Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)

ALAN GIBSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1972.  Hammer Films.  Screenplay by Don Houghton, based on characters created by Bram Stoker.   Cinematography by Dick Bush.  Produced by Josephine Douglas.  Music by Michael Vickers.  Production Design by Don Mingaye.  Costume Design by Rosemary Burrows.  Film Editing by James Needs. Hammer horror silliness should…

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The Vampire Lovers (1970)

ROY WARD BAKER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  United Kingdom, 1970.  Hammer Films.   Screenplay by Tudor Gates, adaptation by Harry Fine, Tudor Gates, Michael Style, based on the story Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu.   Cinematography by Moray Grant.   Produced by Harry Fine, Michael Style.  Music by Harry Robertson.  Production Design by Scott MacGregor.  Costume…

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Time Without Pity (1957)

JOSEPH LOSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1957.    Harlequin Productions Ltd..    Screenplay by Ben Barzman, based on the play by Emlyn Williams.  Cinematography by Freddie Francis.  Produced by John Arnold, Anthony Simmons.  Music by Tristram Cary.  Production Design by Reece Pemberton.  Costume Design by Irma Birch.  Film Editing by Alan…

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The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

PETER DUFFELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   United Kingdom, 1971.  Amicus Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Bloch.  Cinematography by Ray Parslow.  Produced by Max Rosenberg, Milton Subotsky.  Music by Michael Dress.  Production Design by Tony Curtis.  Costume Design by Laurel Staffell.  Film Editing by Peter Tanner. A Scotland Yard detective heads out to the country to investigate the disappearance of a famous movie…

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Moulin Rouge (1952)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1952.  Romulus Films.  Screenplay by Anthony Veiller, John Huston, based on the novel by Pierre La Mure.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by John Huston, James Woolf, John Woolf.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by Marcel Vertes.  Costume Design by Julia Squire.  Film Editing by Ralph Kemplen.   Gorgeous romance focusing on…

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The Man In The Iron Mask (1939)

JAMES WHALE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1939.  Edward Small Productions.  Screenplay by George Bruce, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas pere.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by Edward Small.  Music by Lucien Moraweck.  Production Design by John DuCasse Schulze.  Costume Design by William Bridgehouse.  Film Editing by Grant Whytock.   Loose adaptation of the third volume of Three Musketeers stories…

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Hamlet (1948)

LAURENCE OLIVIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1948.  Two Cities Films.  Based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Desmond Dickinson.  Produced by Reginald Beck.  Music by William Walton.  Production Design Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by Elizabeth Hennings.  Film Editing by Helga Cranston.  Podcast: My Criterions.   Moody, atmospheric adaptation of the Bard’s most popular tragedy, directed with noirish zeal by Laurence Olivier….

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Star Wars (1977)

GEORGE LUCAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1977.  Lucasfilm, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.   Screenplay by George Lucas.  Cinematography by Gilbert Taylor.  Produced by Gary Kurtz.   Music by John Williams.  Production Design by John Barry.  Costume Design by John Mollo.  Film Editing by Richard Chew, Paul Hirsch, Marcia Lucas.   This science-fiction blockbuster breathed new life into the genre by creating a…

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The End Of The Affair (1955)

EDWARD DMYTRYK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom, 1955.  Coronado Productions.  Screenplay by Lenore J. Coffee, based on the novel by Graham Greene.  Cinematography by Wilkie Cooper.  Produced by David Lewis.  Music by Benjamin Frankel.  Production Design by Donald M. Ashton.  Costume Design by Julia Squire.  Film Editing by Alan Osbiston.   And you thought the remake was boring. Edward Dmytryk’s original is…

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The Naked Edge (1961)

MICHAEL ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1961.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer British Studios.  Screenplay by Joseph Stefano, based on the novel First Train To Babylon by Max Ehrlich.  Cinematography by Erwin Hillier.  Produced by Georges Glass, Walter Seltzer.  Music by William Alwyn.  Production Design by Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by Julie Harris.  Film Editing by Gordon Pilkington.   When an American businessman (Gary…

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