Mr. Topaze (1961)

PETER SELLERS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 Alternate Title: I Like Money United Kingdom, 1961. Dimitri De Grunwald Production. Screenplay by Pierre Rouve, based on the play by Marcel Pagnol. Cinematography by John Wilcox. Produced by Pierre Rouve. Music by Georges Van Parys. Production Design by Donald M. Ashton. Costume Design by Pierre Balmain,…

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Trog (1970)

FREDDIE FRANCIS Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  United Kingdom, 1970.  Herman Cohen Productions.  Original story by Peter Bryan, John Gilling, Screenplay by Aben Kandel.  Cinematography by Desmond Dickinson.  Produced by Herman Cohen.   Music by John Scott.   Production Design by Geoffrey Tozer.   Costume Design by Ron Beck.  Film Editing by Oswald Hafenrichter. Geologists exploring a…

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Ill Met By Moonlight (1957)

MICHAEL POWELL, EMERIC PRESSBURGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   United Kingdom, 1957.  The Rank Organisation, Vega Film Productions.  Screenplay by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, based on the book by W. Stanley Moss.  Cinematography by Christopher Challis.  Produced by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.  Music by Mikis Theodorakis.  Production Design by Alex Vetchinsky.  Costume Design by Nandi Routh.  Film Editing by Arthur Stevens.  True story…

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The Go-Between (1971)

JOSEPH LOSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1971.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer British Studios, EMI Films, World Film Services.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by L.P. Hartley.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by John Heyman, Norman Priggen.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Production Design by Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by John Furniss.  Film Editing by Reginald Beck.   The aristocratic gentry play host…

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A Walk With Love And Death (1969)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1969.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Dale Wasserman, based on the novel by Hans Koningsberger.  Cinematography by Edward Scaife.  Produced by Carter DeHaven, John Huston.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Stephen B. Grimes.  Costume Design by Leonor Fini.  Film Editing by Russell Lloyd. John Huston casts his daughter Anjelica in her movie…

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Batman Forever (1995)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1995.  Warner Bros., PolyGram Filmed Entertainment.  Story by Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler, Screenplay by Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler, Akiva Goldsman, based on characters created by Bob Kane.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Tim Burton, Peter Macgregor-Scott.  Music by Elliot Goldenthal.  Production Design by Barbara Ling.  Costume Design by Ingrid Ferrin,…

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The Client (1994)

JOEL SCHUMACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Warner Bros., Regency Enterprises, Alcor Films.  Screenplay by Akiva Goldsman, Robert Getchell, based on the novel by John Grisham.  Cinematography by Tony Pierce-Roberts.  Produced by Arnon Milchan, Steven Reuther.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Bruno Rubeo.  Costume Design by Ingrid Ferrin.  Film Editing by Robert Brown.   The best John Grisham novel adaptation made…

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The Small Back Room (1949)

MICHAEL POWELL, EMERIC PRESSBURGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   Alternate title:  Hour Of Glory United Kingdom, 1949.  The Archers, London Film Productions.  Directed by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.  Screenplay by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, based on the novel by Nigel Balchin.  Cinematography by Christopher Challis.  Produced by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.  Music by Brian Easdale.  Production Design by Hein Heckroth.  Costume Design by Josephine…

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Berserk (1967)

JIM O’CONNOLLY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom, 1967.  Herman Cohen Productions.  Story and Screenplay by Aben Kandel, Herman Cohen.  Cinematography by Desmond Dickinson. Produced by Herman Cohen.  Music by John Scott.  Production Design by Maurice Pelling.  Costume Design by Jay Hutchinson Scott.  Film Editing by Raymond Poulton.   This hilariously goofy thriller’s kitschy qualities are what make it so entertaining….

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Richard III (1955)

LAURENCE OLIVIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1955.  London Film Productions.  Textual alterations by David Garrick, Colley Cibber, based on the plays Richard III and Henry VI: Part III by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Otto Heller.  Produced by Laurence Olivier.  Music by William Walton.  Production Design by Roger K. Furse.  Costume Design by John McCorry.  Film Editing by Helga Cranston.   Once…

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The Horse’s Mouth (1958)

RONALD NEAME Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1958.  Knightsbridge Films.  Screenplay by Alec Guinness, based on the novel by Joyce Carey.  Cinematography by Arthur Ibbetson.  Produced by John Bryan, Ronald Neame.  Music by Kenneth V. Jones.  Production Design by William C. Andrews.  Costume Design by Julia Squire.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.   Alec Guinness is a riot as an independently-spirited painter whose…

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The Advocate (1993)

LESLIE MEGAHEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  Alternate title:  The Hour Of The Pig France/United Kingdom, 1993.  BBC Films, CiBy 2000, British Screen Finance Ltd., European Co-production Fund.  Screenplay by Leslie Megahey.  Cinematography by John Hooper.  Produced by David M. Thompson.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Bruce Macadie.  Costume Design by Anne Buruma.  Film Editing by Isabelle Dedieu.   In the Middle…

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