Summer And Smoke (1961)

PETER GLENVILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1961. Hal Wallis Productions. Screenplay by James Poe, Meade Roberts, based on the play by Tennessee Williams. Cinematography by Charles Lang. Produced by Hal B. Wallis. Music by Elmer Bernstein. Production Design by Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler. Costume Design by Edith Head. Film Editing by…

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Walk On The Wild Side (1962)

EDWARD DMYTRYK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1962.  Famous Artists Productions.  Screenplay by John Fante, Edmund Morris, based on the novel by Nelson Algren.  Cinematography by Joseph MacDonald.   Produced by Charles K. Feldman.   Music by Elmer Bernstein.   Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Charles Le Maire.   Film Editing by Harry Gerstad. …

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Night Watch (1973)

BRIAN G. HUTTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   United Kingdom/USA, 1973.  Brut Productions, Nightwatch Films.  Screenplay by Tony Williamson, additional dialogue by Evan Jones, based on the play by Lucille Fletcher.  Cinematography by Billy Williams.  Produced by George W. George, Martin Poll, Barnard Straus.  Music by John Cameron.  Production Design by Peter Murton.  Costume Design by Yvonne Blake.  Film Editing by John Jympson. The…

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The Alamo (1960)

JOHN WAYNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1960.  Batjac Productions, The Alamo Company.  Screenplay by James Edward Grant.  Cinematography by William H. Clothier.  Produced by John Wayne.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Alfred Ybarra.  Costume Design by Ron Talsky.  Film Editing by Stuart Gilmore.   Three hours of wet matches is what you will get from this bland disaster, starring and…

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F For Fake (1973)

ORSON WELLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Verites Et Mensonges France/Iran/West Germany, 1973.  Janus Film, SACI.  Screenplay by Orson Welles.  Cinematography by Francois Reichenbach.  Produced by Dominique Antoine.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Film Editing by Marie-Sophie Dubus, Dominique Engerer.   Orson Welles concludes his rich and varied career with a meditation on fakery, which to him is an essential part of…

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Darling (1965)

JOHN SCHLESINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1965.  Joseph Janni Production, Vic Films Productions.  Screenplay by Frederic Raphael, based on an idea by Frederic Raphael, John Schlesinger, Joseph Janni.  Cinematography by Kenneth Higgins.  Produced by Joseph Janni.  Music by John Dankworth.  Production Design by Ray Simm.  Costume Design by Julie Harris.  Film Editing by Jim Clark.   A fashion model and actress…

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Butterfield 8 (1960)

DANIEL MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1960.  Afton-Linebrook.  Screenplay by Charles Schnee, John Michael Hayes, based on the novel by John O’Hara.  Cinematography by Charles Harten, Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.   Even Elizabeth Taylor insisted that it…

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The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

JOHN FRANKENHEIMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1962.  M.C. Productions.  Screenplay by George Axelrod, based on the novel by Richard Condon.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by George Axelrod, John Frankenheimer.  Music by David Amram.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Moss Mabry.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.   Having returned from service in the Korean War, Frank Sinatra is…

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Room At The Top (1959)

JACK CLAYTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1959.  Romulus Films, Remus.  Screenplay by Neil Paterson, based on the novel by John Braine.  Cinematography by Freddie Francis.  Produced by James Woolf, John Woolf.  Music by Mario Nascimbene.  Production Design by Ralph W. Brinton.  Costume Design by Rahvis.  Film Editing by Ralph Kemplen.   Mix glossy soap opera with gritty kitchen-sink drama and you have…

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