The Human Comedy (1943)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1943.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by William Saroyan, Screenplay by Howard Estabrook.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Clarence Brown.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Conrad A. Nervig.  Academy Awards 1943. William Saroyan’s script, which he was also set to direct, was deemed too long…

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The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers (1946)

LEWIS MILESTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1946.  Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Rossen, based on the story Love Lies Bleeding by John Patrick.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, John Meehan.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Archie Marshek.  Academy Awards 1946.  Cannes Film Festival 1947. This terrific film…

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Tea And Sympathy (1956)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Robert Anderson, based on his play.  Cinematography by John Alton.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Adolph Deutsch. Production Design by Edward C. Carfgano, William A. Horning.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.  Podcast: Bad Gay Movies. When else but in the fifties could…

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Leave Her To Heaven

BBBBB (out of 5) A fascinating combination of female melodrama and film noir, filmed in glorious Technicolour but with its hints of sinister motives lurking at every corner.  Novelist Cornel Wilde meets gorgeous Gene Tierney (in her most finely calibrated performance) on a commuter train and discovers that they are heading for the same place,…

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The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)

JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1940.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on the novel by John Steinbeck.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by Richard Day, Mark-Lee Kirk.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Robert L. Simpson.  Academy Awards 1940.   One of John Ford’s best films is…

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Network (1976)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1976.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Howard Gottfried.  Music by Elliot Lawrence.  Production Design by Philip Rosenberg.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Alan Heim.  Academy Awards 1976.  Golden Globe Awards 1976.  National Board of Review Awards 1976.  New York Film Critics Awards 1976.   Riveting look at television news…

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