Blithe Spirit (2020)

EDWARD HALL Bil’s rating (out of 5): B United Kingdom, 2020. Fred Films, Powderkeg Pictures, Align, British Lion Films, IPG Media Pty, StudioCanal UK. Screenplay by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard, Piers Ashworth, based on the play by Noel Coward. Cinematography by Ed Wild. Produced by Hilary Bevan Jones, Meg Leonard, Martin Metz, Nick Moorcroft, Toni…

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This Happy Breed (1944)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1944.  Two Cities Films, Noel Coward-Cineguild.   Screenplay by David Lean, Ronald Neame, Anthony Havelock-Allan, based on the play by Noel Coward.   Cinematography by Ronald Neame.  Produced by Noël Coward.  Music by Muir Mathieson, Clifton Parker.  Production Design by C.P. Norman.  Costume Design by Hilda Collins. …

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In Which We Serve (1942)

NOEL COWARD, DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1942.  Two Cities Films, The London Symphony Orchestra.  Screenplay by Noel Coward.  Cinematography by Ronald Neame.  Produced by Noël Coward.  Music by Noël Coward.  Production Design by David Rawnsley.  Film Editing by Thelma Connell.  Academy Awards 1942.  Academy Awards 1943. David Lean was…

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Blithe Spirit (1945)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1945.  Two Cities Films, Noel Coward-Cineguild.  Screenplay by David Lean, Ronald Neame, Anthony Havelock-Allan, based on the play by Noel Coward.  Cinematography by Ronald Neame.  Produced by Noel Coward.  Music by Richard Addinsell.  Production Design by C.P. Norman.  Costume Design by Raemonde Rahvis.  Film Editing…

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Boom (1968)

JOSEPH LOSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom, 1968.  World Film Services, Moo.  n Lake, Universal Pictures, John Heyman Productions.  Screenplay by Tennessee Williams, based on his play The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore.  Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by John Heyman, Norman Priggen.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald.  Costume Design by Annalisa Nasalli-Rocca.  Film Editing by…

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Our Man In Havana (1959)

CAROL REED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1959.  Kingsmead Productions, Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Graham Greene.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by Carol Reed.  Music by Frank Deniz, Laurence Deniz.  Production Design by John Box.  Costume Design by Phyllis Dalton.  Film Editing by Bert Bates.  Golden Globe Awards 1960. In case The Third Man and The End of The Affair have you convinced that…

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Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1965.  Wheel Productions.  Screenplay by John Mortimer, Penelope Mortimer, based on the novel by Marryam Modell.  Cinematography by Denys N. Coop. Produced by Otto Preminger.  Music by Paul Glass.  Production Design by Donald M. Ashton.  Costume Design by Hope Bryce.  Film Editing by Peter Thornton. A young American woman (Carol Lynley), newly arrived…

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Cavalcade (1933)

FRANK LLOYD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1933.  Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Reginald Berkeley, continuity by Sonya Levien, based on the play by Noel Coward.  Cinematography by Ernest Palmer.  Produced by Frank Lloyd.  Music by Peter Brunelli, Louis De Francesco, Arthur Lange, J.S. Zamecnik.  Production Design by William S. Darling.  Costume Design by Earl Luick.  Film Editing by Margaret Clancey.  Academy Awards 1932/1933.  …

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Brief Encounter (1945)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1945.  Cineguild.  Screenplay by Anthony Havelock-Allan, David Lean, Ronald Neame, based on the play Still Life by Noel Coward.  Cinematography by Robert Krasker.  Produced by Noel Coward.  Music by John Hollingsworth, Percival Mackey, Muir Mathieson.  Production Design by Lawrence P. Williams.  Film Editing by Jack Harris.  Academy Awards 1946.  Cannes Film Festival 1946. A…

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Easy Virtue

BB (out of 5) Brash, modern America meets reserved, stately England in a culture-clash comedy adapted from the play of the same name by Noel Coward. Young and princely Ben Barnes finally returns to the aristocratic homestead of his birth to the delight of his overly involved mother (Kristin Scott Thomas), two quirky sisters and…

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Bitter Sweet (1940)

W.S. VAN DYKE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1940.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Lesser Samuels, based on the play by Noel Coward.  Cinematography by Oliver T. Marsh.  Produced by Victor Saville.  Music by Herbert Stothart.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Adrian, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Harold F. Kress.  Academy Awards 1940. If you can buy a late-thirties Jeanette MacDonald as a…

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The Italian Job (1969)

BBB (out of 5) Michael Caine stars as a thief who is let out of prison and immediately gets himself involved in another heist. He assembles a collection of crooks and they combine resources in order to accomplish the seemingly impossible: robbing a gold shipment in Turin during a traffic jam.  How they do it is…

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