This Happy Breed (1944)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1944.  Two Cities Films, Noel Coward-Cineguild.   Screenplay by David Lean, Ronald Neame, Anthony Havelock-Allan, based on the play by Noel Coward.   Cinematography by Ronald Neame.  Produced by Noël Coward.  Music by Muir Mathieson, Clifton Parker.  Production Design by C.P. Norman.  Costume Design by Hilda Collins. …

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Blithe Spirit (1945)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1945.  Two Cities Films, Noel Coward-Cineguild.  Screenplay by David Lean, Ronald Neame, Anthony Havelock-Allan, based on the play by Noel Coward.  Cinematography by Ronald Neame.  Produced by Noel Coward.  Music by Richard Addinsell.  Production Design by C.P. Norman.  Costume Design by Raemonde Rahvis.  Film Editing…

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Billy Budd (1962)

PETER USTINOV Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1962.  Allied Artists Pictures, Anglo Allied.  Screenplay by Peter Ustinov, DeWitt Bodeen, based on the play by Louis O. Coxe and Robert H. Chapman and the novel Billy Budd, Foretopman by Herman Melville.  Cinematography by Robert Krasker.  Produced by Peter Ustinov.  Music by Antony Hopkins.  Production Design by Donald M. Ashton.  Costume…

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The Prince And The Showgirl (1957)

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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The Chalk Garden (1964)

RONALD NEAME Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1964.  Quota Rentals Limited, Ross Hunter Productions, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by John Michael Hayes, based on the play by Enid Bagnold.  Cinematography by Arthur Ibbetson.  Produced by Ross Hunter.  Music by Malcolm Arnold.  Production Design by Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by Julie Harris.  Film Editing by Jack Harris.   Hayley Mills plays a precocious teenager…

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The Ladykillers (1955)

ALEXANDER MACKENDRICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1955.  The Rank Organisation, Ealing Studios.  Story and Screenplay by William Rose.  Cinematography by Otto Heller.  Produced by Michael Balcon.  Music by Tristram Cary.  Production Design by Jim Morahan.  Costume Design by Anthony Mendleson.  Film Editing by Jack Harris.   Positively hysterical comedy that makes for one of the very best of the Ealing films made…

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Brief Encounter (1945)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1945.  Cineguild.  Screenplay by Anthony Havelock-Allan, David Lean, Ronald Neame, based on the play Still Life by Noel Coward.  Cinematography by Robert Krasker.  Produced by Noel Coward.  Music by John Hollingsworth, Percival Mackey, Muir Mathieson.  Production Design by Lawrence P. Williams.  Film Editing by Jack Harris.   A decades-beloved romantic classic that truly…

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Great Expectations (1946)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1946.  Cineguild.  Screenplay by David Lean, Ronald Neame, Anthony Havelock-Allan, Kay Walsh, Cecil McGivern,based on the novel by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Guy Green.  Produced by Ronald Neame.  Music by Walter Goehr.  Production Design by John Bryan.  Costume Design by Sophie Devine.  Film Editing by Jack Harris.  Podcast:  My Criterions.  The best adaptation of a Dickens novel…

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Oliver Twist (1948)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1948.  Cineguild.  Screenplay by David Lean, Stanley Haynes, Eric Ambler, Kay Walsh, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Guy Green.  Produced by Ronald Neame.  Music by Arnold Bax.  Production Design by T. Hopewall Ash, Claude Momsay.  Costume Design by Margaret Furse.  Film Editing by Jack Harris.  Podcast:  My Criterions.  David Lean followed his scintillating…

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The Sundowners (1960)

FRED ZINNEMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1960.  Warner Bros. Productions.  Screenplay by Isobel Lennart, based on the novel by Jon Cleary.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Gerry Blattner.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Michael Stringer.  Costume Design by Elizabeth Haffenden.  Film Editing by Jack Harris.   A sheep-herding Australian family lives nomadically across the wild outback of…

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Indiscreet (1958)

STANLEY DONEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1958.  Warner Bros., Grandon Productions Ltd..  Screenplay by Norman Krasna, based on his play Kind Sir.  Cinematography by Freddie Young.  Produced by Stanley Donen.  Music by Richard Rodney Bennett, Ken Jones.  Production Design by Donald M. Ashton.  Film Editing by Jack Harris.   Beautiful little charmer adapted by Norman Krasna from his play Kind…

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Miller’s Crossing (1990)

JOEL COEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1990.  Circle Films, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, based on the novels Red Harvest and Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett.  Cinematography by Barry Sonnenfeld.  Produced by Ethan Coen.  Music by Carter Burwell.  Production Design by Dennis Gassner.  Costume Design by Richard Hornung.  Film Editing by Michael R. Miller. The Coen…

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