Any Number Can Win (1963)

HENRI VERNEUIL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original Title: Mélodie en sous-sol France/Italy, 1963.  Cité Films, Compagnia Cinematografica Mondiale, Compagnie Internationale de Productions Cinématographiques.  Screenplay by Albert Simonin, dialogue by Michel Audiard, based on the novel by Zekial Marko.  Cinematography by Louis Page.  Produced by Jacques Bar, Jacques Juranville.  Music by Michel Magne.  Production…

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America America (1963)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1963.  Athena Enterprises, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Elia Kazan.  Cinematography by Haskell Wexler.  Produced by Elia Kazan.  Music by Manos Hatzidakis.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Dede Allen.  Actors Index:  John Marley.   After a decade of scintillating stage and literary adaptations, director Elia Kazan turns to more…

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Move Over, Darling (1963)

MICHAEL GORDON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1963.  Melcher-Arcola Productions.  Screenplay by Hal Kanter, Jack Sher, based on a story by Bella Spewack, Sam Spewack, Leo McCarey, and a screenplay by Bella Spewack, Sam Spewack.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Martin Melcher, Aaron Rosenberg.  Music by Lionel Newman.  Production Design by Hilyard M. Brown, Jack Martin Smith.  Costume Design…

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The Great Escape (1963)

JOHN STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1963.  The Mirisch Company.  Screenplay by James Clavell, W.R. Burnett, based on the book by Paul Brickhill.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by John Sturges.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Fernando Carrere.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.   A huge cast of actors is assembled for this exciting wartime adventure. Steve McQueen heads…

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Irma La Douce (1963)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1963.  The Mirisch Corporation, Phalanx Productions.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on the play by Alexandre Breffort.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Edward L. Alperson, Billy Wilder.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.   The idea here was to reunite the cast and…

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Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

GEORGE SIDNEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1963.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Kohlmar-Sidney Productions.  Screenplay by Irving Brecher, based on the play by Michael Stewart.  Cinematography by Joseph F. Biroc.  Produced by Fred Kohlmar.  Production Design by Paul Groesse.  Film Editing by Charles Nelson.   Weak adaptation of the hit Broadway musical marks the film debut of Dick Van Dyke, recreating his role from…

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A New Kind Of Love (1963)

MELVILLE SHAVELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1963.  Llenroc Productions, Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Melville Shavelson.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Melville Shavelson.  Music by Erroll Garner, Leith Stevens.  Production Design by Arthur Lonergan, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.   Definitely not a new kind of movie.  Joanne Woodward plays a dowdy fashion…

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Tom Jones (1963)

TONY RICHARDSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1963.  Woodfall Film Productions. Screenplay by John Osborne, based on the novel by Henry Fielding.  Cinematography by Walter Lassally.  Produced by Tony Richardson.  Music by John Addison.  Production Design by Ralph W. Brinton.  Costume Design by John McCorry.  Film Editing by Antony Gibbs.   Deliciously bawdy adaptation of Henry Fielding’s popular 19th-century novel about…

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The Cardinal (1963)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1963.  Otto Preminger Films.  Screenplay by Robert Dozier, based on the novel by Henry Morton Robinson.   Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.   Produced by Otto Preminger.   Music by Jerome Moross.   Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Donald Brooks.    Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.   Otto Preminger exposed the complicated morality…

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Love With The Proper Stranger (1963)

ROBERT MULLIGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1963.  Pakula-Mulligan, Boardwalk Productions, Rona.  Screenplay by Arnold Schulman.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.Produced by Alan J. Pakula.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Aaron Stell.   Steve McQueen plays a loose-living New York City musician who thinks he’s going to…

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The Haunting (1963)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1963.  Argyle Enterprises.  Screenplay by Nelson Gidding, based on the novel The Haunting Of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.  Cinematography by Davis Boulton.  Produced by Robert Wise.  Music by Humphrey Searle.  Production Design by Elliot Scott.  Costume Design by Maude Churchill.  Film Editing by Ernest Walter.   Shy, neurotic Julie Harris lives under the thumb…

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Cleopatra (1963)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom/Switzerland, 1963.  Twentieth Century Fox, MCL Films S.A., Walwa Films S.A..  Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Ranald MacDougall, Sidney Buchman, based on the histories of Plutarch, Suetonius and Appian, and the book The Life And Times of Cleopatra by Carlo Mario Franzero.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy, Jack Hildyard.  Produced by…

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