The Silent World (1956)

JACQUES-YVES COUSTEAU, LOUIS MALLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5 Original Title: Le monde du silence France/Italy, 1956. FSJYC Production, Requins Associés, Société Filmad, Titanus. Screenplay by Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Cinematography by Philippe Agostini, Louis Malle. Produced by Marcel Ichac. Music by Yves Baudrier. Film Editing by Georges Alépée. Louis Malle collaborated with oceanographer and famed…

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The Girl In Black (1956)

MICHAEL CACOYANNIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB Original title:  To Koritsi Me Ta Mavra Greece, 1956.  Hermes Film.  Screenplay by Mihalis Kakogiannis.  Cinematography by Walter Lassally.  Music by Arghyris Kounadis.  Production Design by Thanasis Vengos, S. Vlahos.  Film Editing by Emil Provelengios.   Richly dramatic film by Michael Cacoyannis (Zorba The Greek), about two travellers from Athens who visit the island of Hydra…

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Pather Panchali (1955)

SATYAJIT RAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  India, 1955.  Government of West Bengal.  Screenplay by Satyajit Ray, based on the novel by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay.  Cinematography by Subrata Mitra.  Music by Ravi Shankar.  Production Design by Bansi Chandragupta.  Film Editing by Dulal Dutta.   Positively stunning debut by master filmmaker Satyajit Ray, whose career to follow was rich with films as subtly nuanced…

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I Live In Fear: Record Of A Living Being (1955)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Ikimono No Kiroku Japan, 1955.  Toho Company.  Story by Akira Kurosawa, Fumio Hayasaka, Screenplay by Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni.  Cinematography by Asakazu Nakai.  Produced by Sojiro Motoki.  Music by Masaru Sato.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Miyuki Suzuki.  Film Editing by Chozo Kobata.   Toshirô Mifune dons age makeup to play the…

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The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1956.  Paramount Pictures, Filwite Productions. Screenplay by John Michael Hayes, based on a story by Charles Bennett, D.B. Wyndham-Lewis.  Cinematography by Robert Burks.  Produced by Alfred Hitchcock.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.   Production Design by Henry Bumstead, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by George Tomasini.   Alfred Hitchcock remade his own…

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The Mystery Of Picasso (1956)

HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  Original title:  Le Mystere Picasso France, 1956.  Filmsonor.  Cinematography by Claude Renoir.  Produced by Henri-Georges Clouzot.  Music by Georges Auric.  Film Editing by Henri Colpi.   Fascinating experimental film, in which Henri-Georges Clouzot films Pablo Picasso painting a canvas right onto the screen (he’s actually painting on specially designed, transparent canvasses), giving a first-class…

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Smiles Of A Summer Night (1955)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Sommarnattens Leende Sweden, 1955.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Gunnar Fischer.  Produced by Allan Ekelund.  Music by Erik Nordgren.  Production Design by P.A. Lundgren.  Costume Design by Mago.  Film Editing by Oscar Rosander.   The beautiful, lyrical comedy-drama that inspired countless imitations and even a Broadway musical (A Little Night Music). A…

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