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…

Rate this:

This Happy Breed (1944)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1944.  Two Cities Films, Noel Coward-Cineguild.   Screenplay by David Lean, Ronald Neame, Anthony Havelock-Allan, based on the play by Noel Coward.   Cinematography by Ronald Neame.  Produced by Noël Coward.  Music by Muir Mathieson, Clifton Parker.  Production Design by C.P. Norman.  Costume Design by Hilda Collins. …

Rate this:

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…

Rate this:

War And Peace (1956)

KING VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA/Italy, 1956.  Ponti-De Laurentiis Cinematografica.  Screenplay by Bridget Boland, Robert Westerby, King Vidor, Mario Camerini, Ennio De Concini, Ivo Perilli, based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Mario Chiari.  Costume Design…

Rate this:

Operation Crossbow (1965)

MICHAEL ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1965.  Baroda, Bentley Productions, Jason Films, Monica Corp., Monmouth, Pennebaker-Baroda Productions.  Story by Duilio Coletti, Vittoriano Petrilli, Screenplay by Emeric Pressburger, Derry Quinn, Ray Rigby.  Cinematography by Erwin Hillier.  Produced by Carlo Ponti.  Music by Ron Goodwin.  Production Design by Elliot Scott.  Film Editing by Ernest Walter. British intelligence sends three men…

Rate this:

Rhythm Parade (1942)

HOWARD BRETHERTON, DAVE GOULD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1942.  Monogram Pictures.  Story and Screenplay by Carl Foreman, Charles R. Marion.  Cinematography by Mack Stengler.  Produced by Sydney M. Williams.  Music by Edward J. Kay.  Film Editing by Carl Pierson. One of many hit-parade films made to showcase popular songs and performers of the time before music videos were invented,…

Rate this:

Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

SAM WOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1939.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer British Studios.  Screenplay by R.C. Sherriff, Claudine West, Eric Maschwitz, based on the novel by James Hilton.  Cinematography by Freddie Young.  Produced by Victor Saville.  Production Design by Alfred Junge.  Film Editing by Charles Frend.   Robert Donat is fantastic in this superior adaptation of James Hilton’s novel about a shy boys’ school…

Rate this:

The Parent Trap (1961)

DAVID SWIFT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1961.  Walt Disney Productions.  Screenplay by David Swift, based on the book Das Doppelte Lottchen by Erich Kastner.  Cinematography by Lucien Ballard.  Produced by Walt Disney.  Music by Paul J. Smith.  Production Design by Carroll Clark, Robert Clatworthy.  Costume Design by Bill Thomas.  Film Editing by Philip W. Anderson.   Disney could have found no better use for…

Rate this:

The Chalk Garden (1964)

RONALD NEAME Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1964.  Quota Rentals Limited, Ross Hunter Productions, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by John Michael Hayes, based on the play by Enid Bagnold.  Cinematography by Arthur Ibbetson.  Produced by Ross Hunter.  Music by Malcolm Arnold.  Production Design by Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by Julie Harris.  Film Editing by Jack Harris.   Hayley Mills plays a precocious teenager…

Rate this:

Tunes Of Glory (1960)

RONALD NEAME Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1960.  Knightsbridge Films.  Screenplay by James Kennaway, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Arthur Ibbetson.  Produced by Colin Lesslie.  Music by Malcolm Arnold.  Production Design by Wilfred Shingleton. Costume Design by Charles Guerin.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.   Fantastic British film featuring a squaring off between two pristine actors, in this case…

Rate this:

Great Expectations (1946)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1946.  Cineguild.  Screenplay by David Lean, Ronald Neame, Anthony Havelock-Allan, Kay Walsh, Cecil McGivern,based on the novel by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Guy Green.  Produced by Ronald Neame.  Music by Walter Goehr.  Production Design by John Bryan.  Costume Design by Sophie Devine.  Film Editing by Jack Harris.  Podcast:  My Criterions.  The best adaptation of a Dickens novel…

Rate this:

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…

Rate this: