The Search (1948)

FRED ZINNEMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Switzerland/USA, 1948.  Praesens-Film.  Screenplay by Richard Schweizer, additional dialogue by Paul Jarrico, with collaboration by David Wechsler.  Cinematography by Emil Berna.  Produced by Lazar Wechsler.  Music by Robert Blum.  Film Editing by Hermann Haller.  Academy Awards 1948.  Golden Globe Awards 1948. Montgomery Clift deservedly became a star and former documentary filmmaker Fred Zinnemann a director to…

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Indiscretion of an American Wife 1953)

VITTORIO DE SICA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Original title:  Stazione Termini Alternate title:  Station Terminus Italy/USA, 1953.  Produzione Films Vittorio De Sica, Produzioni De Sica, Selznick Releasing Organization.  Scenario by Cesare Zavattini, Screenplay by Cesare Zavattini, Luigi Chiarini, Giorgio Prosperi, Dialogue by Truman Capote, based on the story Terminal Station by Cesare Zavattini.  Cinematography by G.R. Aldo.  Produced…

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Terminal Station (1953)

VITTORIO DE SICA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  Original title:  Stazione Termini Alternate title:  Station Terminus Italy/USA, 1953.  Produzione Films Vittorio De Sica, Produzioni De Sica, Selznick Releasing Organization.  Screenplay by Cesare Zavattini, Giorgio Prosperi, Luigi Chiarini, dialogue by Truman Capote, based on a story by Cesare Zavattini.  Cinematography by G.R. Aldo.  Produced by Vittorio De Sica.  Music by Alessandro…

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The Big Lift (1950)

GEORGE SEATON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1950.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by George Seaton.  Cinematography by Charles G. Clarke.  Produced by William Perlberg.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by J. Russell Spencer, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Bobbie Brox.  Film Editing by William Reynolds, Robert L. Sampson.  Golden Globe Awards 1950.   Following the second World War, Russia’s blockade of Berlin…

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Judgment At Nuremberg

BBBB (out of 5) Abby Mann adapted his riveting teleplay for the big screen and the results are mostly impressive.  Spencer Tracy is excellent as an American judge brought to Nuremberg, Germany after World War II to sit on the international panel of judges who are trying Nazi officers for war crimes. An incredible array of…

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Red River (1948)

HOWARD HAWKS, ARTHUR ROSSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1948.  Monterey Productions.  Story by Borden Chase, Screenplay by Borden Chase, Charles Schnee.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan. Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by John Datu.  Costume Design by Jack E. Miller.  Film Editing by Christian Nyby.  Academy Awards 1948.   Up there with The Searchers and Rio Bravo as the…

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From Here To Eternity (1953)

FRED ZINNEMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1953.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Directed by Fred Zinnemann.  Screenplay by Daniel Taradash, based on the novel by James Jones.  Cinematography by Burnett Guffey.  Produced by Buddy Adler.  Music by George Duning.  Production Design by Cary Odell.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by William A. Lyon.  Academy Awards 1953.  Cannes Film Festival 1953.  Golden Globe Awards 1953. Romance…

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The Heiress

BBBBB (out of 5) Much of the narrative and dialogue from Henry James’ novel Washington Square, upon which the play by Augustus and Ruth Goetz and this film were based, have been changed to allow for more outwardly-directed drama as opposed to the novel’s inner subtlety and perception. Olivia de Havilland gives the performance of…

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A Place In The Sun (1951)

GEORGE STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1951.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Michael Wilson, Harry Brown, based on the play by Patrick Kearney, adapted from the novel An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor.  Produced by George Stevens.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Walter H. Tyler.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by…

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Wild River (1960)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1960.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Paul Osborn, based on novels by William Bradford Huie, Borden Deal.  Cinematography by Ellsworth Fredericks.  Produced by Elia Kazan.  Music by Kenyon Hopkins.  Production Design by Herman A. Blumenthal, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by William Reynolds. Montgomery Clift…

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The Misfits (1961)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1961.  Seven Arts Productions.  Screenplay by Arthur Miller.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Frank E. Taylor.  Music by Alex North.  Production Design by Stephen B. Grimes, Bill Newberry.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by George Tomasini. Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable both make their last screen appearances, with Montgomery Clift giving one of…

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Raintree County (1957)

EDWARD DMYTRYK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1957.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Millard Kaufman, based on the novel by Ross Lockridge Jr..  Cinematography by Robert Surtees. Produced by David Lewis.  Music by Johnny Green.  Production Design by William A. Horning, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by John D. Dunning.  Academy Awards 1957.  Golden Globe Awards 1957. Almost twenty years after…

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