The Big Sleep (1978)

MICHAEL WINNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 United Kingdom/USA, 1978. Winkast Film Productions, ITC Entertainment. Screenplay by Michael Winner, based on the novel by Raymond Chandler. Cinematography by Robert Paynter. Produced by Jerry Bick, Elliott Kastner, Michael Winner. Music by Jerry Fielding. Production Design by Harry Pottle. Costume Design by Ron Beck. Film Editing…

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In Which We Serve (1942)

NOEL COWARD, DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1942.  Two Cities Films, The London Symphony Orchestra.  Screenplay by Noel Coward.  Cinematography by Ronald Neame.  Produced by Noël Coward.  Music by Noël Coward.  Production Design by David Rawnsley.  Film Editing by Thelma Connell.  David Lean was hired by Noel Coward to assist…

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Edward, My Son (1949)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart, based on the play by Robert Morley, Noel Langley.  Cinematography by Freddie Young.  Produced by Edwin H. Knopf.  Music by John Wooldridge.  Production Design by Alfred Junge.  Film Editing by Raymond Poulton.   Robert Morley and Noel Langley’s play is adapted into pure film treacle, imagine an…

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Beau Brummell (1954)

CURTIS BERNHARDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA/United Kingdom, 1954.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Karl Tunberg, based on the play by Clyde Fitch.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by Sam Zimbalist.  Music by Richard Addinsell.  Production Design by Alfred Junge.  Costume Design by Elizabeth Haffenden.  Film Editing by Frank Clarke. The famed Englishman whose name is still often used to denote sartorial prowess began as a…

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The Great Escape (1963)

JOHN STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1963.  The Mirisch Company.  Screenplay by James Clavell, W.R. Burnett, based on the book by Paul Brickhill.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by John Sturges.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Fernando Carrere.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.   A huge cast of actors is assembled for this exciting wartime adventure. Steve McQueen heads…

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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.   American…

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Lust For Life (1956)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1956.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Norman Corwin, based on the novel by Irving Stone.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan, Freddie Young.  Produced by John Houseman.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan.   Irving Stone’s novel about Vincent Van…

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