESSBURGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1947.  The Archers.  Screenplay by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, based on the novel by Rumer Godden.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.  Music by Brian Easdale.  Production Design by Alfred Junge.  Costume Design by Hein Heckroth.  Film Editing by Reginald Mills.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   One of the…

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Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1965.  Wheel Productions.  Screenplay by John Mortimer, Penelope Mortimer, based on the novel by Marryam Modell.  Cinematography by Denys N. Coop. Produced by Otto Preminger.  Music by Paul Glass.  Production Design by Donald M. Ashton.  Costume Design by Hope Bryce.  Film Editing by Peter Thornton. A young American woman (Carol Lynley), newly arrived…

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