The Shop Around The Corner (1940)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Samson Raphaelson, based on the play Parfumerie (Illatszertár) by Miklos Laszlo.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by Werner R. Heymann.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.   A clothing store in Budapest is the centre of plenty of drama in this cynical … More The Shop Around The Corner (1940)

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The Man In The Iron Mask (1939)

JAMES WHALE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1939.  Edward Small Productions.  Screenplay by George Bruce, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas pere.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Edward Small.  Music by Lucien Moraweck.  Production Design by John DuCasse Schulze.  Costume Design by William Bridgehouse.  Film Editing by Grant Whytock.  Academy Awards 1939. Loose adaptation of the third volume of Three Musketeers stories … More The Man In The Iron Mask (1939)

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The Diary Of Anne Frank

BBBB (out of 5) Countless versions of this story, including Broadway revivals, television movies and even an Oscar-winning documentary have been made since this was filmed in 1959. Based on the titular character’s true-life diaries (adapted to the stage before being brought to the screen), it tells of two Jewish families living in Amsterdam, hidden … More The Diary Of Anne Frank

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The King Of Kings

BBB.5 (out of 5) Films about the life of Christ were already a frequent focus of the medium when Cecil B. DeMille made this impressive blockbuster, but it would be safe to say that this is the first grand project on the subject.  H.B. Warner is appropriately blond and lightning-eyed for the white Protestant crowd, … More The King Of Kings

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Cleopatra (1934)

BBBB (out of 5) Not nearly as grand as the Elizabeth Taylor version, its more modest length and sharper plotline make this version of the Queen of the Nile’s story more entertaining (though Liz was, by comparison, more historically accurate). Claudette Colbert ably plays the most famous seductress in history after Eve, swishing around in … More Cleopatra (1934)

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The Rains Came (1939)

CLARENCE BROWN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1939.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Philip Dunne, Julien Josephson, based on the novel by Louis Bromfield.  Cinematography by Arthur C. Miller, Bert Glennon.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by William S. Darling, George Dudley.  Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.  Academy Awards 1939.   Myrna Loy‘s glamour and … More The Rains Came (1939)

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