The Great Caruso (1951)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Sonya Levien, William Ludwig, suggested by the biography of Enrico Caruso by Dorothy Caruso.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Johnny Green, Peter Herman Adler.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Gabriel Scognamillo.  Costume Design by Helen Rose, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.  Academy Awards 1951.  …

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The Asphalt Jungle

BBBB (out of 5) Genre-defining heist movie that is as memorable for its rich characters and sharp writing as for its glinty black-and-white cinematography and cool, jazzy style. Sam Jaffe arrives in town fresh from his jail sentence with thievery on his mind. He hooks up with a crack team of jewel thieves (including Sterling Hayden…

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