Mr. Topaze (1961)

PETER SELLERS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 Alternate Title: I Like Money United Kingdom, 1961. Dimitri De Grunwald Production. Screenplay by Pierre Rouve, based on the play by Marcel Pagnol. Cinematography by John Wilcox. Produced by Pierre Rouve. Music by Georges Van Parys. Production Design by Donald M. Ashton. Costume Design by Pierre Balmain,…

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A Countess From Hong Kong (1967)

CHARLES CHAPLIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom, 1967.  Chaplin Film Productions Ltd., Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Charles Chaplin.  Cinematography by Arthur Ibbetson.  Produced by Jerome Epstein.  Music by Charles Chaplin.  Production Design by Donald M. Ashton.  Costume Design by Olga Lehmann, Rosemary Burrows.  Film Editing by Gordon Hales. Charles Chaplin waited ten years to follow up the box office disappointment…

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Billy Budd (1962)

PETER USTINOV Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1962.  Allied Artists Pictures, Anglo Allied.  Screenplay by Peter Ustinov, DeWitt Bodeen, based on the play by Louis O. Coxe and Robert H. Chapman and the novel Billy Budd, Foretopman by Herman Melville.  Cinematography by Robert Krasker.  Produced by Peter Ustinov.  Music by Antony Hopkins.  Production Design by Donald M. Ashton.  Costume…

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Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1965.  Wheel Productions.  Screenplay by John Mortimer, Penelope Mortimer, based on the novel by Marryam Modell.  Cinematography by Denys N. Coop. Produced by Otto Preminger.  Music by Paul Glass.  Production Design by Donald M. Ashton.  Costume Design by Hope Bryce.  Film Editing by Peter Thornton. A young American woman (Carol Lynley), newly arrived…

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The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1957.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Horizon Pictures.  Screenplay by Carl Foreman, Michael Wilson, based on the novel Le Pont de la Riviere Kwai by Pierre Boulle.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Malcolm Arnold.  Production Design by Donald M. Ashton.  Costume Design by John Wilson-Apperson.  Film Editing by Peter Taylor.   American…

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Indiscreet (1958)

STANLEY DONEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1958.  Warner Bros., Grandon Productions Ltd..  Screenplay by Norman Krasna, based on his play Kind Sir.  Cinematography by Freddie Young.  Produced by Stanley Donen.  Music by Richard Rodney Bennett, Ken Jones.  Production Design by Donald M. Ashton.  Film Editing by Jack Harris.   Beautiful little charmer adapted by Norman Krasna from his play Kind…

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The End Of The Affair (1955)

EDWARD DMYTRYK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom, 1955.  Coronado Productions.  Screenplay by Lenore J. Coffee, based on the novel by Graham Greene.  Cinematography by Wilkie Cooper.  Produced by David Lewis.  Music by Benjamin Frankel.  Production Design by Donald M. Ashton.  Costume Design by Julia Squire.  Film Editing by Alan Osbiston.   And you thought the remake was boring. Edward Dmytryk’s original is…

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Oh! What A Lovely War (1969)

RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom, 1969.  Accord Productions.Screenplay by Len Deighton, based on the musical play by Joan Littlewood, from the play by Charles Chilton.  Cinematography by Gerry Turpin.  Produced by Richard Attenborough, Brian Duffy.  Production Design by Donald M. Ashton.  Costume Design by Anthony Mendleson.  Film Editing by Kevin Connor.   Already a celebrated actor, Richard Attenborough made his directorial…

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