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Jacques Rivette on "Le conseil des dix"
Jacques Rivette
Translated and edited by Joseph Coppola

INTRODUCTION

The November 1955 issue of Cahiers du Cinema saw the inauguration of a new heading "Le conseil des dix." Ten contributors rating the films that had been released in the preceding month. A box on the facing page explained in part:

The feature that we introduce in this issue aims to conciliate the subjectivity of our critics (who will continue to be found meanwhile under their customary signatures) with the exhaustivity and objectivity legitimately expected by our readers. Our idea is to propose to ten carefully chosen personalities a list of the principal films released during the month. Each will indicate with a conventional sign whether the film does not merit being seen (bullet), merits being seen only "if one likes that" (one star) , merits being seen (two stars), merits being seen "absolutely" (three stars). If the box is left blank that shows an abstention. Either our correspondent has not seen the film or he waives expressing an opinion.
One of the ten panelists on that first "conseil" was future Cahiers editor and film director Jacques Rivette. Serving also were François Truffaut and Alain Resnais. It would be the first of ninety-six conseils that Rivette would participate on, the being in the month of September 1966. In all Cahiers would convoke "le conseil des dix" one hundred and thirty-eight times before discontinuing it after the May-June 1968 issue.

In July 1963, Rivette would begin his tenure as the editor of Cahiers. A note at the end of the monthly Petit Journal du Cinema feature, which is not credited but most probably written by him, describes le conseil as:

...not a "judgment", a final sentence, beyond appeal, not a flat out judgment but a bit of advice similar to the one that you give to a friend whom you meet in the street who asks you, "What is there that is "must see" right now? And is it really worth seeing?" To which you reply quickly between red lights, "Yes, it is really worth it". Or rather, "if you have nothing else to do and you like that kind of thing". Or even "You'd be better off stating home and watching TV or listening to Webern - that can't hurt you". Or "Go tonight. Cancel your dinner plans or your date with Albertine". The only exception to this rule is the citation 4 stars "masterpiece" - a personal bet on the future, an intimate little pleasure, an ontological, political or phenomenological certainty or all of these at the same time.
The ninety-six conseils that Rivette was part of considered one thousand six hundred and eighty films. What follows here is a record of how Rivette advised. I have tried to list all the films that he rated at three or four stars. Below that I have tried to list all films from directors whose films he was known to have a penchant for (e.g. Robert Aldrich, Nicholas Ray, Robert Mulligan), directors who are usually spoken of as "qualité francaise" (e.g. Claude Autant-Lara, René Clément), and other situations that seemed interesting.

A side note: the "four stars" rating was not begun until late 1956 so all of the listings before that are marked with an (X) in that category.

NOVEMBER '55

Total films rated: 17
4 stars given: (X)
3 stars given: 3
2 stars given: 1
1 star given: 2
Bullet given: 3
Abstained: 8

3 STARS -- Kiss Me, Deadly (Robert Aldrich), Les Mauvaises Rencontres (Alexander Astruc), Run for Cover (Nicholas Ray)

2 STARS -- Les Grandes Manoeuvres (René Clair)

1 STAR -- East of Eden (Elia Kazan), Bad Day at Black Rock (John Sturges)

BULLET -- Death of a Cyclist (J A Bardem), Marty (Delbert Mann), Strategic Air Command (Anthony Mann)

ABSTAIN -- Chiens Perdus sans Collier (Jean Delannoy), The White Shiek (Federico Fellini), Je Suis un Sentimental (John Berry)


DECEMBER '55

Total films rated: 18
4 stars given: (X)
3 stars given: 3
2 stars given: 3
1 star given: 0
Bullet given: 4
Abstained: 8

3 STARS -- Land of the Pharaohs (Howard Hawks), The Blackboard Jungle (Richard Brooks), The Big Knife (Robert Aldrich)

2 STARS -- Man without a Star (King Vidor) Hallelujah (King Vidor), Silver Lode (Allan Dwan)

BULLET -- Les Héros sont Fatigués (Yves Ciampi), Summertime (David Lean), Soldier of Fortune (Edward Dmytryk)


