The Angel Levine (1970)

JAN KADAR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1970. Belafonte Enterprises. Screenplay by Bill Gunn, Ronald Ribman, based on a story by Bernard Malamud. Cinematography by Richard C. Kratina. Produced by Chiz Schultz. Music by Zdenek Liska. Production Design by George Jenkins. Costume Design by Domingo A. Rodriguez. Film Editing by Carl Lerner. Zero…

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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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The Paper Chase (1973)

JAMES BRIDGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1973.  Thompson-Paul Productions, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by James Bridges, based on the novel by John Jay Osborn Jr..  Cinematography by Gordon Willis. Produced by Rodrick Paul, Robert C. Thompson.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Film Editing by Walter Thompson.   Timothy Bottoms arrives for his first year of Harvard Law…

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Starting Over (1979)

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1979.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by James L. Brooks, based on the novel by Dan Wakefield.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by James L. Brooks, Alan J. Pakula.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by John Boxer.  Film Editing by Marion Rothman.   Candice Bergen is tired of being upper-middle-class housewife…

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The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (1947)

NORMAN Z. McLEOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1947.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Ken Englund, Everett Freeman, from a story by James Thurber.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by Perry Ferguson, George Jenkins.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film Editing by Monica Collingwood.   A thoroughly delightful experience. Walter Mitty (Danny Kaye in…

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The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1947.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Robert E. Sherwood, Leonardo Bercovici, based on the novel by Robert Nathan.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Hugo Friedhofer.  Production Design by Perry Ferguson, George Jenkins.  Costume Design by Adrian, Irene Sharaff.  Film Editing by Monica Collingwood.   Delightful romantic comedy about a frustrated…

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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

BOB RAFELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA/West Germany, 1981.  CIP Filmproduktion GmbH, Lorimar Film Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, New Gold Entertainment, Northstar International.  Screenplay by David Mamet, based on the novel by James M. Cain.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Charles Mulvehill, Bob Rafelson.  Music by Michael Small.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins.  Film Editing by Graeme Clifford.  …

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The Miracle Worker (1962)

ARTHUR PENN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1962.  Playfilm Productions.  Screenplay by William Gibson, based on his play, adapted from the book The Story of My Life by Helen Keller.  Cinematography by Ernesto Caparros.  Produced by Fred Coe.  Music by Laurence Rosenthal.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by Ruth Morley.  Film Editing by Aram Avakian.    A bit melodramatic at…

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1776 (1972)

PETER H. HUNT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1972.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Peter Stone, based on the play by Sherman Edwards, Peter Stone.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Jr..  Produced by Jack L. Warner.  Music by Sherman Edwards.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by Patricia Zipprodt.  Film Editing by Florence Williamson, William H. Ziegler.   The months leading up…

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Funny Lady (1975)

HERBERT ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1975.  Columbia Pictures, Rastar Pictures.  Story by Arnold Schulman, Screenplay by Jay Presson Allen, Arnold Schulman.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Fred Ebb, John Kander, Peter Matz.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by Ray Aghayan, Bob Mackie.  Film Editing by Marion Rothman.   Is it possible that Fanny Brice’s…

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Presumed Innocent (1990)

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1990.  Warner Bros., Mirage Enterprises.  Screenplay by Frank Pierson, Alan J. Pakula, based on the novel by Scott Turow.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Sydney Pollack, Mark Rosenberg.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by John Boxer.  Film Editing by Evan A. Lottman.   Harrison Ford plays a well-respected…

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Sophie’s Choice (1982)

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1982.  Incorporated Television Company, Keith Barish Productions.  Screenplay by Alan J. Pakula, based on the novel by William Styron.  Cinematography by Nestor Almendros.  Produced by Keith Barish, Alan J. Pakula.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Evan A. Lottman.   The performance that…

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