Lost Horizon (1973)

CHARLES JARROTT Bil’s rating (out of 5): B USA, 1973. Columbia Pictures, Ross Hunter Productions. Screenplay by Larry Kramer, based on the novel by James Hilton. Cinematography by Robert Surtees. Produced by Ross Hunter. Music by Burt Bacharach. Production Design by E. Preston Ames. Costume Design by Jean Louis. Film Editing by Maury Winetrobe.  Podcast:…

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Far From The Madding Crowd (1967)

JOHN SCHLESINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1967.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Vic Films Productions.  Screenplay by Frederic Raphael, based on the novel by Thomas Hardy.  Cinematography by Nicolas Roeg. Produced by Joseph Janni.  Music by Richard Rodney Bennett.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald.  Costume Design by Alan Barrett.  Film Editing by Malcolm Cooke.   Thomas Hardy’s tale of love and property is adapted…

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Network (1976)

SIDNEY LUMET Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1976.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Howard Gottfried.  Music by Elliot Lawrence.  Production Design by Philip Rosenberg.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Alan Heim.   Riveting look at television news media, starring Peter Finch as an anchorman whose waning ratings prompt his bosses to fire him. His…

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Elephant Walk (1954)

WILLIAM DIETERLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1954.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, based on the novel by Robert Standish.  Cinematography by Loyal Griggs.  Produced by Irving Asher.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by J. McMillan Johnson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by George Tomasini.   Reasonably involving drama about a British shopkeeper (Elizabeth Taylor)…

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The Pumpkin Eater (1964)

JACK CLAYTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1964.  Romulus Films.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by Penelope Mortimer.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by James Woolf.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Edward Marshall.  Costume Design by Sophie Devine.  Film Editing by Jim Clark.   This excellent, provocative drama still has enough intensity to make it daring by today’s standards….

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Sunday, Bloody Sunday (1971)

JOHN SCHLESINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1971.  Vectia, Vic Films Productions.  Screenplay by Penelope Gilliatt.  Cinematography by Billy Williams.   Produced by Joseph Janni.  Music by Ron Geesin.  Production Design by Luciana Arrighi.  Costume Design by Jocelyn Rickards.  Film Editing by Richard Marden.   Glenda Jackson and Peter Finch have nothing in common except two things in this British drama: they both use…

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The Nun’s Story (1959)

FRED ZINNEMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1959.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Robert Anderson, based on the book by Kathryn Hulme.  Cinematography by Franz Planer.  Produced by Henry Blanke.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Marjorie Best.  Film Editing by Walter Thompson.   Audrey Hepburn gives one of her most powerful performances in this highly respectable drama about…

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