The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie

RONALD NEAME Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1969.  Twentieth Century-Fox Productions.  Screenplay by Jay Presson Allen, based on her play, adapted from the novel by Muriel Spark.  Cinematography by Ted Moore.  Produced by Robert Fryer.  Music by Rod McKuen.  Production Design by John Howell.  Costume Design by Joan Bridge, Elizabeth Haffenden.  Film Editing by Norman Savage.  Academy Awards 1969.  Cannes Film Festival…

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Funny Lady (1975)

HERBERT ROSS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1975.  Columbia Pictures, Rastar Pictures.  Story by Arnold Schulman, Screenplay by Jay Presson Allen, Arnold Schulman.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Fred Ebb, John Kander, Peter Matz.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by Ray Aghayan, Bob Mackie.  Film Editing by Marion Rothman.  Academy Awards 1975.  Golden Globe Awards 1975. Is…

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Cabaret (1972)

BOB FOSSE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1972.  Allied Artists Pictures, ABC Pictures, A Feuer and Martin Production.  Screenplay by Jay Presson Allen, based the musical play by Joe Masteroff, from the play I Am A Camera by John Van Druten, adapted from the stories of Christopher Isherwood.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth.  Produced by Cy Feuer.  Music by John…

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Deathtrap

BBB.5 (out of 5) Stagebound adaptation of Ira Levin’s play fails to open the plot up for film but is still an enjoyably claustrophobic experience. Christopher Reeve plays a young playwright whose latest opus has caught the eye of his mentor (Michael Caine). Caine has invited Reeve over to talk about his play, but he’s let…

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The Celluloid Closet (1995)

JEFFREY FRIEDMAN, ROB EPSTEIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  France/United Kingdom/Germany/USA, 1995.  Arte, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, Channel Four Films, Home Box Office, Sony Pictures Classics, Telling Pictures, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Story by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Sharon Wood, narration by Armistead Maupin, based on the book by Vito Russo.  Cinematography by Nancy Schreiber.  Produced by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman,…

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Travels With My Aunt (1972)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1972.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Jay Presson Allen, Hugh Wheeler, based on the novel by Graham Greene.  Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by James Cresson, Robert Fryer.  Music by Tony Hatch.  Production Design by John Box.  Costume Design by Anthony Powell.  Film Editing by John Bloom.  Academy Awards 1972.  Golden Globe Awards 1972.   Maggie Smith is fabulous-til-it-hurts…

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Marnie (1964)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1964.  Universal Pictures, Geoffrey Stanley.  Screenplay by Jay Presson Allen, based on the novel by Winston Graham.  Cinematography by Robert Burks.  Produced by Alfred Hitchcock.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by George Tomasini.   This middling effort by Alfred Hitchcock is a psychologically sound…

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