Save The Tiger (1973)

JOHN G. AVILDSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1973.  Filmways Pictures, Cirandinha Productions, Jalem Productions.  Screenplay by Steve Shagan.  Cinematography by James Crabe.  Produced by Martin Ransohoff, Steve Shagan.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Jack T. Collis.  Costume Design by John A. Anderson.  Film Editing by David Bretherton.  Academy Awards 1973.  Golden Globe Awards 1973. Screenwriter Steve Shagan barely conceals his contempt … More Save The Tiger (1973)

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Avanti!

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5. Italy/USA, 1972.  Jalem Productions, The Mirisch Corporation, Phalanx Productions, Produzioni Europee Associate.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on the play by Samuel A. Taylor.  Cinematography by Luigi Kuveiller.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Production Design by Ferdinando Scarfiotti.  Costume Design by Annalisa Nasalli-Rocca.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.  Golden Globe Awards 1972.   Jack Lemmon shows up … More Avanti!

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Kotch

BBB.5 (out of 5) Walter Matthau enjoys his days in charge of his beloved grandson, but his son and daughter-in-law eventually feel he is being asked to do too much and hire the child a nanny (a marvelous Deborah Winters). This allows Matthau to make more of a nuisance of himself than usual, prompting the … More Kotch

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Mister Roberts (1955)

MERVYN LeROY, JOHN FORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1955.  Warner Bros., Orange.  Screenplay by Frank S. Nugent, Joshua Logan, based on the play by Thomas Heggen, Joshua Logan, from the novel by Thomas Heggen.  Cinematography by Winton C. Hoch.  Produced by Leland Hayward.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Art Loel.  Costume Design by Moss Mabry.  Film Editing by Jack Murray.  Academy … More Mister Roberts (1955)

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It Should Happen To You (1954)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1954.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story and Screenplay by Garson Kanin.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Fred Kohlmar.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by John Meehan.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Charles Nelson.  Academy Awards 1954.   Judy Holliday reunites with Born Yesterday writer Garson Kanin and director George Cukor for another look at an … More It Should Happen To You (1954)

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The Fortune Cookie

BBBB (out of 5) This was the first time that Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau were teamed up on screen, and from this point on a legendary cinematic pairing was born. Lemmon plays an unhappily married business man who is persuaded by his money-grubbing brother-in-law to play up a minor injury into a major lawsuit that they … More The Fortune Cookie

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Irma La Douce

BB.5 (out of 5) The idea here was to reunite the cast and director of The Apartment and create yet another successful masterpiece that would please both critics and audiences. The result was probably favourable to audiences at the time, but forty years down the road it doesn’t look nearly as good as their previous … More Irma La Douce

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