Summer And Smoke (1961)

PETER GLENVILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1961. Hal Wallis Productions. Screenplay by James Poe, Meade Roberts, based on the play by Tennessee Williams. Cinematography by Charles Lang. Produced by Hal B. Wallis. Music by Elmer Bernstein. Production Design by Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler. Costume Design by Edith Head. Film Editing by…

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The Ritz (1976)

RICHARD LESTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1976.  Courtyard Films, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Terrence McNally, based on his play.  Cinematography by Paul Wilson.  Produced by Denis O’Dell.  Music by Ken Thorne.  Production Design by Philip Harrison.  Costume Design by Evangeline Harrison.  Film Editing by John Bloom.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies. An old Italian patriarch dies and, on his deathbed, begs…

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Happy Birthday, Gemini (1980)

RICHARD BENNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1980.  King-Hitzig Productions.  Screenplay by Richard Benner, based on the play by Albert Innaurato.  Cinematography by James B. Kelly.  Produced by Rupert Hitzig.  Music by Cathy Chamberlain, Rich Look.  Production Design by Edwin Watkins.  Costume Design by Lynne MacKay.  Film Editing by Stephan Fanfara.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies Albert Innaurato’s off-Broadway play Gemini is adapted to the…

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The Four Seasons (1981)

ALAN ALDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1981.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Alan Alda.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Martin Bregman.  Production Design by Jack T. Collis.  Costume Design by Jane Greenwood.  Film Editing by Michael Economou.   Three couples get together for vacations four times, one in each season, and we watch as their relationships with each other…

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The Toast Of New Orleans (1950)

NORMAN TAUROG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   USA, 1950.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Sy Gomberg, George Wells.  Cinematography by William E. Snyder.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Albert Sendrey, George Stoll.  Production Design by Daniel B. Cathcart, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett, Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.   Those who aren’t fans of opera will prefer to kill themselves than sit through…

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West Side Story (1961)

ROBERT WISE, JEROME ROBBINS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  The Mirisch Corporation, Seven Arts Productions.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, from the play conceived by Jerome Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents, adapted from the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Robert Wise.  Music by Leonard Bernstein.  Production Design by Boris Leven.  Costume Design by…

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The King And I (1956)

WALTER LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB USA, 1956.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, from the musical play by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on the novel Anna and the King Of Siam by Margaret Landon.  Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.  Produced by Charles Brackett.  Music by Alfred Newman.  Production Design by John DeCuir, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Irene Sharaff.  Film Editing by…

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Singin’ In The Rain (1952)

STANLEY DONEN, GENE KELLY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 1952.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story and Screenplay by Adolph Green, Betty Comden.  Cinematography by Harold Rosson.  Produced by Arthur Freed.  Music by Lennie Hayton.  Production Design by Randall Duell, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Walter Plunkett.  Film Editing by Adrienne Fazan. The classic musical that has never aged a day. Gene Kelly plays a movie star during a…

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Carnal Knowledge (1971)

MIKE NICHOLS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1971.   Embassy Pictures.   Screenplay by Jules Feiffer.   Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno.   Produced by Mike Nichols.   Production Design by Richard Sylbert.   Costume Design by Anthea Sylbert.   Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.    The male sexual psyche is given a critical, depressing going over in this brilliantly acted drama…

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Casa De Los Babys (2003)

JOHN SAYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/Mexico, 2003.  IFC Films, Springall Pictures.  Screenplay by John Sayles.  Cinematography by Mauricio Rubinstein.  Produced by Alejandro Springall, Lemore Syvan.  Music by Mason Daring.  Production Design by Felipe Fernández del Paso.  Costume Design by Mayes C. Rubeo.  Film Editing by John Sayles.   Six women stay at a resort in Mexico, some for months on…

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