Birdman Of Alcatraz (1962)

JOHN FRANKENHEIMER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.    USA, 1962.  Norma Productions.  Screenplay by Guy Trosper, based on the book by Thomas E. Gaddis.  Cinematography by Burnett Guffey.  Produced by Stuart Millar, Guy Trosper.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Fernando Carrere.  Film Editing by Edward Mann.   The true story of Robert Stroud,…

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Sundays and Cybele (1962)

SERGE BOURGUIGNON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Les dimanches de Ville d’Avray France/Austria, 1962.  Fidès, Les Films Trocadero, Orsay Films, Terra Film Produktion.  Screenplay by Serge Bourguignon, Antoine Tudal, dialogue by Serge Bourguignon, Bernard Eschasseriaux, based on the novel by Bernard Eschasseriaux.  Cinematography by Henri Decae.  Produced by Romain Pines.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Bernard Evein.  Costume Design by…

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Billy Budd (1962)

PETER USTINOV Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1962.  Allied Artists Pictures, Anglo Allied.  Screenplay by Peter Ustinov, DeWitt Bodeen, based on the play by Louis O. Coxe and Robert H. Chapman and the novel Billy Budd, Foretopman by Herman Melville.  Cinematography by Robert Krasker.  Produced by Peter Ustinov.  Music by Antony Hopkins.  Production Design by Donald M. Ashton.  Costume…

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Advise & Consent (1962)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1962.  Otto Preminger Films, Alpha Alpina.  Screenplay by Wendell Mayes, based on the novel by Allen Drury.  Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.  Produced by Otto Preminger. Music by Jerry Fielding.  Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Bill Blass.  Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.   Otto Preminger made waves when he originally…

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Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1962.  Horizon Pictures.  Screenplay by Robert Bolt, Michael Wilson, based on the writings of T.E. Lawrence.  Cinematography by Freddie Young.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by John Box.  Costume Design by Phyllis Dalton.  Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.   This is not just a movie, it’s THE movie:  David Lean’s…

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The Miracle Worker (1962)

ARTHUR PENN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1962.  Playfilm Productions.  Screenplay by William Gibson, based on his play, adapted from the book The Story of My Life by Helen Keller.  Cinematography by Ernesto Caparros.  Produced by Fred Coe.  Music by Laurence Rosenthal.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by Ruth Morley.  Film Editing by Aram Avakian.    A bit melodramatic at…

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Divorce–Italian Style (1961)

PIETRO GERMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Divorzio All’Italiana Italy, 1961.  Lux Film, Vides Cinematografica, Galatea Film.  Story and Screenplay by Ennio De Concini, Pietro Germi, Alfredo Giannetti.  Cinematography by Leonida Barboni, Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Franco Cristaldi.  Music by Carlo Rustichelli.  Production Design by Carlo Egidi.  Costume Design by Dina Di Bari.  Film Editing by Roberto Cinquini.   Wry comedy…

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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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Barabbas (1961)

RICHARD FLEISCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Italy, 1961.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Dino De Laurentiis Company.  Screenplay by Christopher Fry, based on the novel by Par Lagerkvist.  Cinematography by Aldo Tonti. Produced by Dino De Laurentiis.  Music by Mario Nascimbene.  Production Design by Mario Chiari. Costume Design by Maria De Matteis.  Film Editing by Raymond Poulton.  Those who enjoyed the gladiatorial…

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Through A Glass Darkly (1961)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Sasom I En Spegel Sweden, 1961.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Allan Ekelund.  Music by Erik Nordgren.  Production Design by P.A. Lundgren.  Costume Design by Mago.  Film Editing by Ulla Ryghe.   Four characters deal with God, love and insanity on a remote Swedish island in this pristinely…

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1962.  First Company.  Screenplay by Eugene O’Neill, based on his play.  Cinematography by Boris Kaufman.  Produced by Ely A. Landau.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Sophie Devine.  Film Editing by Ralph Rosenblum.   This film adaptation of the Eugene O’Neill play is a sobering look into a dysfunctional family….

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The Longest Day (1962)

KEN ANNAKIN, ANDREW MARTON, BERNHARD WICKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1962.  Darryl F. Zanuck Productions, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Cornelius Ryan, additional episodes by Romain Gary, James Jones, David Pursall, Jack Seddon, based on the book by Cornelius Ryan.  Cinematography by Jean Bourgoin, Walter Wottitz.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Leon…

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