The Silver Chalice

VICTOR SAVILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1954.  Victor Saville Productions. Screenplay by Lesser Samuels, based on the novel by Thomas B. Costain. Cinematography by William V. Skall. Produced by Victor Saville. Music by Franz Waxman. Production Design by Rolf Gerard. Costume Design by Marjorie Best, Rolf Gerard. Film Editing by George White. … More The Silver Chalice

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Bye Bye Braverman (1968)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1968.  Warner Brothers/Seven Arts.  Screenplay by Herbert Sargent, based on the novel To An Early Grave by Wallace Markfield.  Cinematography by Boris Kaufman.   Produced by Sidney Lumet.  Music by Peter Matz.  Production Design by Ben Kasazkow.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg.  George Segal is fighting with wife … More Bye Bye Braverman (1968)

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Homage To Chagall: The Colours of Love

BBB (out of 5) The paintings of Marc Chagall have been deservedly celebrated for the colour and passion contained within their borders, and this sweet tribute gives some background to his vast body of work.  Chagall himself appears on screen, often with his delightful wife Valentina Brodsky who translates for him on camera, as he explains his … More Homage To Chagall: The Colours of Love

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Detective Story

BBBB (out of 5) A New York police headquarters is the nexus of intense activity in this smooth adaptation of the hit Broadway play by Sidney Kingsley.  William Wyler keeps it stagebound without sacrificing cinematic style in a small world of action, at its head an incorruptible but darkly cynical cop (Kirk Douglas) who sticks … More Detective Story

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Dr. No

BBBBB (out of 5) The cinema’s longest running franchise got itself off to a fantastic start with this marvelous spy adventure.  Sean Connery made a cinematic landmark of himself as the famous James Bond, agent 007, who works for the British government in helping to stop the world from global terrorism, armed with only his wits … More Dr. No

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The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz

BBBB (out of 5) Richard Dreyfuss appears in an early starring role of this quirky film version of Mordecai Richler’s popular novel. He plays the son of working-class Jewish parents in Montreal who is absolutely determined to make something of himself in life, though he’s not entirely sure what. While working at a summer resort to … More The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz

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The Unforgiven

BBBB (out of 5) Not to be confused with Clint Eastwood’s Academy Award-winning western, this film is something of a flipside to John Ford’s classic The Searchers. A family living on the frontier of Wild West America becomes the object of derision when their fellow settlers learn that their adopted daughter (Audrey Hepburn) was a native … More The Unforgiven

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