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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The African Queen (1951)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 1951.  Romulus Films, Horizon Pictures.  Screenplay by James Agee, John Huston, based on the novel by C.S. Forester.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Allan Gray.  Production Design by Wilfred Shingleton.  Costume Design by Connie De Pinna, Doris Langley Moore.  Film Editing by Ralph Kemplen.  Academy Awards 1951. Exceptional World War I…

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Pat and Mike (1952)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Lawrence Weingarten.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Urie McClearly.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by George Boemler.  Academy Awards 1952.  Golden Globe Awards 1952. Katharine Hepburn plays a champion athlete (tennis, golf, you name it) who is…

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Summertime (1955)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1955.  Lopert Films.  Screenplay by H.E. Bates, David Lean, based on the play The Time Of The Cuckoo by Arthur Laurents.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Ilya Lopert.  Music by Alessandro Cicognini.  Production Design by Vincent Korda.  Film Editing by Peter Taylor.  Podcast:  My Criterions. Academy Awards 1955.   Katharine Hepburn plays an aging spinster…

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The Rainmaker (1956)

BBB.5 (out of 5) An unmarried daughter is such serious business that in this film it’s the cause of major drama. Katharine Hepburn is excellent as the vulnerable woman in question, whose spinster state has her loving father (Lloyd Bridges) worried about her future. Enter smooth con man (Burt Lancaster) who woos the lady into a…

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Desk Set

BBB (out of 5) Though it isn’t up to the standards of their earlier work like Woman Of The Year or Adam’s Rib, this Katharine Hepburn–Spencer Tracy vehicle is colourful and fun. He plays the new manager of a television station’s research department who is brought in to rework some things around the office, and he…

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Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1959.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Horizon Pictures, Academy Pictures Corporation, Camp Films.  Screenplay by Gore Vidal, Tennessee Williams, based on the play by Tennessee Williams.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Malcolm Arnold, Buxton Orr.  Production Design by Oliver Messel.  Costume Design by Oliver Messel.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck,…

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1962.  First Company.  Screenplay by Eugene O’Neill, based on his play.  Cinematography by Boris Kaufman.  Produced by Ely A. Landau.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Sophie Devine.  Film Editing by Ralph Rosenblum.  Academy Awards 1962.  Cannes Film Festival 1962.  Golden Globe Awards 1962.   This film adaptation of the Eugene O’Neill play…

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Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (1967)

STANLEY KRAMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1967.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by William Rose.  Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.  Produced by Stanley Kramer.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Robert C. Jones.  Academy Awards 1967.  Golden Globe Awards 1967.   This drama isn’t as newsworthy today as it was in 1967 (though even at…

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The Trojan Women (1971)

MICHAEL CACOYANNIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA/Greece, 1971.  Josef Shaftel Productions Inc..  Screenplay by Mihalis Kakogiannis, English translation by Edith Hamilton, based on the play by Euripides.  Cinematography by Alfio Contini.  Produced by Mihalis Kakogiannis, Anis Nohra.  Music by Mikis Theodorakis.  Production Design by Nicholas Georgiadis.  Costume Design by Nicholas Georgiadis, Annalisa Nasalli-Rocca.  Film Editing by Mihalis Kakogiannis.  National Board of…

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On Golden Pond (1981)

MARK RYDELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1981.  IPC Films, Incorporated Television Company.  Screenplay by Ernest Thompson, based on his play.  Cinematography by Billy Williams.  Produced by Bruce Gilbert.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Stephen B. Grimes.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins.  Film Editing by Robert L. Wolfe.  Academy Awards 1981.  Golden Globe Awards 1981.  National Board of Review Awards 1981….

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Love Affair (1994)

GLENN GORDON CARON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Warren Beatty co-wrote this remake of Leo McCarey’s ever-popular 1939 film of the same name, which was also filmed by McCarey in 1957 as An Affair To Remember.  Beatty plays the wandering playboy and Annette Bening is the “regular gal” with whom he happens to be sharing a plane…

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