Summer And Smoke (1961)

PETER GLENVILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1961. Hal Wallis Productions. Screenplay by James Poe, Meade Roberts, based on the play by Tennessee Williams. Cinematography by Charles Lang. Produced by Hal B. Wallis. Music by Elmer Bernstein. Production Design by Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler. Costume Design by Edith Head. Film Editing by…

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Hondo (1953)

JOHN FARROW Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.    USA, 1953.  Wayne-Fellows Productions, Batjac Productions.  Screenplay by James Edward Grant, from a story by Louis L’Amour.  Cinematography by Robert Burks, Archie Stout. Produced by Robert Fellows. Music by Hugo Friedhofer, Emil Newman. Production Design by Alfred Ybarra. Costume Design by Carl Walker. Film Editing by…

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The Happiest Millionaire (1967)

NORMAN TOKAR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.    USA, 1967.  Walt Disney Productions.  Screenplay by AJ Carothers, based on the play by Kyle Crichton and the book by Cordelia Drexel Biddle and Kyle Crichton.  Cinematography by Edward Colman.  Produced by Walt Disney.  Music by Jack Elliott, Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman.  Production Design…

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The Beguiled (1971)

DON SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1971.  The Malpaso Company.  Screenplay by Albert Maltz, Irene Kamp,based on the novel by Thomas Cullinan.  Cinematography by Bruce Surtees.  Produced by Don Siegel.  Music by Lalo Schifrin.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Helen Colvig.  Film Editing by Carl Pingitore.  A Yankee soldier (Clint Eastwood) is found near death on the grounds…

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The Day Of The Locust (1975)

JOHN SCHLESINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1975.  Paramount Pictures, Long Road Productions.  Screenplay by Waldo Salt, based on the novel by Nathanael West.  Cinematography by Conrad L. Hall.  Produced by Jerome Hellman.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Jim Clark.   William Atherton begins to work as an art director at…

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The Pope Of Greenwich Village (1984)

STUART ROSENBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1984.  United Artists.  Screenplay by Vincent Patrick, based on his novel.  Cinematography by John Bailey.  Produced by Gene Kirkwood, Hawk Koch.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert.  Costume Design by Joseph G. Aulisi.  Film Editing by Robert Brown.   Great character study whose shoddy plotting and weak direction is overcome by two sterling…

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The Trip To Bountiful (1985)

PETER MASTERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1985.  Bountiful Film Partners, FilmDallas Pictures.  Screenplay by Horton Foote, based on his play.  Cinematography by Fred Murphy.  Produced by Horton Foote, Sterling Van Wagenen.  Music by J.A.C. Redford.  Production Design by Neil Spisak.  Costume Design by Gary Jones.  Film Editing by Jay Freund.   Sweet, simple tale that is basically a one-woman showpiece for Geraldine…

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The Rescuers (1977)

WOLFGANG REITHERMAN, JOHN LOUNSBERY, ART STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1977.  Walt Disney Productions.  Story by Larry Clemmons, Ken Anderson, Frank Thomas, Vance Gerry, David Michener, Ted Berman, Fred Lucky, Burny Mattinson, Dick Sebast, based on the stories The Rescuers and Miss Bianca by Margery Sharp.  Produced by Wolfgang Reitherman.  Music by Artie Butler.  Production Design by Don…

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White Nights (1985)

TAYLOR HACKFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1985.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, New Visions, Delphi IV Productions.  Story by James Goldman, Screenplay by James Goldman, Eric Hughes.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by William S. Gilmore, Taylor Hackford.  Music by Michel Colombier.  Production Design by Philip Harrison.  Costume Design by Evangeline Harrison.  Film Editing by Fredric Steinkamp, William Steinkamp.   Soviet defector and ballet superstar…

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Sweet Bird Of Youth (1962)

RICHARD BROOKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1962.  Roxbury Productions Inc..Screenplay by Richard Brooks, based on the play by Tennessee Williams.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Harold Gelman.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Henry Berman.   Tennessee Williams makes his way to the big…

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Nasty Habits (1977)

MICHAEL LINDSAY-HOGG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1977.  Bowden Productions Limited.  Screenplay by Robert Enders, based on the novel The Abbess of Crewe by Muriel Spark.   Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by Robert Enders.  Music by John Cameron.  Production Design by Robert Jones.  Film Editing by Peter Tanner.   The makings of what should have been a winning classic somehow…

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Interiors (1978)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1978.  Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions, Rollins-Joffe Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Charles H. Joffe.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Joel Schumacher.  Film Editing by Ralph Rosenblum. This Ingmar Bergman-inspired drama is a complete reversal of style for Woody Allen, effectively capturing the…

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