Beau Brummell (1954)

CURTIS BERNHARDT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA/United Kingdom, 1954.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Karl Tunberg, based on the play by Clyde Fitch.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by Sam Zimbalist.  Music by Richard Addinsell.  Production Design by Alfred Junge.  Costume Design by Elizabeth Haffenden.  Film Editing by Frank Clarke. The famed Englishman whose name is still often used to denote sartorial prowess began as a…

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The True Glory (1945)

GARSON KANIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1945.  Ministry of Information, U.S. Office of War Information.  Screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky.  Music by William Alwyn.  Production Design by Roger K. Furse.  Film Editing by Jerome Corwin.   Superb documentary that sees Carol Reed and Garson Kanin paring down millions of hours of footage into a seamless, 80 minute recreation…

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Billy Budd (1962)

PETER USTINOV Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1962.  Allied Artists Pictures, Anglo Allied.  Screenplay by Peter Ustinov, DeWitt Bodeen, based on the play by Louis O. Coxe and Robert H. Chapman and the novel Billy Budd, Foretopman by Herman Melville.  Cinematography by Robert Krasker.  Produced by Peter Ustinov.  Music by Antony Hopkins.  Production Design by Donald M. Ashton.  Costume…

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Appointment With Death (1988)

MICHAEL WINNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.   USA, 1988.  Golan-Globus Productions.  Screenplay by Anthony Shaffer, Peter Buckman, Michael Winner, based on the novel by Agatha Christie.  Cinematography by David Garfinkel.  Produced by Michael Winner.  Music by Pino Donaggio.  Production Design by John Blezard.  Costume Design by John Bloomfield.  Film Editing by Michael Winner. After such enjoyably droll outings with Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express,…

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The Bachelor (1999)

GARY SINYOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1999.  New Line Cinema, The Lloyd Segan Company, George Street Pictures.  Screenplay by Steve Cohen, based on the play Seven Chances by Roi Cooper Megrue and the 1925 screenplay Seven Chances by Jean C. Havez, Clyde Bruckman, Joseph A. Mitchell.  Cinematography by Simon Archer.  Produced by Jeffrey T. Barabe, Bing Howenstein, Lloyd Segan.  Music by…

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Robin Hood (1973)

WOLFGANG REITHERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1973.  Walt Disney Productions.  Story by Larry Clemmons, story sequences by Ken Anderson, Vance Gerry, Frank Thomas, Eric Cleworth, Julius Svendsen, David Michener, based on character and story conceptions by Ken Anderson.  Produced by Wolfgang Reitherman.  Music by George Bruns.  Production Design by Don Griffith.  Film Editing by Tom Acosta, James Melton.  …

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One Of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)

MICHAEL POWELL, EMERIC PRESSBURGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1942.  British National Films, The Archers.  Screenplay by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.  Cinematography by Ronald Neame.  Produced by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.  Production Design by David Rawnsley.  Film Editing by David Lean.   Michael Powell was commissioned by the British government to make a propaganda film to help out with the…

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Lola Montes (1955)

MAX OPHULS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/West Germany, 1955.  Gamma Film, Florida Films, Union-Film.  Scenario by Max Ophuls, Adaptation by Annette Wademant, Max Ophuls, Dialogue by Jacques Natanson, based on the novel La Vie Extraordinaire de Lola Montes by Cecil Saint-Laurent.  Cinematography by Christian Matras.  Produced by Albert Caraco.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by Jean d’Eaubonne.  Costume Design by…

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Lorenzo’s Oil (1992)

GEORGE MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Universal Pictures, Kennedy Miller Productions.  USA, 1992.  Screenplay by George Miller, Nick Enright.  Cinematography by John Seale.  Produced by George Miller, Doug Mitchell.  Music by Christine Woodruff.  Production Design by Kristi Zea.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film Editing by Marcus D’Arcy, Richard Francis-Bruce.   Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon play two real-life heroes, Augusto and Michaela Odone, two…

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Quo Vadis (1951)

MERVYN LeROY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, S.N. Behrman, Sonya Levien, based on the novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz.  Cinematography by William V. Skall, Robert Surtees.  Produced by Sam Zimbalist.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons, William A. Horning.  Costume Design by Herschel McCoy.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters. …

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Death On The Nile (1978)

JOHN GUILLERMIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. United Kingdom, 1978.  Mersham Productions Ltd..  Screenplay by Anthony Shaffer, based on the novel by Agatha Christie.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.   Produced by John Brabourne, Richard B. Goodwin.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Peter Murton.  Costume Design by Anthony Powell.  Film Editing by Malcolm Cooke.   Like Murder On The Orient Express before it, this…

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The Sundowners (1960)

FRED ZINNEMANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1960.  Warner Bros. Productions.  Screenplay by Isobel Lennart, based on the novel by Jon Cleary.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Gerry Blattner.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Michael Stringer.  Costume Design by Elizabeth Haffenden.  Film Editing by Jack Harris.   A sheep-herding Australian family lives nomadically across the wild outback of…

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