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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Moulin Rouge (1952)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1952.  Romulus Films.  Screenplay by Anthony Veiller, John Huston, based on the novel by Pierre La Mure.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by John Huston, James Woolf, John Woolf.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by Marcel Vertes.  Costume Design by Julia Squire.  Film Editing by Ralph Kemplen.  Academy Awards 1952.  Golden Globe Awards…

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The Journey (1959)

ANATOLE LITVAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1959.  Alby Pictures.  Screenplay by George Tabouri.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Anatole Litvak.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by Isabella Schlichting, Werner Schlichting.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.   A varied group of passengers are trying to catch a flight out of Budapest during the Hungarian Uprising…

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Gervaise (1956)

RENE CLEMENT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  France, 1956.  Agnes Delahaie Productions, Silver Films, Compagnie Industrielle et Commerciale Cinématographique. Screenplay by Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost, based on the novel L’Assommoir by Emile Zola.  Cinematography by Robert Juillard.  Produced by Agnes Delahaie.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by Paul Bertrand.  Costume Design by Mayo.  Film Editing by Henri Rust.  Academy Awards 1956.   Maria…

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Goodbye Again (1961)

ANATOLE LITVAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. Alternate title:  Aimez-Vous Brahms? France/USA, 1961.  Argus Film, Mercury Productions.  Screenplay by Samuel A. Taylor, based on the novel Aimez-vous Brahms? by Francoise Sagan.  Cinematography by Armand Thirard.  Produced by Anatole Litvak.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Film Editing by Bert Bates.  Cannes Film Festival 1961. Ingrid Bergman is divine as a Paris…

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The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953)

CHARLES CRICHTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1953.  Ealing Studios, Michael Balcon Productions.  Screenplay by T.E.B. Clarke.  Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by Michael Truman.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by C.P. Norman.  Film Editing by Seth Holt.   Delightful comedy from the halcyon days of Ealing’s reign over the British film industry.  The route between Titfield and Mallingford is…

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Bonjour Tristesse (1958)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1958.  Wheel Productions.  Screenplay by Arthur Laurents, based on the novel by Francoise Sagan.  Cinematography by Georges Perinal.  Produced by Otto Preminger.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by Roger K. Furse.  Costume Design by Hope Bryce.  Film Editing by Helga Cranston.  Otto Preminger’s melodrama about the pains of coming of age may seem…

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Lola Montes (1955)

MAX OPHULS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/West Germany, 1955.  Gamma Film, Florida Films, Union-Film.  Scenario by Max Ophuls, Adaptation by Annette Wademant, Max Ophuls, Dialogue by Jacques Natanson, based on the novel La Vie Extraordinaire de Lola Montes by Cecil Saint-Laurent.  Cinematography by Christian Matras.  Produced by Albert Caraco.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by Jean d’Eaubonne.  Costume Design by…

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Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1957.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, John Huston, based on the novel by Charles Shaw.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by Buddy Adler, Eugene Frenke.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by Stephen B. Grimes.  Costume Design by Elizabeth Haffenden.  Film Editing by Russell Lloyd.  Academy Awards 1957.  Golden Globe Awards 1957. A…

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Rififi (1955)

JULES DASSIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Du Rififi Chez Les Hommes France, 1955.  Pathe Consortium Cinema, IndusFilms, Societe Nouvelle Pathe Cinema, Primafilm.  Screenplay by Jules Dassin, dialogue by Auguste Le Breton, in collaboration with Rene Wheeler, based on the novel Du Rififi Chez Les Hommes by Auguste Le Breton.  Cinematography by Philippe Agostini.  Produced by Rene Bezard, Henri…

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Passport To Pimlico

HENRY CORNELIUS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   The exploding of an abandoned World War II bomb creates more trouble than anticipated in the post-war London neighbourhood of Pimlico. The explosion reveals a buried hoard of treasure that is traced back to the last Burgundian ruler, along with an ancient decree that the land that Pimlico…

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The Mystery Of Picasso (1956)

HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  Original title:  Le Mystere Picasso France, 1956.  Filmsonor.  Cinematography by Claude Renoir.  Produced by Henri-Georges Clouzot.  Music by Georges Auric.  Film Editing by Henri Colpi.  Cannes Film Festival 1956.   Fascinating experimental film, in which Henri-Georges Clouzot films Pablo Picasso painting a canvas right onto the screen (he’s actually painting on specially designed, transparent canvasses),…

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