Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

GABRIEL PASCAL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  United Kingdom, 1945.  Gabriel Pascal Productions, National Symphony Orchestra.  Screenplay by George Bernard Shaw, based on his play.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff, Jack Hildyard, Robert Krasker, Freddie Young.  Produced by Gabriel Pascal.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by John Bryan.  Costume Design by Oliver Messel.  Film Editing…

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The Old Dark House (1932)

JAMES WHALE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1932.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Benn W. Levy, from the novel by J.B. Priestley.  Cinematography by Arthur Edeson.  Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr..  Music by David Broekman.  Production Design by Russell A. Gausman.  Film Editing by Clarence Kolster. James Whale could rarely make a movie without…

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The Robe (1953)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1953.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Albert Maltz, Philip Dunne, adaptation by Gina Kaus, based on the novel by Lloyd C. Douglas.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Frank Ross.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Emile Santiago.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.  Academy…

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Sons And Lovers (1960)

JACK CARDIFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1960.  Jerry Wald Productions.  Screenplay by Gavin Lambert, T.E.B. Clarke, based on the novel by D.H. Lawrence.  Cinematography by Freddie Francis.  Produced by Jerry Wald.  Music by Mario Nascimbene.  Production Design by Thomas N. Morahan.  Costume Design by Margaret Furse.  Film Editing by Gordon Pilkington.  Academy Awards 1960.  Cannes Film Festival 1960.  Golden Globe Awards 1960.  National Board of…

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Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)

JAMES WHALE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1935.  Universal Pictures.  Adapted by William Hurlbut, John L. Balderston, Screenplay by William Hurlbut, suggested by the story Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.  Cinematography by John J. Mescall.  Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr..  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Charles D. Hall.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Ted J. Kent.  Academy Awards 1935. Superior sequel to…

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Henry V (1944)

LAURENCE OLIVIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB Alternate title:  The Chronicle History Of King Henry the Fift With His Battell At Agincourt In France United Kingdom, 1944.  Two Cities Films.  Based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Robert Krasker.  Produced by Laurence Olivier.  Music by William Walton.  Production Design by Paul Sheriff. Costume Design by Roger K. Furse.  Film Editing by…

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The Horse’s Mouth (1958)

RONALD NEAME Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1958.  Knightsbridge Films.  Screenplay by Alec Guinness, based on the novel by Joyce Carey.  Cinematography by Arthur Ibbetson.  Produced by John Bryan, Ronald Neame.  Music by Kenneth V. Jones.  Production Design by William C. Andrews.  Costume Design by Julia Squire.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.  Academy Awards 1958.   Alec Guinness is a riot as an independently-spirited…

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A Christmas Carol (1951)

BRIAN DESMOND HURST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB Alternate title:  Scrooge United Kingdom/USA, 1951.  Renown Pictures Corporation.  Adaptation by Noel Langley, from the novel A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by C.M. Pennington-Richards.  Produced by Brian Desmond Hurst.  Music by Richard Addinsell.  Production Design by Ralph W. Brinton.  Costume Design by Doris Lee.  Film Editing by Clive Donner.   Probably the best rendition of…

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