JANUARY '56

Total films rated: 17
4 stars given: (X)
3 stars given: 4
2 stars given: 0
1 star given: 3
Bullet given: 1
Abstained: 9

3 STARS -- To Catch a Thief (Alfred Hitchcock), Lola Montès (Max Ophuls), The Man from Laramie (Anthony Mann) Ordet (Carl Theodore Dreyer)

BULLET -- La Pointe Courte (Agnes Varda)

ABSTAIN -- Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa)


FEBRUARY '56

Total films rated: 16
4 stars given: (X)
3 stars given: 0
2 stars given: 3
1 star given: 2
Bullet given: 6
Abstained: 5

2 STARS -- Senso (Luchino Visconti), House of Bamboo (Sam Fuller), Northwest Passage (King Vidor)

1 STAR -- The Big Combo (Joseph H Lewis), The Tall Men (Raoul Walsh), I Died 1000 Times (Stuart Heisler)

BULLET -- Papa, Maman, ma Femme et Moi... (Jean-Paul Le Chanois), Helen of Troy (Robert Wise), Marguerite de la Nuit (Claude Autant-Lara), The Princess Sen (Kiego Kimura), The Ladykillers (Alexander Mackendrick)


MARCH '56

A note at the bottom of the conseil tableau records a long list, among them Rivette, that "recommend more than warmly" Federico Fellini's "Il Bidone".


APRIL '56

Beneath the conseil table, we are informed that Edgar G Ulmer's "The Naked Dawn" is "recommended warmly" by a group that includes Rivette.


JUNE '56

Rivette among others "recommends" Henri-Georges Clouzot's "Le Mystère Picasso" and he "advises" Otto Preminger's "The Man with the Golden Arm."


JULY '56

Total films rated: 14
4 stars given: (X)
3 stars given: 3
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 2
Bullet given: 2
Abstained: 5

3 STARS -- Mr. Arkadin (Orson Welles), Lifeboat (Alfred Hitchcock), Toni (Jean Renoir)

2 STARS -- Artists and Models (Frank Tashlin), The Lieutenant Wore Skirts (Frank Tashlin)

BULLET -- Smiles of a Summer Night (Ingmar Bergman)

ABSTAIN -- The Gold Rush (Charles Chaplin)


AUGUST-SEPTEMBER '56

Total films rated: 17
4 stars given: (X)
3 stars given: 3
2 stars given: 3
1 star given: 4
Bullet given: 0
Abstained: 7

3 STARS -- It's Always Fair Weather (Stanley Donen / Gene Kelly), Brigadoon (Vincente Minelli), My Sister Eileen (Richard Quine)

2 STARS -- The Revolt of Mamie Stover (Raoul Walsh), The Harder They Fall (Mark Robson), Bob the Gambler (Jean-Pierre Melville)

1 STAR -- Gervaise (René Clément), The Magnificent Matador (Budd Boetticher)

A note at the foot of the table also records that Rivette "recommends" Jean Renoir's "Elena and Her Men"


OCTOBER '56

Total films rated: 15
4 stars given: (X)
3 stars given: 3
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 1
Bullet given: 3
Abstained: 6

3 STARS -- The Last Frontier (Anthony Mann), While the City Sleeps (Fritz Lang), La Peur (Roberto Rossellini)

1 STAR -- The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (Otto Preminger)

BULLET -- Wild Love (Mauro Bolognini), Walk into Paradise (Marcel Pagliero)


JANUARY '57

A note at the foot of the table listed Rivette among those who "recommend" Roger Vadim's "And God... Created Woman"

FEBRUARY '57

Total films rated: 15
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 0
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 2
Bullet given: 5
Abstained: 6

