It Started In Naples (1960)

MELVILLE SHAVELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1960.  Capri Productions, Paramount Pictures.  Story by Michael Pertwee, Jack Davies, Screenplay by Melville Shavelson, Jack Rose, Suso Cecchi D’Amico.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Jack Rose.  Music by Alessandro Cicognini, Carlo Savina.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Orietta Nasalli-Rocca.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.  Academy Awards 1960.  Golden Globe Awards … More It Started In Naples (1960)

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Wake Island (1942)

JOHN FARROW Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1942.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by W.R. Burnett, Frank Butler.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor, Theodor Sparkuhl.  Produced by Joseph Sistrom.  Music by David Buttolph.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, A. Earl Hedrick.  Costume Design by John Morris Foster, Pat Williams.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht, LeRoy Stone.  Academy Awards 1942.  Fact-based account of the American servicemen stationed on Wake … More Wake Island (1942)

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The Mating Season

BBB.5 (out of 5) John Lund plays an ambitious worker at an Ohio industrial company who meets and marries a gorgeous socialite (Gene Tierney) after he saves her from falling down a cliff. The day of their marriage, his mother (Thelma Ritter) comes to visit, having just shut down her New Jersey hamburger joint after the … More The Mating Season

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A New Kind Of Love

BB.5 (out of 5) Definitely not a new kind of movie.  Joanne Woodward plays a dowdy fashion designer specializing in affordable knock-offs of Parisian haute couture, who meets up with cynical journalist Paul Newman while taking in some fashion shows in France’s beautiful capital. Newman doesn’t even look at her twice, but when Woodward dolls … More A New Kind Of Love

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The Odd Couple

BBB.5 (out of 5) Neil Simon’s most popular play is turned into a film that solidifies Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau‘s success as a comedy team, later spawning a popular television series. Lemmon plays a compulsively clean family man who breaks up with his wife and unsuccessfully attempts suicide. His poker buddy (Matthau), a slovenly fellow with … More The Odd Couple

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Hombre

BBBB (out of 5) Paul Newman continues his collection of anti-heroes with this excellent western, adapted from the novel by Elmore Leonard.  He plays a white man raised by Apaches who suffers the racism that is dealt towards all Natives of frontier America. His background becomes an asset, however, when a stagecoach is held up and … More Hombre

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Hud

BBBBB (out of 5) Fantastic western directed by Martin Ritt features Paul Newman at his best, playing among the most memorable anti-heroes in film history. It takes place on a cattle ranch where badass Hud (Newman) is living with his kindly father (a brilliant Melvyn Douglas) and their burnt-out housekeeper (an equally impressive Patricia Neal). … More Hud

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