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 World Of Henry Orient (1964)

GEORGE ROY HILL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1964.  Pan Arts.  Screenplay by Nora Johnson, Nunnally Johnson, based on the novel by Nora Johnson.  Cinematography by Boris Kaufman, Arthur J. Ornitz.  Produced by Jerome Hellman.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by James W. Sullivan.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Stuart Gilmore.  Cannes Film Festival 1964.  Golden Globe Awards 1964.  …

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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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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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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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The Pawnbroker

BBBB (out of 5) A Holocaust survivor (Rod Steiger), the only member of his family to escape from the camps alive, now lives in 1960s New York and owns a pawn shop. The many difficulties of facing the rough life of downtown New York City are constantly exacerbated by his inability to escape his memories….

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12 Angry Men

BBBBB (out of 5) Scintillating drama that takes place in one confined room, where twelve jurors are locked up in seclusion to decide the fate of a young inner-city defendant in a murder case. Most of them are ready to let the kid hang, but one (Henry Fonda) decides that he sees the possibility for…

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L’Atalante

BBBBB (out of 5) Ever seen a film that felt like a beautiful dream? Jean Vigo died shortly before completing post-production and never got to give the world more of his extreme talent past this wonderful love story. Dita Parlo is breathtaking as a young maiden who marries a seaman and goes to live with…

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night

BBBB (out of 5 This film adaptation of the Eugene O’Neill play is a sobering look into a dysfunctional family. Two boys have grown up with a penny-pinching actor father (Ralph Richardson) and a near-lunatic mother (Katharine Hepburn), and we view the considerable effects it has had on their lives. Jason Robards shines as the…

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