Moby Dick (1956)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5 United Kingdom, 1956. Moulin Productions Inc.. Screenplay by Ray Bradbury, John Huston, based on the novel by Herman Melville. Cinematography by Oswald Morris. Produced by John Huston. Music by Philip Sainton. Production Design by Geoffrey Drake, Stephen Drake. Costume Design by Elizabeth Haffenden. Film Editing by Russell…

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The Big Sleep (1978)

MICHAEL WINNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 United Kingdom/USA, 1978. Winkast Film Productions, ITC Entertainment. Screenplay by Michael Winner, based on the novel by Raymond Chandler. Cinematography by Robert Paynter. Produced by Jerry Bick, Elliott Kastner, Michael Winner. Music by Jerry Fielding. Production Design by Harry Pottle. Costume Design by Ron Beck. Film Editing…

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The Nightcomers (1971)

MICHAEL WINNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  United Kingdom, 1971.  Elliott Kastner-Jay Kanter-Alan Ladd Jnr Productions, Scimitar Productions.  Screenplay by Michael Hastings, based on characters created by Henry James.   Cinematography by Robert Paynter.   Produced by Michael Winner.   Music by Jerry Fielding.  Production Design by Herbert Westbrook.   Costume Design by Ray Beck.  Film Editing by…

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Entertaining Mr Sloane (1970)

DOUGLAS HICKOX Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   United Kingdom, 1970.  Canterbury Film Productions.  Screenplay by Clive Exton, based on the play by Joe Orton.  Cinematography by Wolfgang Suschitzky.  Produced by Douglas Kentish.  Music by Georgie Fame.   Production Design by Michael Seymour.  Costume Design by Emma Porteous.  Film Editing by John Trumper. Joe Orton’s best-known play is brought to the big screen…

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The Blue Bird (1976)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/Soviet Union, 1976.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Lenfilm Studio, Edward Lewis Productions, Sovinfilm, Tower International. Screenplay by Hugh Whitemore, Alfred Hayes, Aleksei Kapler, based on the play by Maurice Maeterlinck.  Cinematography by Jonas Gricius, Freddie Young.  Produced by Paul Maslansky, Harry N. Blum, Robert H. Greenberg.  Music by Irwin Kostal.  Production Design…

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Theatre of Blood (1973)

DOUGLAS HICKOX Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom, 1973.  Harbour Productions Limited, Cineman Productions.  Idea by Stanley Mann, John Kohn, Screenplay by Anthony Greville-Bell.  Cinematography by Wolfgang Suschitzky.  Produced by John Kohn, Stanley Mann.  Music by Michael J. Lewis.  Production Design by Michael Seymour.  Costume Design by Michael Baldwin.  Film Editing by Malcolm Cooke. For anyone who thinks that Shakespeare is meant…

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Watership Down (1978)

MARTIN ROSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1978.  Nepenthe Productions, Watership Productions.  Screenplay by Martin Rosen, based on the novel by Richard Adams.  Produced by Martin Rosen.  Music by Angela Morley.  Film Editing by Terry Rawlings.   This animated film is about a small group of rabbits who have been told by their seer that their warren is…

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Modesty Blaise (1966)

JOSEPH LOSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1966.  Modesty Blaise Ltd., Twentieth Century-Fox Productions.  Screenplay by Evan Jones, based on the comic strip by Peter O’Donnell, Jim Holdaway. Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Joseph Janni.  Music by John Dankworth.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald.  Costume Design by Beatrice Dawson.  Film Editing by Reginald Beck.   She’s an ace with…

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Nicholas And Alexandra (1971)

FRANKLIN J. SCHAFFNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  United Kingdom, 1971.  Horizon Pictures.  Screenplay by James Goldman, additional dialogue by Edward Bond, based on the book by Robert K. Massie.  Cinematography by Freddie Young.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Richard Rodney Bennett.  Production Design by John Box.  Costume Design by Yvonne Blake.  Film Editing by Ernest Walter.   If the real Romanovs were this boring…

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Death On The Nile (1978)

JOHN GUILLERMIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. United Kingdom, 1978.  Mersham Productions Ltd..  Screenplay by Anthony Shaffer, based on the novel by Agatha Christie.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.   Produced by John Brabourne, Richard B. Goodwin.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Peter Murton.  Costume Design by Anthony Powell.  Film Editing by Malcolm Cooke.   Like Murder On The Orient Express before it, this…

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The Ruling Class (1972)

PETER MEDAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1972.  Keep Films.  Screenplay by Peter Barnes, based on his play.   Cinematography by Ken Hodges.   Produced by Jules Buck, Jack Hawkins.   Music by John Cameron.   Production Design by Peter Murton.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Ray Lovejoy.   Brilliantly perverse observation of the upper classes, and one of the…

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Barabbas (1961)

RICHARD FLEISCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Italy, 1961.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Dino De Laurentiis Company.  Screenplay by Christopher Fry, based on the novel by Par Lagerkvist.  Cinematography by Aldo Tonti. Produced by Dino De Laurentiis.  Music by Mario Nascimbene.  Production Design by Mario Chiari. Costume Design by Maria De Matteis.  Film Editing by Raymond Poulton.  Those who enjoyed the gladiatorial…

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