Cat People (1942)

JACQUES TOURNEUR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1942.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by DeWitt Bodeen.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.   Produced by Val Lewton.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Walter E. Keller.  Costume Design by Renie.  Film Editing by Mark Robson. A naval construction engineer (Kent Smith) espies a…

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La Bete Humaine (1938)

JEAN RENOIR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  France, 1938.  Paris Film.  Screenplay by Jean Renoir, dialogue by Denise Leblond, based on the novel by Emile Zola.  Cinematography by Curt Courant.  Produced by Raymond Hakim, Robert Hakim.  Music by Joseph Kosma.  Production Design by Eugène Lourié.  Film Editing by Suzanne de Troeye, Marguerite Renoir.  Jean Renoir…

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The Curse of the Cat People (1944)

ROBERT WISE, GUNTHER VON FRITSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1944.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Screenplay by DeWitt Bodeen.  Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.  Produced by Val Lewton.  Music by Roy Webb.  Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino, Walter E. Keller.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by J.R. Whittredge. The studio pushed producer Val Lewton for a sequel to the surprise hit Cat People, and…

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La Ronde (1950)

MAX OPHULS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  France, 1950.  Films Sacha Gordine, Janus Film.  Adaptation by Jacques Natanson, Max Ophuls, Dialogue by Jacques Natanson, based on the play Reigen by Arthur Schnitzler.  Cinematography by Christian Matras.  Produced by Ralph Baum, Sacha Gordine.  Music by Oscar Straus.  Production Design by Jean d’Eaubonne.  Costume Design by Georges Annenkov.  Film Editing by Leonide Azar.   Max Ophuls…

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Le Plaisir (1952)

MAX OPHULS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  France, 1952.  Compagnie Commerciale Française Cinématographique, Stera Films.  Adaptation by Jacques Natanson, Max Ophuls, Dialogue by Jacques Natanson, based on stories by Guy de Maupassant.  Cinematography by Philippe Agostini, Christian Matras.  Produced by Edouard Harispuru, M. Kieffer.  Music by Joe Hajos.  Production Design by Jean d’Eaubonne.  Costume Design by Georges Annenkov.  Film Editing by Leonide Azar.  …

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The Devil And Daniel Webster (1941)

WILLIAM DIETERLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.    Alternate title:  All That Money Can Buy USA, 1941.  William Dieterle Productions.  Screenplay by Dan Totheroh, Stephen Vincent Benet, based on the story by Stephen Vincent Benet.  Cinematography by Joseph H. August.  Produced by William Dieterle.  Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by Van Nest Polglase.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by Robert…

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