Tom Thumb (1958)

GEORGE PAL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1958. Galaxy Pictures Limited.  Screenplay by Ladislas Fodor, based on the story by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm.  Cinematography by Georges Perinal.  Produced by George Pal.  Music by Douglas Gamley, Ken Jones.  Production Design by Elliot Scott.  Costume Design by Olga Lehmann.  Film Editing by Frank … More Tom Thumb (1958)

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The Millionairess

B (out of 5) Abysmally confused adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s play, about a wealthy heiress (Sophia Loren, whose delightfully intelligent humour can do very little to save the show) whose father leaves instructions in his will that she only marry a man who takes a sum of her money and multiplies it in a given … More The Millionairess

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Murder By Death

BBBB (out of 5) This film and The Cheap Detective make for a terrific pair of mystery spoofs, both filled with hilarious situations and spot-on imitations of the genres they are parodying. In this one, Agatha Christie’s style of murder mysteries are the target, with crazy old Truman Capote inviting a host of famous sleuths to … More Murder By Death

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Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb

BBBBB (out of 5) Just like The Americanization of Emily made a comedy out of D-Day, Dr. Strangelove makes light of the Cold War and nuclear warfare. Seems tasteless, but actually it’s a brilliantly directed, extremely intelligent satire on the ridiculousness of the subject it deals with. Peter Sellers is fantastic in three roles, one … More Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb

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Lolita (1962)

BBB (out of 5) Humbert Humbert (James Mason) arrives from Europe to a tiny American town and takes a lodging at the home of a widow (Shelley Winters). The clincher in the deal for him is her daughter, the teenaged “nymphet” of the title (Sue Lyon) with whom he becomes obsessed, even going so far … More Lolita (1962)

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