Ace In The Hole (1951)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5 Alternative title:  The Big Carnival Paramount Pictures.  USA, 1951.  Story by Victor Desny, Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Lesser Samuels, Walter Newman. Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Hugo Friedhofer.  Production Design by A. Earl Hedrick, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.   A stunning piece of news media…

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The River (1951)

JEAN RENOIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  France/India/USA, 1951.  Oriental International Films.  Screenplay by Rumer Godden, Jean Renoir, based on the novel by Rumer Godden.  Cinematography by Claude Renoir.  Produced by Kenneth McEldowney, Jean Renoir.  Music by M.A. Partha Sarathy.  Production Design by Eugène Lourié.  Film Editing by George Gale. The opportunity to make a movie about India that included neither elephants nor…

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Fourteen Hours (1951)

HENRY HATHAWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1951.  Twentieth Century Fox. Story by Joel Sayre, Screenplay by John Paxton. Cinematography by Joseph MacDonald. Produced by Sol C. Siegel. Music by Alfred Newman. Production Design by Leland Fuller, Lyle R. Wheeler. Costume Design by Edward Stevenson. Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.  Strangely absorbing melodrama that features terrific performances and also marks…

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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.  The most…

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Alice In Wonderland (1951)

WILFRED JACKSON, CLYDE GERONIMI, HAMILTON LUSKE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB USA, 1951.  Walt Disney Productions.  Story by Winston Hibler, Ted Sears, Bill Peet, Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Milt Banta, William Cottrell, Dick Kelsey, Joe Grant, Dick Huemer, Del Connell, Tom Oreb, John Walbridge, based on The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking…

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Rashomon (1950)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Japan, 1950.  Daiei Motion Picture Company.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, based on the stories Rashomon and In A Grove by Ryunosuke Akutagawa. Cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa.  Produced by Minoru Jingo.  Music by Fumio Hayasaka.  Production Design by Takashi Matsuyama.  Film Editing by Akira Kurosawa.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   Exceptional Japanese drama by Akira…

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Born Yesterday (1950)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1950.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Albert Mannheimer, based on the play by Garson Kanin.  Cinematography by Joseph Walker.  Produced by S. Sylvan Simon.  Music by Friedrich Hollaender.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Charles Nelson.   Judy Holliday is absolutely fantastic in this witty, sparkling adaptation of the…

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Diary Of A Country Priest (1951)

ROBERT BRESSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Original title:  Journal D’Un Cure De Campagne France, 1951.  Union Générale Cinématographique.  Screenplay by Robert Bresson, based on the novel by Georges Bernanos.  Cinematography by Leonce-Henri Burel.  Music by Jean-Jacques Grunenwald.  Production Design by Pierre Charbonnier.  Film Editing by Paulette Robert.   Quiet, powerful work about a priest who arrives at a little village in France…

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The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

CHARLES CRICHTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1951.  Ealing Studios.  Screenplay by T.E.B. Clarke.  Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by Michael Balcon.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by William Kellner.  Costume Design by Anthony Mendleson.  Film Editing by Seth Holt.   Alec Guinness is a riot as a doddering bank employee who decides to pull off a heist and be rich for the rest…

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