The Sea of Grass (1947)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 1947.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Marguerite Roberts, Vincent Lawrence, based on the novel by Conrad Richter.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..    Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett, Valles.  Film Editing by Robert Kern.   Katharine Hepburn leaves the bustling city…

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Smash His Camera (2010)

LEON GAST Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2010.  Got The Shot Productions.  Cinematography by Don Lenzer.  Produced by Linda Saffire, Adam Schlesinger.  Music by Craig Hazen, David Wolfert.  Film Editing by Doug Abel.   The current era of tabloid photography owes a lot to the career of Ron Galella, a photog for whom no potted plant was too…

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That’s Entertainment Part II

BBB.5 (out of 5) More greatest-hit clips from MGM’s vault, with the novelty wearing slightly thin but the material still entertaining. Hollywood veterans Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire take you on a continuing tour of the golden age of MGM movies, with song and dance numbers from films starring Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Bing Crosby, etc. In…

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The Lion In Winter

ANTHONY HARVEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1968.  Haworth Productions.  Screenplay by James Goldman, based on his play.  Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by Martin Poll.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Peter Murton.  Costume Design by Margaret Furse.  Film Editing by John Bloom.  Academy Awards 1968.  Golden Globe Awards 1968.   In 12th century England, King Henry II (Peter O’Toole) sits atop…

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The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story

BBBB (out of 5) One of the most impressive artists of the twentieth century is neither a filmmaker, writer nor avant-garde painter: it’s Al Hirschfeld, the cartoonist whose drawings brought Broadway shows to life for decades.  This delightful documentary takes a look at Hirschfeld’s life from the beginning in 1903 St. Louis through to his…

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Little Women (1933)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1933.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Sarah Y. Mason, Victor Heerman, based on the book by Louisa May Alcott.  Cinematography by Henry W. Gerrard.  Produced by Merian C. Cooper.  Music by Max Steiner.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Jack Kitchin.  Academy Awards 1932/1933. Considered by some…

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Alice Adams (1935)

GEORGE STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1935.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Dorothy Yost, Mortimer Offner, Jane Murfin, based on the novel by Booth Tarkington.  Cinematography by Robert De Grasse.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Jane Loring.  Academy Awards 1935. Katharine Hepburn plays a working-class girl in…

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Stage Door

GREGORY LA CAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB (out of 5) Those who enjoy a good backstage musical like 42nd Street will want to take in this melodramatic, non-singing look at the lives of women trying to make it on the Big White Way.  Katharine Hepburn, Lucille Ball and Ginger Rogers are among the young…

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Bringing Up Baby (1938)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1938.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols, Hagar Wilde, based on the story by Hagar Wilde.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Howard Greer.  Film Editing by George Hively.   Prototypical screwball comedy has been attempted many times…

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The Philadelphia Story (1940)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart, based on the play by Philip Barry.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Frank Sullivan.  Academy Awards 1940. The ultimate romantic comedy has to be this high-society love…

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Woman Of The Year (1942)

GEORGE STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   USA, 1942.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ring Lardner Jr., Michael Kanin.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian.  Film Editing by Frank Sullivan.  Academy Awards 1942.   Katharine Hepburn shines in this tale of a career woman who just can’t take so easily to marriage.  Meeting…

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Adam’s Rib (1949)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1949.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by Lawrence Weingarten.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by William Ferrari, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by George Boemler.  Academy Awards 1950.  Golden Globe Awards 1950. Terrific battle of the sexes film written by the team of Ruth…

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