The Skin (1981)

LILIANA CAVANI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 Original Title: La pelle France/Italy, 1981.  Opera Film Produzione, Gaumont.   Screenplay by Robert Katz, Liliana Cavani, Catherine Breillat, based on the novel by Curzio Malaparte.   Cinematography by Armando Nannuzzi.  Produced by Alain Poire, Renzo Rossellini.   Music by Lalo Schifrin.   Production Design by Dante Ferretti.   Costume Design by…

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Birdman Of Alcatraz (1962)

JOHN FRANKENHEIMER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.    USA, 1962.  Norma Productions.  Screenplay by Guy Trosper, based on the book by Thomas E. Gaddis.  Cinematography by Burnett Guffey.  Produced by Stuart Millar, Guy Trosper.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Fernando Carrere.  Film Editing by Edward Mann.   The true story of Robert Stroud,…

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Brute Force (1947)

JULES DASSIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1947.  Mark Hellinger Productions.  Story by Robert Patterson, Screenplay by Richard Brooks.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Mark Hellinger.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by John DeCuir, Bernard Herzbrun.  Costume Design by Rosemary Odell.  Film Editing by Edward Curtiss. Burt Lancaster played a…

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I Walk Alone (1947)

BYRON HASKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1947.  Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by Charles Schnee, adaptation by Robert Smith, John Bright, based on the play by Theodore Reeves.  Cinematography by Leo Tover.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Franz Bachelin, Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Edith Head. …

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Seven Days In May (1964)

JOHN FRANKENHEIMER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1964.  Joel Productions, Seven Arts Productions.  Screenplay by Rod Serling, based on the novel by Fletcher Knebel, Charles W. Bailey II.  Cinematography by Ellsworth Fredericks.  Produced by Edward Lewis.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Cary Odell.  Costume Design by Wesley Jeffries.  Film Editing by…

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The Train (1964)

JOHN FRANKENHEIMER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  France/Italy/USA, 1964.  Les Films Ariane, Les Productions Artistes Associes, Dear Film Produzione.  Screen story and Screenplay by Franklin Coen, Frank Davis, based on Le Front De L’Art by Rose Valland.  Cinematography by Jean Tournier, Walter Wottitz.  Produced by Jules Bricken.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Willy…

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The Swimmer (1968)

FRANK PERRY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.    USA, 1968.  Horizon Pictures.  Screenplay by Eleanor Perry, based on the story by John Cheever.   Cinematography by David L. Quaid.    Produced by Roger H. Lewis, Frank Perry.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Peter Dohanos.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by…

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Field Of Dreams (1989)

PHIL ALDEN ROBINSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1989.  Gordon Company.  Screenplay by Phil Alden Robinson, based on the book by W.P. Kinsella.  Cinematography by John Lindley.  Produced by Charles Gordon, Lawrence Gordon.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Dennis Gassner.  Costume Design by Linda M. Bass.  Film Editing by Ian Crafford.   Once a rebellious child of late-sixties counterculture, Kevin Costner is now…

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Conversation Piece (1974)

LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Gruppo di Famiglia in un Interno Italy/France, 1974.  Rusconi Film, Gaumont International.  Story by Enrico Medioli, Screenplay by Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Enrico Medioli, Luchino Visconti.  Cinematography by Pasqualino de Santis.  Produced by Giovanni Bertolucci.  Music by Franco Mannino.  Production Design by Mario Garbuglia.  Costume Design by Piero Tosi.  Film Editing by Ruggero Mastroianni.   Burt…

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A Child Is Waiting (1963)

JOHN CASSAVETES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1963.  Stanley Kramer Productions.  Screenplay by Abby Mann, based on his story.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Stanley Kramer.  Music by Ernest Gold.  Production Design by Rudolph Sternad.  Film Editing by Gene Fowler Jr., Robert C. Jones.   Burt Lancaster plays a psychologist who runs a school in a small American town for children with…

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Desert Fury (1947)

LEWIS ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1947.  Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Rossen, based on the novel Desert Town by Ramona Stewart.  Cinematography by Edward Cronjager, Charles Lang.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Perry Ferguson.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Warren Low. Problem child Lizabeth Scott comes home to her saloon-owning…

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The Killers (1946)

ROBERT SIODMAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1946.  Mark Hellinger Productions, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Anthony Veiller, from the story by Ernest Hemingway.  Cinematography by Elwood Bredell.  Produced by Mark Hellinger.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Martin Obzina, Jack Otterson.  Film Editing by Arthur Hilton.   Ernest Hemingway’s atmospheric, short story, basically a conversation between two bad men, is expanded…

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