A Kiss Before Dying (1956)

GERD OSWALD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1956.  Crown Productions.  Screenplay by Lawrence Roman, based on the novel by Ira Levin.  Cinematography by Lucien Ballard.  Produced by Robert L. Jacks.  Music by Lionel Newman.  Production Design by Addison Hehr.  Costume Design by Evelyn Carruth, Henry Helfman.  Film Editing by George A. Gittens. The first of two adaptations of Ira Levin’s first…

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Sliver (1993)

PHILLIP NOYCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1993.  Paramount Pictures, Robert Evans Company.  Screenplay by Joe Eszterhas, based on the novel by Ira Levin.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Robert Evans.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert.  Costume Design by Deborah Lynn Scott.  Film Editing by Richard Francis-Bruce, William Hoy. Laughable adaptation of Ira Levin’s novel retains the title and…

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The Stepford Wives (2004)

FRANK OZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 2004.  Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks, Scott Rudin Productions, De Line Pictures.  Screenplay by Paul Rudnick, based on the book by Ira Levin.  Cinematography by Rob Hahn.  Produced by Donald De Line, Gabriel Grunfeld, Scott Rudin, Edgar J. Scherick.    Music by David Arnold.    Production Design by Jackson De Govia.    Costume Design by…

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The Boys From Brazil (1978)

FRANKLIN J. SCHAFFNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1978.  Sir Lew Grade, Producers Circle, ITC Films.  Screenplay by Heywood Gould, based on the novel by Ira Levin.  Cinematography by Henri Decae.  Produced by Stanley O’Toole, Martin Richards.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Gil Parrondo.  Costume Design by Anthony Mendleson.  Film Editing by Robert Swink.   Laurence Olivier is terrific as a…

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The Stepford Wives (1975)

BRYAN FORBES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1975.  Palomar Pictures, Fadsin Cinema Associates.  Screenplay by William Goldman, based on the novel by Ira Levin.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Edgar J. Scherick.  Music by Michael Small.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Timothy Gee. Ira Levin’s creepy novel reaches the screen with mixed…

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Deathtrap (1982)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1982.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Jay Presson Allen, based on the play by Ira Levin.  Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak.  Produced by Burtt Harris.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by Tony Walton.  Costume Design by Tony Walton.  Film Editing by Jack Fitzstephens.   Stagebound adaptation of Ira Levin’s play fails to open the plot up for film but…

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A Kiss Before Dying (1991)

JAMES DEARDEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1991.  Universal Pictures, Initial Pictures, Kellgate Limited.  Screenplay by James Dearden, based on the novel by Ira Levin.  Cinematography by Mike Southon.  Produced by Robert Lawrence.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Jim Clay.  Costume Design by Marit Allen.  Film Editing by Michael Bradsell.   Sometimes Ira Levin novels make terrific films (Rosemary’s Baby),…

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Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

ROMAN POLANSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1968.  William Castle Productions.  Screenplay by Roman Polanski, based on the novel by Ira Levin.  Cinematography by William A. Fraker.  Produced by William Castle.  Music by Krzysztof Komeda.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Anthea Sylbert.  Film Editing by Sam O’Steen, Bob Wyman.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   The horror classic to end all…

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