Fitzcarraldo (1982)

WERNER HERZOG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.   West Germany/Peru/South Africa, 1982.  Werner Herzog Filmproduktion, Pro-ject Filmproduktion, Filmverlag der Autoren, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, Wildlife Films Peru.  Screenplay by Werner Herzog.  Cinematography by Thomas Mauch.  Produced by Werner Herzog, Willi Segler, Lucki Stipetic.  Music by Popol Vuh.  Production Design by Ulrich Bergfelder, Henning von Gierke.  Costume Design by Gisela Storch.  Film Editing by Beate…

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The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1966.  The Mirisch Corporation.  Screenplay by William Rose, based on the novel The Off-Islanders by Nathaniel Benchley.  Cinematography by Joseph F. Biroc.  Produced by Norman Jewison.  Music by Johnny Mandel.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle.  Costume Design by Wesley Jeffries.  Film Editing by Hal Ashby, J. Terry Williams.   A Russian submarine traversing the depths…

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Hairspray (1988)

JOHN WATERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1988.  New Line Cinema, Stanley F. Buchthal, Robert Shaye Production.  Screenplay by John Waters.  Cinematography by David Insley.  Produced by Rachel Talalay.  Music by Kenny Vance.  Production Design by Vincent Peranio.  Costume Design by Van Smith.  Film Editing by Janice Hampton.   John Waters’ most popular film is also one of his most thoughtful and entertaining.  Ricki Lake is awkwardly adorable…

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Guess Who (2005)

KEVIN RODNEY SULLIVAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 2005.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Regency Enterprises, 3 Arts Entertainment, Tall Trees Productions, Katalyst Films.  Story by David Ronn, Jay Scherick, Screenplay by David Ronn, Jay Scherick, Peter Tolan, based on the motion picture Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner by William Rose.  Cinematography by Karl Walter Lindenlaub.  Produced by Jason Goldberg.  Music by John…

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The Ladykillers (1955)

ALEXANDER MACKENDRICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1955.  The Rank Organisation, Ealing Studios.  Story and Screenplay by William Rose.  Cinematography by Otto Heller.  Produced by Michael Balcon.  Music by Tristram Cary.  Production Design by Jim Morahan.  Costume Design by Anthony Mendleson.  Film Editing by Jack Harris.   Positively hysterical comedy that makes for one of the very best of the Ealing films made…

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The Secret Of Santa Vittoria (1969)

STANLEY KRAMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1969.  Stanley Kramer Productions.  Screenplay by Ben Maddow, William Rose, based on the novel by Robert Crichton.  Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno.  Produced by Stanley Kramer.  Music by Ernest Gold.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy.  Costume Design by Joe King.  Film Editing by Earle Herdan, William A. Lyon.   The Italian hamlet of Santa Vittoria decides,…

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Genevieve (1953)

HENRY CORNELIUS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1953.  Sirius Productions.  Story and Screenplay by William Rose.  Cinematography by Christopher Challis.  Produced by Henry Cornelius.  Music by Larry Adler.  Production Design by Michael Stringer.  Costume Design by Marjory Cornelius.  Film Editing by Clive Donner.   Whacky, charming comedy about a cross-country race between two Brits driving their antique cars. Genevieve is the name…

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The Ladykillers (2004)

ETHAN COEN, JOEL COEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 2004.  Touchstone Pictures, The Jacobson Company, Mike Zoss Productions.  Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, based on the movie by William Rose.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Tom Jacobson, Barry Josephson, Barry Sonnenfeld.  Music by Carter Burwell. Production Design by Dennis Gassner.  Costume Design by Mary Zophres.  Film…

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Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (1967)

STANLEY KRAMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1967.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by William Rose.  Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.  Produced by Stanley Kramer.  Music by Frank De Vol.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy.  Costume Design by Jean Louis.  Film Editing by Robert C. Jones.   This drama isn’t as newsworthy today as it was in 1967 (though even at the time it was already…

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