The Robe (1953)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1953.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Albert Maltz, Philip Dunne, adaptation by Gina Kaus, based on the novel by Lloyd C. Douglas.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Frank Ross.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Emile Santiago.  Film Editing by Barbara McLean.  Academy…

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Under Milk Wood (1972)

ANDREW SINCLAIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom, 1972.  Timon Productions.  Screenplay by Andrew Sinclair, based on the play by Dylan Thomas.  Cinematography by Robert Huke.  Produced by John Comfort.  Music by Brian Gascoigne.  Production Design by Geoffrey Tozer.  Costume Design by Dulcie Midwinter, Roy Ponting.  Film Editing by Willy Kemplen, Greg Miller. Dylan Thomas’ popular radio drama is adapted to film with…

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My Cousin Rachel (1952)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1952.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on the novel by Daphne Du Maurier.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Nunnally Johnson.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by John DeCuir, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins.  Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.  Academy Awards 1952.  Golden Globe Awards 1952. Daphne…

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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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Staircase (1969)

STANLEY DONEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BB.  France/USA/United Kingdom, 1969.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Charles Dyer, based on his play.  Cinematography by Christopher Challis.  Produced by Stanley Donen.  Music by Dudley Moore.  Production Design by Willy Holt.  Costume Design by Clare Rendlesham.  Film Editing by Richard Marden. Richard Burton and Rex Harrison have been living together for over twenty years, running…

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The Sandpiper (1965)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1965.  Filmways Pictures, Venice Productions.  Story by Martin Ransohoff, adaptation by Irene Kemp, Louis Kamp, screenplay by Dalton Trumbo, Michael Wilson.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Martin Ransohoff.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by George W. Davis, Urie McCleary.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film Editing by David Bretherton.  Academy Awards 1965. …

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The Taming Of The Shrew (1967)

FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Italy/USA, 1967.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Royal Films International, F.A.I..  Screenplay by Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Franco Zeffirelli, Paul Dehn, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by Elizabeth Taylor.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Lorenzo Mongiardino.  Costume Design by Danilo Donati.  Film Editing by Peter Taylor.  Academy Awards…

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Anne Of The Thousand Days

CHARLES JARROTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1969.  Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by Bridget Boland, John Hale, adaptation by Richard Sokolove, based on the play by Maxwell Anderson.  Cinematography by Arthur Ibbetson.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Maurice Carter.  Costume Design by Margaret Furse.  Film Editing by Richard Marden.  Academy Awards 1969.  Golden Globe Awards 1969.  …

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Cleopatra (1963)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom/Switzerland, 1963.  Twentieth Century Fox, MCL Films S.A., Walwa Films S.A..  Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Ranald MacDougall, Sidney Buchman, based on the histories of Plutarch, Suetonius and Appian, and the book The Life And Times of Cleopatra by Carlo Mario Franzero.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy, Jack Hildyard.  Produced by…

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The Comedians

BB (out of 5) Peter Glenville followed his brilliant Becket with this terrible adaptation of Grahame Greene’s novel. It stars Richard Burton as a hotel owner in Haiti who gets involved with the political turbulence under “Papa Doc” Duvalier’s terrifying military regime on the island. Elizabeth Taylor stars as the wife of a European ambassador (Peter Ustinov)…

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Becket

BBBBB (out of 5) The relationship between Kenry Henry II of England and his best friend Thomas Becket, later to become the Archbishop of Canterbury, makes for an unforgettable viewing experience in this excellent film by Peter Glenville. After ascending the throne and following the death of the previous Archbishop, Henry (Peter O’Toole) decides that…

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The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (1965)

MARTIN RITT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1965.  Salem Films Limited.  Screenplay by Paul Dehn, Guy Trosper, based on the novel by John Le Carre.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by Martin Ritt.  Music by Sol Kaplan.  Production Design by Tambi Larsen.  Costume Design by Sophie Devine.  Film Editing by Anthony Harvey.  Academy Awards 1965.  Golden Globe Awards 1965.   John Le Carre’s spy novel and…

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