Romance (1930)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.   USA, 1930.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Bess Meredyth, Edwin Justus Mayer, from the play by Edward Sheldon.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Clarence Brown.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Hugh Wynn.  Academy Awards 1929/1930. Unwatchable cornfest that captures Greta Garbo between stages of development as…

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Vito (2011)

JEFFREY SCHWARZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2011.  Automat Pictures, Making it Big. Cinematography by David Quantic.  Produced by Jeffrey Schwarz.  Music by Miriam Cutler.  Film Editing by Philip Harrison.  Dorian Awards 2011.   Sixteen years after the excellent documentary The Celluloid Closet, based on the book by Vito Russo, comes this superb documentary about the life of the…

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Ninotchka (1939)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1939.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, Walter Reisch, based on the original story by Melchior Lengyel.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by Werner R. Heymann.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.  Academy Awards 1939. Greta Garbo shines in her first comedy…

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Grand Hotel (1932)

EDMUND GOULDING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1932.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Vicki Baum, based on the play America by William A. Drake.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Irving Thalberg.  Music by Charles Maxwell.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Blanche Sewell.  Academy Awards 1931/1932. Perfectly enjoyable melodrama that puts a huge assortment of MGM stars…

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Camille (1936)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1936.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Zoe Akins, Frances Marion, James Hilton, from the play and novel by Alexandre Dumas fils.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels, Karl Freund.  Produced by Bernard H. Hyman, Irving Thalberg.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Margaret Booth.  Academy Awards 1937. Greta Garbo is excellent in…

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That’s Entertainment Part II

BBB.5 (out of 5) More greatest-hit clips from MGM’s vault, with the novelty wearing slightly thin but the material still entertaining. Hollywood veterans Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire take you on a continuing tour of the golden age of MGM movies, with song and dance numbers from films starring Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Bing Crosby, etc. In…

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Anna Karenina (1935)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1935.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Clemence Dane, Salka Viertel, dialogue adaptation by S.N. Behrman, based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.   Strongest film version of Leo Tolstoy’s classic…

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Anna Christie (English Version) (1930)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1930.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Frances Marion, based on the play by Eugene O’Neill.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Paul Bern, Clarence Brown, Irving Thalberg.  Music by William Axt.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Hugh Wynn.  Academy Awards 1929/1930. Garbo talks! The great actress’s first talkie is a bit…

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Flesh And The Devil (1926)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1926.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Benjamin Glazer, titles by Marian Ainslee, based on the novel The Undying Past by Hermann Sudermann.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Irving Thalberg.  Music by Carl Davis.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Fredric Hope.  Costume Design by Andre-ani.  Film Editing by Lloyd Nosier.   The great Garbo is luminous in…

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