Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

GABRIEL PASCAL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  United Kingdom, 1945.  Gabriel Pascal Productions, National Symphony Orchestra.  Screenplay by George Bernard Shaw, based on his play.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff, Jack Hildyard, Robert Krasker, Freddie Young.  Produced by Gabriel Pascal.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by John Bryan.  Costume Design by Oliver Messel.  Film Editing…

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War And Peace (1956)

KING VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA/Italy, 1956.  Ponti-De Laurentiis Cinematografica.  Screenplay by Bridget Boland, Robert Westerby, King Vidor, Mario Camerini, Ennio De Concini, Ivo Perilli, based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Mario Chiari.  Costume Design…

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The Wicked Lady (1983)

MICHAEL WINNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.   United Kingdom, 1983.  Golan-Globus Productions, London-Cannon Films.  Screenplay by Leslie Arliss, Michael Winner, additional dialogue by Gordon Glennon, Aimee Stuart, based on the book Life and Death of the Wicked Lady Skelton by Magdalen King-Hall.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan.  Music by Tony Banks.  Production Design by John Blezard.  Costume Design by…

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Sons And Lovers (1960)

JACK CARDIFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1960.  Jerry Wald Productions.  Screenplay by Gavin Lambert, T.E.B. Clarke, based on the novel by D.H. Lawrence.  Cinematography by Freddie Francis.  Produced by Jerry Wald.  Music by Mario Nascimbene.  Production Design by Thomas N. Morahan.  Costume Design by Margaret Furse.  Film Editing by Gordon Pilkington.  Academy Awards 1960.  Cannes Film Festival 1960.  Golden Globe Awards 1960.  National Board of…

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A Matter Of Life And Death (1946)

MICHAEL POWELL, EMERIC PRESSBURGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Alternate title:  Stairway To Heaven United Kingdom, 1946.  The Archers.  Screenplay by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.  Music by Allan Gray.  Production Design by Alfred Junge.  Costume Design by Hein Heckroth.  Film Editing by Reginald Mills. Gorgeously photographed, full-colour romantic fantasy set during World War II,…

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The Red Shoes (1948)

MICHAEL POWELL, EMERIC PRESSBURGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1948.  The Archers.  Screenplay by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, additional dialogue by Keith Winter, based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.  Music by Brian Easdale.  Production Design by Hein Heckroth.  Costume Design by Hein Heckroth.  Film Editing by Reginald Mills.  Academy Awards 1948.  Golden…

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Black Narcissus (1947)

MICHAEL POWELL, EMERIC PRESSBURGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1947.  The Archers.  Screenplay by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, based on the novel by Rumer Godden.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.  Music by Brian Easdale.  Production Design by Alfred Junge.  Costume Design by Hein Heckroth.  Film Editing by Reginald Mills.  Academy Awards 1947.  Golden Globe Awards 1947.  Podcast: …

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The Prince And The Showgirl

LAURENCE OLIVIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1957.  Warner Bros., Marilyn Monroe Productions.  Screenplay by Terence Rattigan, based on his play The Sleeping Prince. Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Laurence Olivier.  Music by Richard Addinsell.  Production Design by Roger K. Furse.  Costume Design by Beatrice Dawson.  Film Editing by Jack Harris.   Magnificent performances atone for a sluggish pace and…

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Pandora And The Flying Dutchman (1951)

ALBERT LEWIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1951.  Dorkay Productions, Romulus Films.  Story and Screenplay by Albert Lewin.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Joe Kaufmann, Albert Lewin.  Music by Alan Rawsthorne.  Production Design by John Bryan.  Costume Design by Beatrice Dawson.  Film Editing by Ralph Kemplen.   Romance is often this ridiculous but rarely so lush and enjoyable at the…

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The Barefoot Contessa (1954)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Italy, 1954.  Transoceanic Film, Figaro.  Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Robert Haggiag, Angelo Rizzoli.  Music by Mario Nascimbene.  Production Design by Arrigo Equini. Costume Design by Fontana.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck.  Academy Awards 1954.  Golden Globe Awards 1954. Ava Gardner is usually defined by her appearance in this movie,…

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Death On The Nile

BBBB (out of 5) Like Murder On The Orient Express before it, this is an energetic and enjoyable adaptation of an Agatha Christie murder mystery. A group of strangers, old aristocrats and young lovers among them, travel on a barge down the famed Egyptian river and are shocked when one of their passengers, a beautiful…

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Fanny (1961)

JOSHUA LOGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1961.  Warner Bros., Mansfield Productions. Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, based on the play by S.N. Behrman, Joshua Logan, from the Marseilles trilogy by Marcel Pagnol.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Joshua Logan.  Music by Harold Rome.  Production Design by Rino Mondellini.  Costume Design by Anne-Marie Marchand.  Film Editing by William Reynolds.  Academy…

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