Night Moves (1975)

ARTHUR PENN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1975. Warner Bros., Hiller Productions, Layton Productions, Major Studio Partners. Screenplay by Alan Sharp. Cinematography by Bruce Surtees. Produced by Robert M. Sherman. Music by Michael Small. Production Design by George Jenkins. Costume Design by Rita Riggs. Film Editing by Dede Allen, Stephen A. Rotter. This…

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America America (1963)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1963.  Athena Enterprises, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Elia Kazan.  Cinematography by Haskell Wexler.  Produced by Elia Kazan.  Music by Manos Hatzidakis.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Dede Allen.  Actors Index:  John Marley.   After a decade of scintillating stage and literary adaptations, director Elia Kazan turns to more…

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The Hustler (1961)

ROBERT ROSSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1961.  Rossen Films, Twentieth Century Fox. Screenplay by Sidney Carroll, Robert Rossen, based on the novel by Walter Tevis.  Cinematography by Eugen Schufftan.  Produced by Robert Rossen.  Music by Kenyon Hopkins.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Ruth Morley.  Film Editing by Dede Allen.   Paul Newman solidified his already established status with this perennial…

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The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)

ROBERT REDFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1988.  Esparza, Universal Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises. Screenplay by John Nichols, David S. Ward, based on the novel by John Nichols.  Cinematography by Robbie Greenberg.  Produced by Moctesuma Esparza, Robert Redford.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Joe Aubel, Thomas L. Roysden.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Dede Allen,…

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The Final Cut (2004)

OMAR NAIM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/Canada/Germany, 2004.  Lions Gate Entertainment, Cinerenta Medienbeteiligungs KG, Industry Entertainment, Cinetheta.  Screenplay by Omar Naim.  Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto.  Produced by Nick Wechsler.  Music by Brian Tyler.  Production Design by James Chinlund.  Costume Design by Monique Prudhomme.  Film Editing by Dede Allen, Robert Brakey.  Berlin Film Festival 2004.   Embarrassing film that could only have attracted its…

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The Addams Family (1991)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1991.  Orion Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Caroline Thompson, Larry Wilson, based on characters created by Charles Addams.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Scott Rudin.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Dede Allen, Jim Miller.     Of the many retro…

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The Breakfast Club (1985)

JOHN HUGHES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1985.  Universal Pictures, A&M Films, Channel Productions.  Screenplay by John Hughes.  Cinematography by Thomas Del Ruth.  Produced by John Hughes, Ned Tanen.  Music by Keith Forsey.  Production Design by John W. Corso.  Costume Design by Marilyn Vance.  Film Editing by Dede Allen.   John Hughes scored big points with teenagers with this excellent drama, which continues to…

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Rachel, Rachel (1968)

PAUL NEWMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1968.  Kayos Productions.  Screenplay by Stewart Stern, based on the novel by Margaret Laurence.  Cinematography by Gayne Rescher.  Produced by Paul Newman.  Music by Jerome Moross.  Production Design by Robert Gundlach.  Costume Design by Domingo A. Rodriguez.  Film Editing by Dede Allen.   Fascinating film that was shocking for the sixties and is deep, absorbing viewing…

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Bonnie And Clyde (1967)

ARTHUR PENN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1967.  Warner Brothers/Seven Arts, Tatira-Hiller Productions.  Screenplay by David Newman, Robert Benton.  Cinematography by Burnett Guffey.  Produced by Warren Beatty.  Music by Charles Strouse.  Production Design by Dean Tavoularis.  Costume Design by Theadora Van Runkle.  Film Editing by Dede Allen.     Arthur Penn’s electrifying account of the famous criminal couple is still a ripping good…

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Little Big Man (1970)

ARTHUR PENN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1970.  Cinema Center Films, Stockbridge-Hiller Productions.  Screenplay by Calder Willingham, based on the novel by Thomas Berger.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Jr..  Produced by Stuart Millar.  Music by John Paul Hammond.  Production Design by Dean Tavoularis.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins.  Film Editing by Dede Allen.   Glorious western by Bonnie And Clyde director Arthur Penn. Dustin Hoffman plays the…

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Henry & June (1990)

PHILIP KAUFMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1990.  Universal Pictures, Walrus & Associates, Ministère de la Culture de la Republique Française.  Screenplay by Philip Kaufman, Rose Kaufman, based on the book by Anais Nin.  Cinematography by Philippe Rousselot.  Produced by Peter Kaufman.  Music by Mark Adler.  Production Design by Guy-Claude Francois.  Costume Design by Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle.  Film Editing by…

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Visions Of Eight (1973)

MILOS FORMAN, KON ICHIKAWA, CLAUDE LELOUCH, YURI OZEROV, ARTHUR PENN, MICHAEL PFLEGHAR, JOHN SCHLESINGER, MAI ZETTERLING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/West Germany, 1973.  Bavaria Atelier, Wolper Productions.  Screenplay by David Hughes, Deliara Ozerowa, Shuntaro Tanikawa.  Cinematography by Daniel Bocly, Michael J. Davis, Rune Ericson, Alan Hume, Walter Lassally, Jorgen Persson, Igor Slabnevich, Ernst Wild, Arthur Wooster, Masuo Yamaguchi.  Produced…

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