Butley (1974)

HAROLD PINTER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 United Kingdom/Canada/USA, 1974. Cinévision Ltée, The American Film Theatre. Screenplay by Simon Gray, based on his play. Cinematography by Gerry Fisher. Produced by Ely A. Landau. Production Design by Carmen Dillon. Costume Design by Robin Fraser-Paye. Film Editing by Malcolm Cooke. It’s a pretty harsh turn of…

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Accident (1967)

JOSEPH LOSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB United Kingdom, 1967. Royal Avenue Chelsea. Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by Nicholas Mosley. Cinematography by Gerry Fisher. Produced by Joseph Losey, Norman Priggen. Music by John Dankworth. Production Design by Carmen Dillon. Costume Design by Beatrice Dawson. Film Editing by Reginald Beck. Cannes…

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The Go-Between (1971)

JOSEPH LOSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1971.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer British Studios, EMI Films, World Film Services.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by L.P. Hartley.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by John Heyman, Norman Priggen.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Production Design by Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by John Furniss.  Film Editing by Reginald Beck.  Academy Awards 1971.  Cannes Film Festival…

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Sapphire (1959)

BASIL DEARDEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1959.  The Rank Organisation.  Screenplay by Janet Green, additional dialogue by Lukas Heller.  Cinematography by Harry Waxman.  Produced by Michael Relph.  Music by Philip Green.  Production Design by Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by Julie Harris.  Film Editing by John D. Guthridge.   Solid police procedural written by Janet Green, about the investigation of a young woman…

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A Tale Of Two Cities (1958)

RALPH THOMAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1958.  The Rank Organisation.  Screenplay by T.E.B. Clarke, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Ernest Steward.  Produced by Betty E. Box.  Music by Richard Addinsell.  Production Design by Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by Beatrice Dawson.  Film Editing by Alfred Roome.   Faithful adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel isn’t up to the…

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Doctor In The House (1954)

RALPH THOMAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1954.  Group Film Productions Limited.  Screenplay by Nicholas Phipps, Richard Gordon, based on the book by Richard Gordon.  Cinematography by Ernest Steward.  Produced by Betty E. Box.  Music by Bruce Montgomery.  Production Design by Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by Yvonne Caffin.  Film Editing by Gerald Thomas.   Hilarious comedy that inspired a series of sequels….

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Hamlet (1948)

LAURENCE OLIVIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1948.  Two Cities Films.  Based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Desmond Dickinson.  Produced by Reginald Beck.  Music by William Walton.  Production Design Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by Elizabeth Hennings.  Film Editing by Helga Cranston.  Podcast: My Criterions.  Academy Awards 1948.  Golden Globe Awards 1948.   Moody, atmospheric adaptation of the Bard’s most popular tragedy, directed with…

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The Chalk Garden (1964)

RONALD NEAME Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1964.  Quota Rentals Limited, Ross Hunter Productions, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by John Michael Hayes, based on the play by Enid Bagnold.  Cinematography by Arthur Ibbetson.  Produced by Ross Hunter.  Music by Malcolm Arnold.  Production Design by Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by Julie Harris.  Film Editing by Jack Harris.  Academy Awards 1964.  Golden Globe Awards 1964. …

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Julia (1977)

FRED ZINNEMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1977.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Alvin Sargent, based on the story Pentimento by Lillian Hellman.  Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by Richard Roth.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Gene Callahan, Carmen Dillon, Willy Holt.  Costume Design by Anthea Sylbert.  Film Editing by Marcel Durham, Walter Murch.  Academy Awards 1977.  Golden Globe Awards 1977. …

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The Omen (1976)

RICHARD DONNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1976.  Twentieth Century Fox, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Twentieth Century-Fox Productions, Mace Neufeld Productions.  Screenplay by David Seltzer.  Cinematography by Gilbert Taylor.  Produced by Harvey Stephens.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by Tiny Nicholls.  Film Editing by Stuart Baird.  Academy Awards 1976. Undercooked horror film that pales in comparison…

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The Naked Edge (1961)

MICHAEL ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1961.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer British Studios.  Screenplay by Joseph Stefano, based on the novel First Train To Babylon by Max Ehrlich.  Cinematography by Erwin Hillier.  Produced by Georges Glass, Walter Seltzer.  Music by William Alwyn.  Production Design by Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by Julie Harris.  Film Editing by Gordon Pilkington.   When an American businessman (Gary…

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The Importance Of Being Earnest (1952)

ANTHONY ASQUITH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1952.  Javelin Films, British Film-Makers.  Screenplay by Anthony Asquith, based on the play by Oscar Wilde.  Cinematography by Desmond Dickinson.  Produced by Anthony Asquith, Teddy Baird.  Music by Benjamin Frankel.  Production Design by Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by Beatrice Dawson.  Film Editing by John D. Guthridge.   This is the very best-ever adaptation of an Oscar Wilde…

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