Mary Queen of Scots (1971)

CHARLES JARROTT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1971.  Universal Pictures, Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by John Hale.  Cinematography by Christopher Challis.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Terence Marsh.  Costume Design by Margaret Furse.  Film Editing by Richard Marden.  Academy Awards 1971.  Golden Globe Awards 1971. The most celebrated girlfight in western political history is the subject … More Mary Queen of Scots (1971)

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Hurricane (1979)

JAN TROELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA/Netherlands, 1979.  Dino De Laurentiis Company, Famous Films.  Screenplay by Lorenzo Semple Jr., based on the novel by James Norman Hall, Charles Nordhoff.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Danilo Donati.  Costume Design by Danilo Donati.  Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.  Dino De Laurentiis was so satisfied … More Hurricane (1979)

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Sons And Lovers

BBBB (out of 5) Adaptation of the second half of D.H. Lawrence’s masterful novel that takes liberties with dramatization but has at its core the same essential focus, a relationship between mother and son that has near-Oedipal levels of dependence. Wendy Hiller is perfectly cast as the woman who takes the disappointment of her marriage to a … More Sons And Lovers

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Ludwig

BBB (out of 5) The life of the Bavarian prince who died at 40 after barely twenty years on the throne is covered in this four hour period epic by Luchino Visconti, the film he has making when he had the stroke that would contribute to his death four years later. Helmut Berger in capes is a … More Ludwig

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Meteor

BB (out of 5) Scientist Sean Connery is pulled away from an exciting boat race and dragged to Washington to consult on a serious matter despite the fact that he left the government’s employ ages ago. He is informed that the recent contact between a comet and a meteor has knocked the latter into a collision … More Meteor

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Operation Crossbow

BBB (out of 5) British intelligence sends three men across enemy lines during World War II to find and infiltrate a Nazi factory, where the Germans are creating rocket technology that they will use to destroy London. George Peppard and Tom Courtenay are already parachuting down from their planes when an intelligence error results in … More Operation Crossbow

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