Charly

RALPH NELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1968.  ABC Pictures, Robertson and Associates, Selmur Productions.  Screenplay by Stirling Silliphant, based on the novel Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes.  Cinematography by Arthur J. Ornitz.  Produced by Ralph Nelson.  Music by Ravi Shankar.  Production Design by John DeCuir.   Costume Design by Hazel Roy.  Film Editing by Fredric Steinkamp.  Academy Awards 1968.  Golden Globe Awards…

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Oliver!

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Preposterously loud and long adaptations of hit Broadway musicals were a staple of sixties films and, while this one threatens to be another soulless experience like My Fair Lady or The Music Man, it is not, mainly thanks to the wise decision to hire a director of the caliber of Carol Reed to make it…

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Romeo And Juliet (1968)

BBBB (out of 5) Shakespeare’s most popular play is adapted once again to the big screen, and unlike George Cukor’s version with Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard, this one features protagonists who are much closer to the correct age. Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting play the “star-crossed lovers” from two different families embroiled in a vendetta. Unable…

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The Odd Couple

BBB.5 (out of 5) Neil Simon’s most popular play is turned into a film that solidifies Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau‘s success as a comedy team, later spawning a popular television series. Lemmon plays a compulsively clean family man who breaks up with his wife and unsuccessfully attempts suicide. His poker buddy (Matthau), a slovenly fellow with…

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Isadora

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Vanessa Redgrave gives one of her most electrifying performances in this fascinating biography of modern dancer Isadora Duncan. Never having had any rigorous, traditional training, Duncan wowed the world with her physically free and exotic (sometimes erotic) methods of movement, ushering in a whole new era of the artform and capturing international…

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The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter

BBB.5 (out of 5) Moving film adaptation of the novel by Carson McCullers. A deaf-mute man (Alan Arkin) leaves town to follow his only friend (Chuck McCann) who has been placed in an asylum.  In his new location he rents a room in the house of an impoverished family whose father is unable to work…

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Poor Cow

BBB.5 (out of 5) Ken Loach’s film about a woman with a penchant for bad boys might seem a bit kitschy now, but compared with the other films in the period that were cashing in on the groovy appeal of the swinging sixties, it’s downright kitchen-sink dowdy. Carol White is excellent as a woman who gives…

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Rachel, Rachel

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Fascinating film that was shocking for the sixties and is deep, absorbing viewing for today. Joanne Woodward plays a frustrated and bored small-town schoolteacher whose fantasy life and sexual desires go way beyond the limits that have been set for her (it’s the earliest Hollywood film I have ever seen that deals…

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Shame (Skammen)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) One of the most exciting of the many curious and wonderful chamber pieces that Bergman filmed on his home island of Faro in the late sixties, with a science-fiction element that is exceptionally well achieved. Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann are a struggling married couple who have their personal crises ripped…

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The Bride Wore Black (La Mariee Etait En Noir)

BBBB (out of 5) Francois Truffaut pays marvelous tribute to Alfred Hitchcock with this thriller. Jeanne Moreau is excellent as a vengeful wife whose intention it is to kill the entire group of men responsible for the murder of her husband on her wedding day. One by one she ingratiates herself into their lives, carefully cornering…

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Stolen Kisses (Baisers Voles)

BBBBB (out of 5) The second feature concerning Antoine Doinel, the hero of The 400 Blows and the short film Antoine Et Colette, this marvelous comedy starts with the optimistic Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) being released from prison on a dishonourable discharge. Now an adult, his first step as a man-about-town is to find the nearest…

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Funny Girl

BBBBB (out of 5) The life of Fanny Brice made its way to the big screen after first appearing as a hugely successful Broadway musical produced by her son-in-law Ray Stark. The play made a stage star of recording artist Barbra Streisand, and then the marvelous film version made a deserved movie star out of…

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