The Visitor (1979)

GIULIO PARADISI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB Original Title: Stridulum Italy, 1979. Brouwersgfracht Investments. Story by Giulio Paradisi, Ovidio G. Assonitis, Screenplay by Luciano Comici, Robert Mundi. Cinematography by Ennio Guarnieri. Produced by Ovidio G. Assonitis. Music by Franco Micalizzi. Production Design by Franco Vanorio. Film Editing by Roberto Curi. This nonsensical “horror” film…

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Tentacles (1977)

OVIDIO G. ASSONITIS Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0.5 Original Title: Tentacoli Italy, 1977. Esse Ci Cinematografica, American International Pictures. Screenplay by Jerome Max, Tito Carpi, Steven W. Carabatsos. Cinematography by Roberto D’Ettore Piazzoli. Produced by Enzo Doria. Music by Stelvio Cipriani. Production Design by Mario Molli. Costume Design by Nicoletta Ercole. Film Editing by…

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The Big Knife (1955)

ROBERT ALDRICH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.    USA, 1955.  The Associates & Aldrich Company.   Screenplay by James Poe, based on the play by Clifford Odets.  Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo.  Produced by Robert Aldrich.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by William Glasgow.  Film Editing by Michael Luciano. Clifford Odets’s vicious play about…

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Stepping Out (1991)

LEWIS GILBERT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1991.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Richard Harris, based on his play.  Cinematography by Alan Hume.  Produced by Lewis Gilbert.  Music by Peter Matz.  Production Design by Alicia Keywan.  Costume Design by Candy Paterson.  Film Editing by Humphrey Dixon.  Richard Harris’ community theatre favourite gets its shot at the big screen, and the results…

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A Double Life (1947)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA, 1947.  Kanin Productions.  Screenplay by Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin. Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Michael Kanin.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Travis Banton, Yvonne Wood.  Film Editing by Robert Parrish.   Ronald Colman plays a famous Broadway actor who struggles with detaching from the job,…

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The Delta Force (1986)

MENAHEM GOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA/Israel, 1986.  Golan-Globus Productions.  Screenplay by James Bruner, Menahem Golan.  Cinematography by David Gurfinkel.  Produced by Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Luciano Spadoni.  Costume Design by Tami Mor.  Film Editing by Alain Jakubowicz. Having previously made an Oscar nominated film about the 1976 Air France hijacking that resulted in…

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What’s The Matter With Helen? (1971)

CURTIS HARRINGTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1971.  Filmways Pictures, Raymax Productions.  Screenplay by Henry Farrell.  Cinematography by Lucien Ballard.  Produced by George Edwards.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by Eugène Lourié.  Costume Design by Morton Haack.  Film Editing by William Reynolds.   Delightfully campy indulgence in horror stars Debbie Reynolds and Shelley Winters as two complete opposites united by their sons; it’s the…

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The Tenant (1976)

ROMAN POLANSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  France, 1976.  Marianne Productions.  Screenplay by Gerard Brach, Roman Polanski, based on the novel by Roland Topor.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Andrew Braunsberg.  Music by Philippe Sard.  Production Design by Pierre Guffroy.  Costume Design by Jacques Schmidt.  Film Editing by Francoise Bonnot.   Roman Polanski scores a rare misfire with this unintelligible thriller. He stars…

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Executive Suite (1954)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1954.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, based on the play by Cameron Hawley.  Cinematography by George J. Folsey.  Produced by John Houseman.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.   The president of a furniture-making corporation drops dead of a heart attack on the streets…

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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.  …

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Phone Call From A Stranger (1952)

JEAN NEGULESCO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1952.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on the story by I.A.R. Wylie.  Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner.  Produced by Nunnally Johnson.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by J. Russell Spencer, Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Elois Jenssen.  Film Editing by Hugh S. Fowler.   After a plane crash takes the lives…

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The Night Of The Hunter (1955)

CHARLES LAUGHTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1955.  Paul Gregory Productions.  Screenplay by James Agee, based on the novel by David Grubb.  Cinematography by Stanley Cortez.  Produced by Paul Gregory.  Music by Walter Schumann.  Production Design by Hilyard M. Brown.  Costume Design by Jerry Bos.  Film Editing by Robert Golden.   Terrifying thriller directed by Charles Laughton features Robert Mitchum in one of…

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