The Court Jester (1955)

MELVIN FRANK, NORMAN PANAMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.    USA, 1955.  Dena Enterprises.   Screenplay by Norman Panama, Melvin Frank.  Cinematography by Ray June.  Produced by Melvin Frank, Norman Panama.  Music by Walter Scharf, Vic Schoen.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head, Yvonne Wood.  Film Editing by Tom…

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The King (2019)

DAVID MICHOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/Hungary/Australia, 2019.  Netflix, Plan B Entertainment, Porchlight Films, Blue-Tongue Films, Pioneer Stilking Films, Yoki.  Screenplay by Joel Edgerton, David Michod.  Cinematography by Adam Arkapaw.   Produced by Joel Edgerton, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, David Michôd, Brad Pitt, Liz Watts.  Music by Nicholas Britell.  Production Design by Fiona…

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The Lost City Of Z (2016)

JAMES GRAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.    USA, 2016.  Keep Your Head, MICA Entertainment, MadRiver Pictures, Plan B Entertainment.  Screenplay by James Gray, based on the book by David Grann.  Cinematography by Darius Khondji.  Produced by Dede Gardner, James Gray, Dale Armin Johnson, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner.  Music by Christopher Spelman.  Production Design by Jean-Vincent Puzos.  Costume Design by Sonia…

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In The Heart Of The Sea (2015)

RON HOWARD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA/Australia/Spain/United Kingdom/Canada, 2015.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Cott Productions, Enelmar Productions AIE, Roth Films, Spring Creek Productions, Imagine Entertainment, K. JAM Media.  Story by Charles Leavitt, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Screenplay by Charles Leavitt, based on the book In The Heart Of The Sea: The Tragedy of The…

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Pride And Prejudice (1940)

ROBERT Z. LEONARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Aldous Huxley, Jane Murfin, from the dramatization by Helen Jerome of the novel by Jane Austen.  Cinematography by Karl Freund.  Produced by Hunt Stromberg.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.  Academy Awards 1940.   Devastatingly good adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic…

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Elephant Walk

BBB.5 (out of 5) Reasonably involving drama about a British shopkeeper (Elizabeth Taylor) who moves to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) when a plantation owner (Peter Finch) visits London and sweeps her off her feet. Upon arriving at her new home in this most exotic land, she is beset by her husband’s leeching friends and a…

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Bitter Sweet (1940)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Lesser Samuels, based on the play by Noel Coward.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by Victor Saville.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress.  Academy Awards 1940.   If you can buy a late-thirties Jeanette MacDonald as a lovestruck…

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