Carry On Doctor (1967)

GERALD THOMAS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   United Kingdom, 1967.  The Rank Organisation.  Screenplay by Talbot Rothwell.  Cinematography by Alan Hume.  Produced by Peter Rogers.  Music by Eric Rogers.  Production Design by Cedric Dawe.  Costume Design by Yvonne Caffin.  Film Editing by Alfred Roome.   Halfway through the lengthy career of the Carry On films, they’re still winning at the box office and, in this…

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Bugsy Malone (1976)

ALAN PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   United Kingdom, 1976.  The Rank Organisation, Goodtimes Enterprises, Bugsy Malone Productions, National Film Finance Consortium.  Screenplay by Alan Parker.  Cinematography by Peter Biziou, Michael Seresin.  Produced by Alan Marshall.  Music by Paul Williams.  Production Design by Geoffrey Kirkland.  Costume Design by Monica Howe.  Film Editing by Gerry Hambling.  Academy Awards 1976.  Cannes Film Festival 1976.  Golden Globe Awards…

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Ill Met By Moonlight (1957)

MICHAEL POWELL, EMERIC PRESSBURGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   United Kingdom, 1957.  The Rank Organisation, Vega Film Productions.  Screenplay by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, based on the book by W. Stanley Moss.  Cinematography by Christopher Challis.  Produced by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.  Music by Mikis Theodorakis.  Production Design by Alex Vetchinsky.  Costume Design by Nandi Routh.  Film Editing by Arthur Stevens.  True story…

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A Queen Is Crowned (1953)

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1953.  The Rank Organisation.  Screenplay by Christopher Fry.  Produced by Castleton Knight.  Music by Guy Warrack.  Academy Awards 1953.  Golden Globe Awards 1953. The events surrounding the coronation of Elizabeth II make up the entirety of this documentary, shot entirely in beautiful Technicolour. Thanks to the ceremony’s many stages being well known in advance, Laurence…

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All Night Long (1962)

BASIL DEARDEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1962.  The Rank Organisation.  Screenplay by Nel King, Paul Jarrico, based on the play Othello by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Edward Scaife.  Produced by Michael Relph, Bob Roberts.  Music by Philip Green.  Production Design by Ray Simm.  Costume Design by Julie Harris.  Film Editing by John D. Guthridge. Shakespeare’s Othello is loosely updated to an anniversary…

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Sapphire (1959)

BASIL DEARDEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1959.  The Rank Organisation.  Screenplay by Janet Green, additional dialogue by Lukas Heller.  Cinematography by Harry Waxman.  Produced by Michael Relph.  Music by Philip Green.  Production Design by Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by Julie Harris.  Film Editing by John D. Guthridge.   Solid police procedural written by Janet Green, about the investigation of a young woman…

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Soldier Of Orange (1977)

PAUL VERHOEVEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB Original title:  Soldaat van Oranje Netherlands/Belgium, 1977.  Excelsior Films, Film Holland, The Rank Organisation, Rob Houwer Productions.  Screenplay by Kees Holierhoek, Gerard Soeteman, Paul Verhoeven, based on the novel Soldaat van Oranje ’40-’45 by Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema.  Cinematography by Jost Vacano.  Produced by Rob Houwer.  Music by Rogier van Otterloo.  Production Design by Roland de Groot.  Costume Design by…

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Flame Over India (1959)

J. LEE THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  Alternate title:  North West Frontier United Kingdom, 1959.  The Rank Organisation.  Original Story by Patrick Ford, Will Price, Screenplay by Robin Estridge, based on a screenplay by Frank S. Nugent.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth.  Produced by Marcel Hellman.  Music by Mischa Spoliansky.  Production Design by Alec Vetchinsky.  Costume Design by Yvonne Caffin.  Film Editing by Frederick Wilson.   This…

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A Tale Of Two Cities (1958)

RALPH THOMAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1958.  The Rank Organisation.  Screenplay by T.E.B. Clarke, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.  Cinematography by Ernest Steward.  Produced by Betty E. Box.  Music by Richard Addinsell.  Production Design by Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by Beatrice Dawson.  Film Editing by Alfred Roome.   Faithful adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel isn’t up to the…

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Campbell’s Kingdom (1957)

RALPH THOMAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1957.  The Rank Organisation.  Screenplay by Robin Estridge, co-operation with Hammond Innes, based on the novel by Hammond Innes.  Cinematography by Ernest Steward.  Produced by Betty E. Box.  Music by Clifton Parker.  Production Design by Maurice Carter.  Costume Design by Joan Ellacott.  Film Editing by Frederick Wilson.   Dirk Bogarde is wonderful in this exciting adventure set…

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The Comfort Of Strangers (1990)

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA/Italy/United Kingdom, 1990.  Erre Produzioni, Reteitalia, Sovereign Pictures, The Rank Organisation.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Angelo Rizzoli Jr..  Music by Angelo Badalamenti.  Production Design by Gianni Quaranta.  Costume Design by Giorgio Armani.  Film Editing by Bill Pankow. British travellers in Italy Natasha Richardson and Rupert Everett become the unwitting houseguests of a…

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Bob Roberts (1992)

TIM ROBBINS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1992.  Miramax, Live Entertainment, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, The Rank Organisation, Working Title Films.  Screenplay by Tim Robbins.  Cinematography by Jean Lepine.  Produced by Forrest Murray.  Music by David Robbins.  Production Design by Richard Hoover.  Costume Design by Bridget Kelly.  Film Editing by Lisa Zeno Churgin.  Golden Globe Awards 1992.  National Board of Review Awards 1992….

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