The Battle of Russia (1943)

FRANK CAPRA, ANATOLE LITVAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1943.  U.S. Army Special Service Division, U.S. War Department.  Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Rober Heller, featuring selections adapted from Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler.  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck.  Academy Awards 1943.   Exemplary entry in the Why We Fight series, and one…

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I Want To Live (1958)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1958.  Figaro.  Screenplay by Nelson Gidding, Don Mankiewicz, based on newspaper articles by Ed Montgomery and the letters of Barbara Graham.  Cinematography by Lionel Lindon.  Produced by Walter Wanger.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by Victor A. Gangelin, Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Angela Alexander, Wesley Jeffries.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck.  Academy Awards 1958.  Golden Globe Awards 1958.  …

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That Hamilton Woman (1941)

ALEXANDER KORDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1941.  Alexander Korda Films.  Original Screenplay by Walter Reisch, R.C. Sherriff.  Cinematography by Rudolph Mate.  Produced by Alexander Korda.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Vincent Korda.  Costume Design by Rene Hubert.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck.  Academy Awards 1941.   Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier play Emma Hamilton and Captain Horatio Nelson, who defied their rigid, early…

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The Barefoot Contessa (1954)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Italy, 1954.  Transoceanic Film, Figaro.  Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Robert Haggiag, Angelo Rizzoli.  Music by Mario Nascimbene.  Production Design by Arrigo Equini. Costume Design by Fontana.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck.  Academy Awards 1954.  Golden Globe Awards 1954. Ava Gardner is usually defined by her appearance in this movie,…

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Jungle Book (1942)

BBBB (out of 5) Rudyard Kipling’s most popular story, frequently adapted to film, has its richest and most enjoyable treatment in this wonderful adventure by Zoltan Korda.  Sabu is a delight as Mowgli, the boy raised by wolves after his father is attacked by the evil tiger Shere Khan and he is separated from his…

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The Heiress

BBBBB (out of 5) Much of the narrative and dialogue from Henry James’ novel Washington Square, upon which the play by Augustus and Ruth Goetz and this film were based, have been changed to allow for more outwardly-directed drama as opposed to the novel’s inner subtlety and perception. Olivia de Havilland gives the performance of…

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Giant (1956)

GEORGE STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1956.  George Stevens Productions.  Screenplay by Fred Guiol, Ivan Moffat, based on the novel by Edna Ferber.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor.  Produced by Henry Ginsberg, George Stevens.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin. Production Design by Boris Leven.  Costume Design by Marjorie Best.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck.  Academy Awards 1956.  Golden Globe Awards 1956. One…

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Shane (1953)

GEORGE STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1953.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by A.B. Guthrie Jr., additional dialogue by Jack Sher, based on the novel by Jack Schaefer.  Cinematography by Loyal Griggs.  Produced by George Stevens.  Music by Victor Young.  Production Design by Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck, Tom McAdoo.  Academy Awards 1953.   Jean…

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A Place In The Sun (1951)

GEORGE STEVENS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1951.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Michael Wilson, Harry Brown, based on the play by Patrick Kearney, adapted from the novel An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser.  Cinematography by William C. Mellor.  Produced by George Stevens.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Hans Dreier, Walter H. Tyler.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by…

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A Hole In The Head (1959)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1959.  SinCap Productions.  Screenplay by Arnold Schulman, based on his play.  Cinematography by William H. Daniels.  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by Nelson Riddle.  Production Design by Eddie Imazu.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck.  Academy Awards 1959. Frank Sinatra stars in this enjoyable comedy-drama in the role that he…

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It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

FRANK CAPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1946.  Liberty Films.  Screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, additional scenes by Jo Swerling, from a story by Philip Van Doren Stern.  Cinematography by Joseph F. Biroc, Joseph Walker, Victor Milner.  Produced by Frank Capra.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Jack Okey, William Cameron Menzies.  Costume Design by Edward Stevenson.  Film Editing by…

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Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1959.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Horizon Pictures, Academy Pictures Corporation, Camp Films.  Screenplay by Gore Vidal, Tennessee Williams, based on the play by Tennessee Williams.  Cinematography by Jack Hildyard.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Malcolm Arnold, Buxton Orr.  Production Design by Oliver Messel.  Costume Design by Oliver Messel.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck,…

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