The Flame Of New Orleans (1941)

RENE CLAIR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1941.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Norman Krasna.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Rene Clair, Joe Pasternak.  Music by Frank Skinner.  Production Design by Jack Otterson.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by Frank Gross.  Academy Awards 1941. Fishermen casting their nets in the Mississippi…

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The Pride Of The Yankees (1942)

SAM WOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1942.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.   Original Story by Paul Gallico, Screenplay by Jo Swerling, Herman J. Mankiewicz, prologue by Damon Runyon.   Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Leigh Harline.  Production Design by William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing…

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Love Affair (1939)

LEO MCCAREY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1939.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Story by Leo McCarey, Mildred Cram, Screenplay by Delmer Daves, Donald Ogden Stewart. Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Leo McCarey.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Howard Greer, Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Edward Dmytryk, George Hively.  Academy Awards 1939. Charles…

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Michael (1924)

CARL THEODOR DREYER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Germany, 1924.  Universum Film.  Screenplay by Thea von Harbou, Carl Theodor Dreyer, based on the novel by Herman Bang.  Cinematography by Karl Freund, Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Erich Pommer.  Music by Hans Joseph Vieth.  Production Design by Hugo Haring.  Costume Design by Hugo Haring.   A famous artist (Benjamin Christensen) has a young protégé…

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When Worlds Collide (1951)

RUDOLPH MATE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1951.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Sydney Boehm, based on the novel by Edwin Balmer, Philip Wylie. Cinematography by W. Howard Greene, John F. Seitz.  Produced by George Pal.  Music by Leith Stevens.  Production Design by Albert Nozaki, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.  Academy Awards 1951.   It must have…

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Vampyr (1932)

CARL THEODOR DREYER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Germany/France, 1932.  Tobis Filmkunst.  Screenplay by Christen Jul, Carl Theodor Dreyer, based on a book by Sheridan Le Fanu.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Carl Theodor Dreyer, Julian West.  Music by Wolfgang Zeller.  Production Design by Hermann Warm.  Film Editing by Tonka Taldy. Gorgeous, dreamlike images fill the screen throughout this loose…

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Gilda (1946)

CHARLES VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1946.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story by E.A. Ellington, Adaptation by Jo Eisinger, Screenplay by Marion Parsonnet.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Virginia Van Upp.  Music by Hugo Friedhofer.  Production Design by Stephen Goosson, Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Charles Nelson.  Cannes Film Festival 1946. Rita Hayworth is married to controlling and…

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Cover Girl (1944)

CHARLES VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1944.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story by Erwin S. Gelsey, Adaptation by Marion Parsonnet, Paul Gangelin, Screenplay by Virginia Van Upp.  Cinematography by Allen M. Davey, Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Arthur Schwartz.  Music by Jerome Kern.  Production Design by Lionel Banks, Cary Odell.  Costume Design by Travis Banton, Muriel King, Gwen Wakeling.  Film Editing by Viola Lawrence.  Academy…

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D.O.A. (1950)

RUDOLPH MATE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1950.  Harry Popkin Productions.  Story and Screenplay by Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Leo C. Popkin.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Duncan Cramer.  Costume Design by Maria P. Donovan.  Film Editing by Arthur H. Nadel.   Interesting twist on an old formula has Edmond O’Brien show up at police headquarters…

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To Be Or Not To Be (1942)

ERNST LUBITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA, 1942.  Romaine Film Corporation.  Original Story by Melchior Lengyel, Screenplay by Edwin Justus Mayer.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Ernst Lubitsch.  Music by Werner R. Heyman.  Production Design by Vincent Korda.  Costume Design by Irene.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.  Podcast: My Criterions.  Academy Awards 1942.   Fantastic war comedy, most notable for being the…

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It Started With Eve (1941)

HENRY KOSTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1941.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Norman Krasna, Leo Townsend, based on an original story by Hanns Kraly.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Hans J. Salter.  Production Design by Jack Otterson.  Costume Design by Vera West.  Film Editing by Bernard W. Burton.  Academy Awards 1942. Another adorable comedy of errors starring Deanna Durbin.  This…

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That Hamilton Woman (1941)

ALEXANDER KORDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1941.  Alexander Korda Films.  Original Screenplay by Walter Reisch, R.C. Sherriff.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Alexander Korda.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Vincent Korda.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck.  Academy Awards 1941.   Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier play Emma Hamilton and Captain Horatio Nelson, who defied their rigid, early…

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