Deathdream (1974)

BOB CLARK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Alternate Title: Dead of Night Canada/United Kingdom/USA, 1974. Impact Films, Quadrant Films. Screenplay by Alan Ormsby. Cinematography by Jack McGowan. Produced by Bob Clark, Peter James, John Trent. Music by Carl Zittrer. Production Design by Forest Carpenter. Costume Design by Dyke Davis. Film Editing by Ronald Sinclair….

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America America (1963)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1963.  Athena Enterprises, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Elia Kazan.  Cinematography by Haskell Wexler.  Produced by Elia Kazan.  Music by Manos Hatzidakis.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Dede Allen.  Actors Index:  John Marley.   After a decade of scintillating stage and literary adaptations, director Elia Kazan turns to more…

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A Child Is Waiting (1963)

JOHN CASSAVETES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1963.  Stanley Kramer Productions.  Screenplay by Abby Mann, based on his story.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Stanley Kramer.  Music by Ernest Gold.  Production Design by Rudolph Sternad.  Film Editing by Gene Fowler Jr., Robert C. Jones.   Burt Lancaster plays a psychologist who runs a school in a small American town for children with…

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Cat Ballou (1965)

ELLIOT SILVERSTEIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1965.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Harold Hecht Productions.  Screenplay by Walter Newman, Frank Pierson, based on the novel by Ray Chanslor.  Cinematography by Jack A. Marta.  Produced by Harold Hecht.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by Malcolm Brown.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Charles Nelson.   The tone is perfect in this…

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I Want To Live (1958)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1958.  Figaro.  Screenplay by Nelson Gidding, Don Mankiewicz, based on newspaper articles by Ed Montgomery and the letters of Barbara Graham.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by Walter Wanger.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by Victor A. Gangelin, Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Angela Alexander, Wesley Jeffries.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck.   Susan Hayward shines in this…

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Love Story (1970)

ARTHUR HILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1970.  Paramount Pictures, Love Story Company.  Screenplay by Erich Segal.  Cinematography by Richard C. Kratina.  Produced by Howard G. Minsky.  Music by Francis Lai.  Production Design by Robert Gundlach.  Costume Design by Alice Manougian Martin, Pearl Sommer.  Film Editing by Robert C. Jones.   Just try and resist this wonderful romance, you’ll fail completely. Working class university…

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The Godfather (1972)

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1972.  Paramount Pictures, Alfran Productions. Screenplay by Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel by Mario Puzo.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis. Produced by Albert S. Ruddy.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Dean Tavoularis.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by William Reynolds, Peter Zinner.   The masterpiece…

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Faces (1968)

JOHN CASSAVETES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1968.  Screenplay by John Cassavetes.  Cinematography by Al Ruban.  Produced by Maurice McEndree.  Music by Jack Ackerman.  Production Design by Phedon Papamichael.  Film Editing by Maurice McEndree, Al Ruban.   Once again, John Cassavetes captures drunken stupor to absolute perfection. In this exceptionally well-acted film, Gena Rowlands plays a beautiful young woman who captures the…

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