The Big Knife (1955)

ROBERT ALDRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.    USA, 1955.  The Associates & Aldrich Company.   Screenplay by James Poe, based on the play by Clifford Odets.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Robert Aldrich.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by William Glasgow.  Film Editing by Michael Luciano. Clifford Odets’s vicious play about…

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A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1951.  Charles K. Feldman Group, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Tennessee Williams, adaptation by Oscar Saul, based on the play by Tennessee Williams.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Charles K. Feldman.  Music by Alex North.  Production Design by Richard Day, Bertram Tuttle.  Costume Design by Lucinda Ballard.  Film Editing by David Weisbart.  The most…

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East Of Eden (1955)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1955.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Paul Osborn, based on the novel by John Steinbeck.  Cinematography by Ted D. McCord.  Produced by Elia Kazan.  Music by Leonard Rosenman.  Production Design by James Basevi, Malcolm C. Bert.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Owen Marks.   My favourite James Dean performance (of the mere…

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Spartacus (1960)

STANLEY KUBRICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1960.  Bryna Productions.  Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo, based on the novel by Howard Fast.  Cinematography by Russell Metty.  Produced by Edward Lewis.  Music by Alex North.  Production Design by Alexander Golitzen.  Costume Design by Valles.  Film Editing by Robert Lawrence.  Academy Awards 1960.  Golden Globe Awards 1960.   Who would have thought that among the years of…

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Too Late Blues (1961)

JOHN CASSAVETES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1961.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Richard Carr, John Cassavetes.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by John Cassavetes.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by Tambi Larsen, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.   Early feature directed by John Cassavetes that shows his penchant for atmosphere and mood, even though the narrative…

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