Senso (1954)

LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.   Italy, 1954.  Lux Film.  Story and Screenplay by Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Luchino Visconti, with the collaboration of Carlo Alianello, Giorgio Bassani, Giorgio Prosperi, and dialogue collaboration by Tennessee Williams, Paul Bowles, based on the novel by Camillo Boito.  Cinematography by G.R. Aldo, Robert Krasker.  Produced by Domenico Forges Davanzati.  Production Design by…

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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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Beautiful Darling (2010)

JAMES RASIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2010.  Flowerside Creations, JJay Productions. Screenplay by James Rasin.  Cinematography by Martina Radwan.  Produced by Elizabeth Bentley, Gill Holland, Jeremiah Newton.  Music by Gerald Busby, Louis Durra.  Film Editing by Zachary Stuart-Pontier.   The life and times of Andy Warhol superstar Candy Darling are examined in this highly enjoyable documentary, a great companion piece…

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Chris & Don: A Love Story

GUIDO SANTI, TINA MASCARA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2007.  Asphalt Stars Productions.  Cinematography by Ralph Q. Smith.  Produced by Julia Alexander, Tina Mascara, Guido Santi.  Music by Miriam Cutler.  Production Design by Francisco Stohr.  Costume Design by Signe Johnson.  Film Editing by Tina Mascara, Guido Santi.  Gotham Awards 2008.   In 1960, 46 year-old celebrated author and British ex-patriate Christopher Isherwood met 16…

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The Glass Menagerie

BBB (out of 5) After years of playing the leads in a number of Tennessee Williams adaptations for the screen, who better to direct a film version of one of the southern scribe’s less turgid pieces than Paul Newman? He directs real-life wife Joanne Woodward as the domineering mother who lords over her shy, physically…

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The Rose Tattoo

DANIEL MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   Anna Magnani stars as an Italian immigrant housewife living in the American south. She loses her pride-and-joy of a husband in a truck accident and afterwards discovers that he wasn’t faithful to her. Her refusal to believe that her man was anything less than perfect estranges her from…

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A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1951.  Charles K. Feldman Group, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Tennessee Williams, adaptation by Oscar Saul, based on the play by Tennessee Williams.  Cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr..  Produced by Charles K. Feldman.  Music by Alex North.  Production Design by Richard Day, Bertram Tuttle.  Costume Design by Lucinda Ballard.  Film Editing by David Weisbart.  Academy Awards 1951….

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Baby Doll (1956)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1956.  Newtown Productions.  Screenplay by Tennessee Williams.   Cinematography by Boris Kaufman.  Produced by Elia Kazan.  Music by Kenyon Hopkins.  Production Design by Richard Sylbert.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone.  Film Editing by Gene Milford.  Academy Awards 1956.  Golden Globe Awards 1956. Carroll Baker‘s performance is the best reason to see this film by Elia…

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This Property Is Condemned

BBB.5 (out of 5) Handsome young Robert Redford blows into a tiny southern town and sets up at a local boarding house. He is unimpressed by the fast-talking woman who runs the place (Kate Reid) and charmed by her sweet young teenaged daughter (Mary Badham), but what really catches his eye is the young woman…

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The Night Of The Iguana (1964)

JOHN HUSTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1964.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Anthony Veiller, John Huston, based on the play by Tennessee Williams.  Cinematography by Gabriel Figueroa.  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Benjamin Frankel.  Production Design by Stephen B. Grimes.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins.  Film Editing by Ralph Kemplen.  Academy Awards 1964.  Golden Globe Awards 1964. A one-time pastor (Richard Burton) finds…

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Sweet Bird Of Youth

BBB.5 (out of 5) Tennessee Williams makes his way to the big screen once again. This film mainly centres around the sadomasochistic relationship between a pretty-boy wannabe actor (Paul Newman) and an established, aging stage and screen star (Geraldine Page). Newman failed the first time he tried to make it in Hollywood, and now that…

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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Here’s a rare example of Hollywood censorship actually improving a film. Tennessee Williams’ original play is about a Peter Pan-syndromed young football hero who is being forced by his overbearing father to admit the homosexual nature of his relationship with his recently killed best friend and accept that it was okay…

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