Father Goose (1964)

RALPH NELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1964. Granox Company. Story by S.H. Barnett, Screenplay by Peter Stone, Frank Tarloff. Cinematography by Charles Lang. Produced by Robert Arthur. Music by Cy Coleman. Production Design by Henry Bumstead, Alexander Golitzen. Costume Design by Ray Aghayan. Film Editing by Ted J. Kent. Academy Awards 1964….

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A Very Special Favor (1965)

MICHAEL GORDON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1965.  The Lankershim Company, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Stanley Shapiro, Nate Monaster.  Cinematography by Leo Tover.  Produced by Stanley Shapiro.  Music by Vic Mizzy.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Walter M. Simonds.  Costume Design by Yves Saint-Laurent.  Film Editing by Russell F. Schoengarth.   Lawyer Charles Boyer, is appalled to learn that the reason he lost…

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Lili (1953)

CHARLES WALTERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1953.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Helen Deutsch, based on a story by Paul Gallico.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Edwin H. Knopf.  Music by Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Mary Ann Nyberg.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.  Academy Awards 1953.  Cannes Film Festival 1953.  Golden Globe Awards 1953.   Leslie Caron is a…

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Chris & Don: A Love Story

GUIDO SANTI, TINA MASCARA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2007.  Asphalt Stars Productions.  Cinematography by Ralph Q. Smith.  Produced by Julia Alexander, Tina Mascara, Guido Santi.  Music by Miriam Cutler.  Production Design by Francisco Stohr.  Costume Design by Signe Johnson.  Film Editing by Tina Mascara, Guido Santi.  Gotham Awards 2008.   In 1960, 46 year-old celebrated author and British ex-patriate Christopher Isherwood met 16…

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Courage Mountain

CHRISTOPHER LEITCH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA/France, 1990.  Epic Productions, Stone Group Pictures.  Story by Fred Brogger, Mark Brogger, Screenplay by Weaver Webb.  Cinematography by Jacques Steyn.  Produced by Stephen Ujlaki.  Music by Sylvester Levay.  Production Design by Robb Wilson King.  Costume Design by Edith Poussou.  Film Editing by Martin Walsh.   The adventures of Heidi continue in this enjoyable family film. Heidi…

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Chocolat (2000)

LASSE HALLSTROM Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 2000.  Miramax, David Brown Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Nelson Jacobs, based on the novel by Joanne Harris.  Cinematography by Roger Pratt.  Produced by David Brown, Kit Golden, Leslie Holleran.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by David Gropman.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein.  Academy Awards 2000.  Golden Globe Awards 2000.  …

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The Man Who Loved Women (1977)

FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Original title:  L’homme qui aimait les femmes France, 1977.  Les Films du Carrosse.  Screenplay by Francois Truffaut, Michel Fermaud, Suzanne Schiffman.  Cinematography by Nestor Almendros.  Produced by Marcel Berbert, Francois Truffaut.  Music by Patrice Mestral.  Production Design by Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko.  Costume Design by Monique Dury.  Film Editing by Martine Barraqué.  National Board of Review Awards 1977. …

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Fanny (1961)

JOSHUA LOGAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1961.  Warner Bros., Mansfield Productions. Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, based on the play by S.N. Behrman, Joshua Logan, from the Marseilles trilogy by Marcel Pagnol.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Joshua Logan.  Music by Harold Rome.  Production Design by Rino Mondellini.  Costume Design by Anne-Marie Marchand.  Film Editing by William Reynolds.  Academy…

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An American In Paris (1951)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story and Screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner.  Cinematography by Alfred Gilks.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by E. Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan.  Academy Awards 1951.  Cannes Film Festival 1952.  Golden Globe Awards 1951. The visual splendor of this Vincente…

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Gigi (1958)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1958.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner, based on the novel by Colette.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Andre Previn, Conrad Salinger.  Production Design by Cecil Beaton.  Costume Design by Cecil Beaton.  Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan.  Academy Awards 1958.  Golden Globe Awards 1958.   Vincente Minnelli’s beautifully shot musical comedy…

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Damage (1992)

LOUIS MALLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Fatale United Kingdom/France, 1992.  Nouvelles Editions de Films, Skreba Films, StudioCanal, European Co-production Fund, Channel Four Films, Canal+.  Screenplay by David Hare, based on the novel by Josephine Hart.  Cinematography by Peter Biziou.  Produced by Louis Malle.  Music by Zbigniew Preisner.  Production Design by Brian Morris.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by John…

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Dangerous Moves

BBB (out of 5) Original title:  La Diagonale Du Fou Dry but intelligent drama about the clash of political ideologies over a game of chess. Model Soviet citizen Michel Piccoli arrives in Geneva for a world chess championship against Alexandre Arbatt, a Russian who defected from his home country long ago. Wits are matched and the classic game…

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