Zouzou (1934)

MARC ALLEGRET Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB France, 1934. Les Films H. Roussillon, Productions Arys. Screenplay by Carlo Rim, based on the novel by G. Abatino. Cinematography by Boris Kaufman, Michel Kelber, Jacques Mercanton, Louis Née. Produced by Arys Nissotti. Music by Roger Bernstein, Georges Koger, Louis Wins. Production Design by Lazare Meerson, Alexandre…

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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.   Peter Sellers takes a back seat in…

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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.   Incredible drama that still crackles with tension…

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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.   Carroll Baker‘s performance is the best reason to see this film by Elia Kazan.  Like most of Tennessee…

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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.   Though this film doesn’t always succeed on its dramatic turf, how many other films were…

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The Pawnbroker (1964)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1964.  Landau Company, The Pawnbroker Company.  Screenplay by Morton S. Fine, David Friedkin, based on the novel by Edward Lewis Wallant.  Cinematography by Boris Kaufman.  Produced by Philip Langner, Roger H. Lewis.  Music by Quincy Jones.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Ralph Rosenblum.   A Holocaust survivor…

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12 Angry Men (1957)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1957.  Orion-Nova Productions.  Screenplay by Reginald Rose.  Cinematography by Boris Kaufman.  Produced by Henry Fonda, Reginald Rose.  Music by Kenyon Hopkins.  Film Editing by Carl Lerner.   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…

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L’Atalante

JEAN VIGO Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.   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…

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1962.  First Company.  Screenplay by Eugene O’Neill, based on his play.  Cinematography by Boris Kaufman.  Produced by Ely A. Landau.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Sophie Devine.  Film Editing by Ralph Rosenblum.   This film adaptation of the Eugene O’Neill play is a sobering look into a dysfunctional family….

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