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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Breaking The Sound Barrier (1952)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  Alternate title:  The Sound Barrier United Kingdom, 1952.  London Film Productions, British Lion Film Corporation.  Story and Screenplay by Terence Rattigan.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by David Lean.  Music by Malcolm Arnold.  Production Design by Joseph Bato, John Hawkesworth.  Costume Design by Elizabeth Hennings.  Film Editing by…

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Topaz (1969)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 1969.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Samuel A. Taylor, based on the novel by Leon Uris.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Alfred Hitchcock.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by William H. Ziegler. Alfred Hitchcock returns to a Cold War theme following his underwhelming Torn…

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The Millionairess (1960)

ANTHONY ASQUITH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  United Kingdom, 1960.  Twentieth Century Fox, Dimitri De Grunwald Production.  Screenplay by Wolf Mankowitz, adaptation by Riccardo Aragno, based on the play by George Bernard Shaw.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Pierre Rouve.  Music by Georges Van Parys.  Production Design by Paul Sheriff.  Costume Design by Pierre Balmain.  Film Editing by Anthony Harvey.   Abysmally…

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The Journey (1959)

ANATOLE LITVAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1959.  Alby Pictures.  Screenplay by George Tabouri.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Anatole Litvak.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by Isabella Schlichting, Werner Schlichting.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.   A varied group of passengers are trying to catch a flight out of Budapest during the Hungarian Uprising…

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The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964)

ANTHONY ASQUITH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom, 1964.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, De Grunwald Productions.  Screenplay by Terence Rattigan.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Anatole de Grunwald.  Music by Riz Ortolani.  Production Design by Pamela Cornell, John Jarvis.  Costume Design by Anthony Mendleson.  Film Editing by Frank Clarke.  Golden Globe Awards 1965. Anthony Asquith and Terence Rattigan team up to recreate the success of The…

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The Gypsy And The Gentleman (1958)

JOSEPH LOSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1958.  Maurice Cowan Productions, The Rank Organisation.  Screenplay by Janet Green, based on the novel Darkness I Love You by Nina Warner Hooks. Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Maurice Cowan.  Music by Hans May.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald.  Costume Design by Julie Harris.  Film Editing by Reginald Beck. Keith Michell…

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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.  Cannes Film Festival 1966. She’s…

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Hobson’s Choice (1954)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB. United Kingdom, 1954.  London Film Productions, British Lion Film Corporation.  Screenplay by David Lean, Norman Spencer, Wynyard Browne, based on the play by Harold Brighouse.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by David Lean.  Music by Malcolm Arnold.  Production Design by Wilfred Shingleton.  Costume Design by John Armstrong.  Film Editing by Peter Taylor. One of Britain’s most…

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The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1957.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Horizon Pictures.  Screenplay by Carl Foreman, Michael Wilson, based on the novel Le Pont de la Riviere Kwai by Pierre Boulle.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Malcolm Arnold.  Production Design by Donald M. Ashton.  Costume Design by John Wilson-Apperson.  Film Editing by Peter Taylor.  Academy Awards…

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Cleopatra (1963)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom/Switzerland, 1963.  Twentieth Century Fox, MCL Films S.A., Walwa Films S.A..  Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Ranald MacDougall, Sidney Buchman, based on the histories of Plutarch, Suetonius and Appian, and the book The Life And Times of Cleopatra by Carlo Mario Franzero.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy, Jack Hildyard.  Produced by…

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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.  Academy Awards 1960.  Golden Globe Awards 1960.   A sheep-herding Australian family lives…

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