2 STARS -- Hot Blood (Nicholas Ray), Tennessee's Partner (Allan Dwan)

1 STAR -- The Burning Hills (Stuart Heisler), The King and I (Walter Lang)

BULLET -- Lust for Life (Vincente Minelli), The Solid Gold Cadillac (Richard Quine)

ABSTAIN -- Folies-Bergere (Henri Decoin)


MARCH '57

Total films rated: 15
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 1
Bullet given: 2
Abstained: 7

4 STARS -- Bigger Than Life (Nicholas Ray)

3 STARS -- Time in the Sun (Sergei Eisenstein / Gregory Alexandrov) L' Amour a la Ville (sketch film -- various)

2 STARS -- Assassins et Voleurs (Sacha Guitry)


APRIL '57

A note at the bottom of the table informs us that " 'The Wrong Man' by Alfred Hitchcock wins the suffrage of the 'Hitchoockeans' (sic), but you knew that already." Another note informs us that Rivette "recommends most warmly" Frank Tashlin's "The Girl Can't Help It".


JUNE '57

Total films rated: 19
4 stars given: 3
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 3
1 star given: 2
Bullet given: 4
Abstained: 5

4 STARS -- The Girl Can't Help It (Frank Tashlin), The Crucified Lovers (Kenji Mizoguchi), Hollywood or Bust (Frank Tashlin)

3 STARS -- St. Joan (Otto Preminger), The Wrong Man (Alfred Hitchcock)

2 STARS -- Les Trois font la Paire (Sacha Guitry), The Forty-first (Grigory Chukhrai), The Incredible Shrinking Man (Jack Arnold)

1 STAR -- Storm Center (Daniel Taradash)

BULLET -- Celui qui Doit Mourir (Jules Dassin), The Burmese Harp (Kon Ichikawa), The Crucible (Raymond Rouleau)

ABSTAIN -- Around the World in 80 Days (Michael Anderson), Somebody Up There Likes Me (Robert Wise), Le Cas du Dr. Laurent (Jean-Paul Le Chanois)


AUGUST-SEPTEMBER '57

Total films rated: 13
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 1
2 stars given: 1
1 star given: 0
Bullet given: 3
Abstained: 7

4 STARS -- The True Story of Jesse James (Nicholas Ray)

3 STARS -- The Last Hunt (Richard Brooks)

2 STARS -- Seven Men from Now (Budd Boetticher)


OCTOBER '57

Total films rated: 16
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 0
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 3
Bullet given: 4
Abstained: 7

2 STARS -- Twelve Angry Men (Sidney Lumet), Abandon Ship (Richard Sale)

1 STAR -- Oklahoma (Fred Zinneman)

BULLET -- Island in the Sun (Robert Rossen), Oeil pour Oeil (André Cayatte)


NOVEMBER '57

Total films rated: 17
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 4
2 stars given: 1
1 star given: 2
Bullet given: 2
Abstained: 7

4 STARS -- Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (Fritz Lang)

3 STARS -- Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (Frank Tashlin), A Face in the Crowd (Elia Kazan), The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (Luis Bunuel), An Affair to Remember (Leo McCarey)

2 STARS -- Nights of Cabiria (Federico Fellini)

1 STAR -- Portes des Lilas (René Clair), The Wings of Eagles (John Ford)

BULLET -- La Casa del Angel (Leopoldo Torre Nillson), Les Espions (Henri-Georges Clouzot)


DECEMBER '57

Total films rated: 16
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 3
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 0
Bullet given: 2
Abstained: 8

4 STARS -- A King in New York (Charles Chaplin)

3 STARS -- Sawdust and Tinsel (Ingmar Bergman), Toute la Mémoire du Monde (Alain Resnais), Street of Shame (Kenji Mizoguchi)

2 STARS -- Les Matres Fous (Jean Rouch), Mister Cory (Blake Edwards)


JANUARY '58

Total films rated: 17
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 3
2 stars given: 0
1 star given: 2
Bullet given: 4
Abstained: 8

