Kings Row (1942)

SAM WOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1942.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Casey Robinson, based on the novel by Henry Bellamann.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Ralph Dawson.  Academy Awards 1942.   This is the most curious masterpiece: a perfect blend of film…

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Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984)

LEONARD NIMOY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1984.  Paramount Pictures, Cinema Group Ventures.  Screenplay by Harve Bennett, based on the television series Star Trek by Gene Roddenberry.  Cinematography by Charles Correll.  Produced by Harve Bennett.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by John E. Chiberg II.  Costume Design by Robert Fletcher.  Film Editing by Robert F. Shugrue.   Explaining this film’s…

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The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers (1946)

LEWIS MILESTONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1946.  Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Rossen, based on the story Love Lies Bleeding by John Patrick.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, John Meehan.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Archie Marshek.  Academy Awards 1946.  Cannes Film Festival 1947. This terrific film…

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The Furies (1950)

ANTHONY MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1950.  Wallis-Hazen.  Screenplay by Charles Schnee, based on the novel by Niven Busch.  Cinematography by Victor Milner.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Henry Bumstead, Hans Dreier.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Archie Marshek.  Academy Awards 1950.  The title refers as much to the temperaments of its main…

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Laura (1944)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1944.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein, Elizabeth Reinhardt, based on the novel by Vera Caspary.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle. Produced by Otto Preminger.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by Leland Fuller, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Bonnie Cashin.  Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.  Academy Awards 1944. Great murder mystery…

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The Ten Commandments (1956)

CECIL B. DeMILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1956.  Motion Picture Associates.  Screenplay by Aeneas MacKenzie, Jesse Lasky Jr., Jack Gariss, Fredric M. Frank, based on the books Prince of Egypt by Dorothy Clarke Wilson, Pillar of Fire by J.H. Ingraham, On Eagle’s Wing by A.E. Southon.  Cinematography by Loyal Griggs.  Produced by Cecil B. DeMille.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production…

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Rebecca (1940)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1940.  Selznick International Pictures.  Screenplay by Robert E. Sherwood, Joan Harrison, adaptation by Philip MacDonald, Michael Hogan, based on the novel by Daphne Du Maurier.  Cinematography by George Barnes.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Eugene Joseff.  Film Editing by W. Donn…

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And Then There Were None (1945)

RENE CLAIR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5 USA, 1945.  Rene Clair Productions.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, based on the novel Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie.  Cinematography by Lucien N. Andriot.  Produced by Rene Clair.  Music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.  Production Design by Ernst Fegte.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Harvey Manger.   Ten individuals are invited by a mysterious guest to a remote, island…

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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958)

RICHARD BROOKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1958.  Avon Productions.  Screenplay by Richard Brooks, James Poe, based on the play by Tennessee Williams.   Cinematography by William H. Daniels.    Produced by Lawrence Weingarten.    Music by Charles Wolcott.    Production Design by William A. Horning, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.  Academy Awards 1958.  Golden Globe Awards…

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