The Crimson Kimono (1959)

SAMUEL FULLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1959. Columbia Pictures, Globe Enterprises.  Screenplay by Samuel Fuller. Cinematography by Sam Leavitt. Produced by Samuel Fuller. Music by Harry Sukman. Production Design by Robert F. Boyle, William Flannery. Costume Design by Bernice Pontrelli. Film Editing by Jerome Thoms. Golden Globe Awards 1959.  An exotic dancer…

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Porgy And Bess (1959)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1959.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by N. Richard Nash, based on the musical by DuBose Heyward, from the play by Dorothy Heyward.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by George Gershwin.  Production Design by Oliver Smith.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film…

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Some Like It Hot (1959)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1959.  Ashton Productions, The Mirisch Corporation.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, suggested by a story by Robert Thoeren, Michael Logan.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Adolph Deutsch.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.  Academy Awards 1959.  Golden Globe Awards 1959. This hysterical comedy…

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The Bridge (1959)

BERNARD WICKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Die Brucke West Germany, 1959.  Fono Film.  Screenplay by Michael Mansfeld, Karl-Wilhelm Vivier, based on the novel by Manfred Gregor.  Cinematography by Gerd von Bonin.  Produced by Hermann Schwerin.  Music by Hans-Martin Majewski.  Production Design by Heinrich Graf Bruhl, Peter Scharff.  Costume Design by Josef Wanke.  Film Editing by Carl Otto Bartning.  Academy Awards 1959.  Golden Globe Awards…

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Imitation Of Life (1959)

DOUGLAS SIRK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1959.  Universal International Pictures.  Screenplay by Eleanor Griffin, Allan Scott, based on the novel by Fannie Hurst.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Ross Hunter.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Richard H. Riedel.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.  Academy Awards 1959.  Golden Globe Awards 1959.   The subliminal messages in this…

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Anatomy Of A Murder

BBBB (out of 5) Small-town lawyer James Stewart returns from a fishing trip to discover that he is required to defend a soldier who shot a bartender at the town’s local eatery. The defendant (Ben Gazzara in one of his earliest roles) killed the murder victim because he allegedly raped his provocatively sexy wife (Lee Remick, also…

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Pillow Talk (1959)

MICHAEL GORDON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1959.  Arwin Productions.  Story by Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene, Screenplay by Stanley Shapiro, Maurice Richlin.  Cinematography by Arthur E. Arling.  Produced by Ross Hunter, Martin Melcher.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by Richard H. Riedel.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Milton Carruth.  Academy Awards 1959.  Golden Globe Awards 1959.   The first of three hugely…

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Ben-Hur (1959)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1959.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Karl Tunberg, based on the novel by Lew Wallace.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Sam Zimbalist.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Vittorio Valentini.  Costume Design by Elizabeth Haffenden.  Film Editing by John D. Duning, Ralph E. Winters.  Academy Awards 1959.  Golden Globe Awards 1959.   “Gorgeously junky” is how uncredited screenwriter…

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The Diary Of Anne Frank (1959)

GEORGE STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1959.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, George Stevens Productions.  Screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, based on their play, from the book Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor.  Produced by George Stevens.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Lyle…

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Room At The Top (1959)

JACK CLAYTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1959.  Romulus Films, Remus.  Screenplay by Neil Paterson, based on the novel by John Braine.  Cinematography by Freddie Francis.  Produced by James Woolf, John Woolf.  Music by Mario Nascimbene.  Production Design by Ralph W. Brinton.  Costume Design by Rahvis.  Film Editing by Ralph Kemplen.  Academy Awards 1959.  Cannes Film Festival 1959.  Golden Globe Awards 1959. Mix…

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Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro)

BBBB (out of 5) Gorgeous, musical film version of the Orpheus myth set during the carnival in Rio De Janeiro. Orpheus is now a guitar-playing streetcar worker who falls in love with Eurydice, a young girl who has come to Rio to visit her cousin and see the festival. No matter that he already has…

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The Nun’s Story (1959)

FRED ZINNEMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1959.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Robert Anderson, based on the book by Kathryn Hulme.  Cinematography by Franz Planer.  Produced by Henry Blanke.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Marjorie Best.  Film Editing by Walter Thompson.  Academy Awards 1959.  Golden Globe Awards 1959. Audrey Hepburn gives one of her most powerful performances in…

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