A Raisin In The Sun (1961)

DANIEL PETRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.    USA, 1961.  Columbia Pictures.  Screenplay by Lorraine Hansberry, based on her play.  Cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr..  Produced by Ronald H. Gilbert, Philip Rose, David Susskind.  Music by Laurence Rosenthal.  Production Design by Carl Anderson.  Film Editing by William A. Lyon, Paul Weatherwax.   Lorraine Hansberry wrote…

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One, Two, Three (1961)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1961.  Bavaria Film, The Mirisch Corporation, Pyramid Productions.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on the play Egy, Ketto, Harom by Ferenc Molnar. Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Robert Stratil, Heinrich Weidemann.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.   James Cagney gives a terrific…

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The Bridge (1959)

BERNARD WICKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Die Brucke West Germany, 1959.  Fono Film.  Screenplay by Michael Mansfeld, Karl-Wilhelm Vivier, based on the novel by Manfred Gregor.  Cinematography by Gerd von Bonin.  Produced by Hermann Schwerin.  Music by Hans-Martin Majewski.  Production Design by Heinrich Graf Bruhl, Peter Scharff.  Costume Design by Josef Wanke.  Film Editing by Carl Otto Bartning.   In this powerful anti-war…

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The Hustler (1961)

ROBERT ROSSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1961.  Rossen Films, Twentieth Century Fox. Screenplay by Sidney Carroll, Robert Rossen, based on the novel by Walter Tevis.  Cinematography by Eugen Schufftan.  Produced by Robert Rossen.  Music by Kenyon Hopkins.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Ruth Morley.  Film Editing by Dede Allen.   Paul Newman solidified his already established status with this perennial…

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West Side Story (1961)

ROBERT WISE, JEROME ROBBINS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  The Mirisch Corporation, Seven Arts Productions.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, from the play conceived by Jerome Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents, adapted from the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Robert Wise.  Music by Leonard Bernstein.  Production Design by Boris Leven.  Costume Design by…

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Saturday Night And Sunday Morning (1960)

KAREL REISZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1960.  Woodfall Film Productions. Screenplay by Alan Sillitoe, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Freddie Francis.  Produced by Tony Richardson.  Music by John Dankworth.  Production Design by Edward Marshall.  Costume Design by Sophie Devine, Barbara Gillett.  Film Editing by Seth Holt. The Angry Young Man genre of British filmmaking rarely did better…

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Judgment At Nuremberg (1961)

STANLEY KRAMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1961.  Roxlom Films Inc..  Screenplay by Abby Mann, based on his original story.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Stanley Kramer.  Music by Ernest Gold.  Production Design by Rudolph Sternad.  Costume Design by Joe King.  Film Editing by Frederic Knudtson.   Abby Mann adapted his riveting teleplay for the big screen and the results are…

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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.  …

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La Dolce Vita (1960)

FEDERICO FELLINI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  Italy/France, 1960.  Riama Film, Cinecittà, Pathe Consortium Cinema.  Story by Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Screenplay by Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Brunello Rondi.  Cinematography by Otello Martelli.  Produced by Giuseppe Amato, Angelo Rizzoli.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Piero Gherardi.  Costume Design by Piero Gherardi.  Film Editing by Leo Catozzo.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   The…

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Two Women (1960)

VITTORIO DE SICA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original title:  La Ciociara Italy/France, 1960.  Compagnia Cinematografica Champion, Cocinor, Les Films Marceau, Société Générale de Cinématographie.  Adaptation and Screenplay by Cesare Zavattini, based on the novel by Alberto Moravia.  Cinematography by Gabor Pogany.  Produced by Carlo Ponti.  Music by Armando Trovajoli.  Production Design by Gastone Medin.  Costume Design by Elio Costanzi.  Film Editing by Adriana Novelli.    …

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The Innocents (1961)

JACK CLAYTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1961.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by William Archibald, Truman Capote, additional scenes & dialogue by John Mortimer, based on the novel The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James.  Cinematography by Freddie Francis.  Produced by Jack Clayton.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by Wilfred Shingleton.  Costume Design by Sophie Devine.  Film Editing by Jim…

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