Any Number Can Win (1963)

HENRI VERNEUIL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original Title: Mélodie en sous-sol France/Italy, 1963.  Cité Films, Compagnia Cinematografica Mondiale, Compagnie Internationale de Productions Cinématographiques.  Screenplay by Albert Simonin, dialogue by Michel Audiard, based on the novel by Zekial Marko.  Cinematography by Louis Page.  Produced by Jacques Bar, Jacques Juranville.  Music by Michel Magne.  Production…

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How The West Was Won (1962)

JOHN FORD, HENRY HATHAWAY, GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1962.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Cinerama Productions Corp..  Screenplay by James R. Webb, suggested by his Life Magazine series “How The West Was Won”.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels, Milton R. Krasner, Charles Lang, Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Bernard Smith.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by George W. Davis, William Ferrari,…

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The Great Escape (1963)

JOHN STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1963.  The Mirisch Company.  Screenplay by James Clavell, W.R. Burnett, based on the book by Paul Brickhill.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by John Sturges.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Fernando Carrere.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.   A huge cast of actors is assembled for this exciting wartime adventure. Steve McQueen heads…

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Tom Jones (1963)

TONY RICHARDSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1963.  Woodfall Film Productions. Screenplay by John Osborne, based on the novel by Henry Fielding.  Cinematography by Walter Lassally.  Produced by Tony Richardson.  Music by John Addison.  Production Design by Ralph W. Brinton.  Costume Design by John McCorry.  Film Editing by Antony Gibbs.   Deliciously bawdy adaptation of Henry Fielding’s popular 19th-century novel about…

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The Cardinal (1963)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1963.  Otto Preminger Films.  Screenplay by Robert Dozier, based on the novel by Henry Morton Robinson.   Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.   Produced by Otto Preminger.   Music by Jerome Moross.   Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Donald Brooks.    Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.   Otto Preminger exposed the complicated morality…

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The Leopard (1963)

LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Il Gattopardo Italy/France, 1963.  Titanus, Societe Nouvelle Pathe Cinema, Société Générale de Cinématographie.  Screenplay and adaptation by Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Enrico Medioli, Massimo Franciosa, Luchino Visconti, based on the novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.  Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno.  Produced by Goffredo Lombardo.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design…

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Cleopatra (1963)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom/Switzerland, 1963.  Twentieth Century Fox, MCL Films S.A., Walwa Films S.A..  Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Ranald MacDougall, Sidney Buchman, based on the histories of Plutarch, Suetonius and Appian, and the book The Life And Times of Cleopatra by Carlo Mario Franzero.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy, Jack Hildyard.  Produced by…

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Hud (1963)

MARTIN RITT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1963.  Paramount Pictures, Salem-Dover Productions. Screenplay by Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr., based on the novel by Larry McMurtry.  Cinematography by James Wong Howe.  Produced by Irving Ravetch, Martin Ritt.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Tambi Larsen, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.   Fantastic western directed by…

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8 ½ (1963)

FEDERICO FELLINI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  Original title:  Otto E Mezzo Italy/France, 1963.  Cineriz, Francinex.  Story by Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Screenplay by Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Federico Fellini, Brunello Rondi.  Cinematography by Gianni Di Venanzo.  Produced by Angelo Rizzoli.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Piero Gherardi.  Costume Design by Piero Gherardi.  Film Editing by Leo Catozzo.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   Following the…

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Winter Light (1963)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Nattvardsgasterna Sweden, 1963.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Allan Ekelund.  Music by Evald Andersson.  Production Design by P.A. Lundgren.  Costume Design by Mago.  Film Editing by Ulla Ryghe.  ‘Yes Ingmar, it’s a masterpiece,’ Bergman’s then-wife Kabi Laretei told her husband, ‘But it’s a dreary masterpiece.’ No better description could…

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Lord Of The Flies (1963)

PETER BROOK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1963.  Two Arts Ltd..  Screenplay by Peter Brook, based on the novel by William Golding.    Cinematography by Tom Hollyman.   Produced by Lewis M. Allen, Ross Milloy.  Music by Philippe Sarde.  Production Design by Jamie Leonard.  Costume Design by Doreen Watkinson.  Film Editing by Harry Hook.   Those disappointed by the more recent version…

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Lilies Of The Field (1963)

RALPH NELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1963.  Rainbow Productions.  Screenplay by James Poe, based on the novel by William E. Barrett.  Cinematography by Ernest Haller.  Produced by Ralph Nelson.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Robert Eaton.  Costume Design by Wesley Sherrard.  Film Editing by John W. McCafferty.   In this very sweet-natured drama, a construction worker (Sidney Poitier) in…

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