3 STARS -- Fear Strikes Out (Robert Mulligan), Aparajito (Satyajit Ray), Bitter Victory (Nicholas Ray)

1 STAR -- A Hatful of Rain (Fred Zinneman), The Sun Also Rises (Henry King) The Pride and the Passion (Stanley Kramer)


MARCH '58

Total films rated: 17
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 3
1 star given: 4
Bullet given: 4
Abstained: 3

4 STARS -- You Only Live Once (Fritz Lang)

3 STARS -- No Down Payment (Martin Ritt), The Tin Star (Anthony Mann)

2 STARS -- Kiss Them for Me (Stanley Donen), Interlude (Douglas Sirk), The Wayward Bus (Victor Vicas)

1 STAR -- Witness for the Prosecution (Billy Wilder), Pal Joey (George Sidney)


APRIL '58

Total films rated: 14
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 1
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 3
Bullet given: 3
Abstained: 4

4 STARS -- Bonjour Tristesse (Otto Preminger)

3 STARS -- Something of Value (Richard Brooks)

2 STARS -- Le Temps des Oeufs Durs (Norbert Carbonnaux), The Garment Jungle (Vincent Sherman)

1 STAR -- Kanal (Andrzej Wajda)

BULLET -- A Farewell to Arms (Charles Vidor), Sayonara (Joshua Logan), Peyton Place (Mark Robson)


MAY '58

Total films rated: 14
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 3
1 star given: 4
Bullet given: 3
Abstained: 1

4 STARS -- The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman)

3 STARS -- Les Girls (George Cukor), Montparnasse 19 (Jacques Becker)

2 STARS -- Le Chatte (Henri Decoin), Juvenile Jungle (Ko Nakahira)

BULLET -- The Young Lions (Edward Dmytryk), The Brothers Rico (Phil Karlson)


JUNE '58

Total films rated: 12
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 1
1 star given: 3
Bullet given: 4
Abstained: 1

4 STARS -- White Nights (Luchino Visconti)

3 STARS -- Illicit Interlude (Ingmar Bergman), The Pajama Game (George Abbott/Stanley Donen)

2 STARS -- This Angry Age (René Clement)

1 STAR -- Mon Oncle (Jacques Tati), The Brothers Karamazov (Richard Brooks)


JULY '58

Total films rated: 11
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 1
2 stars given: 1
1 star given: 3
Bullet given: 2
Abstained: 3

4 STARS -- Touch of Evil (Orson Welles)

3 STARS -- Baby Face Nelson (Don Siegel)

2 STARS -- L'Eau Vive (François Villiers)

1 STAR -- The Cranes Are Flying (Mikhail Kalatozov), The Long, Hot Summer (Martin Ritt), Gideon of Scotland Yard (John Ford)


AUGUST '58

Total films rated: 11
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 1
2 stars given: 1
1 star given: 4
Bullet given: 2
Abstained: 3

3 STARS -- The Quiet American (Joseph L. Mankiewicz)

2 STARS -- Legend of the Lost (Henry Hathaway)

1 STAR -- Jet Pilot (Joseph von Sternberg), The Cobweb (Vincente Minelli), Tea and Sympathy (Vincente Minelli), From Hell to Texas (Henry Hathaway)

BULLET -- Edge of the City (Martin Ritt), The Buster Keaton Story (Sidney Sheldon)

ABSTAIN -- The Delicate Delinquent (Don McGuire)


NOVEMBER '58

Total films rated: 19
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 3
2 stars given: 3
1 star given: 6
Bullet given: 3
Abstained: 3

4 STARS -- The Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir)

3 STARS -- Dreams (Ingmar Bergman), The Left-Handed Gun (Arthur Penn), The Goddess (John Cromwell)

2 STARS -- Une Vie (Alexander Astruc), Tarnished Angels (Douglas Sirk), La Vie à Deux (Clement Duhour)

1 STAR -- En Cas du Malheur (Claude Autant-Lara), Les Tricheurs (Marcel Carné), God's Little Acre (Anthony Mann)

BULLET -- Desire Under the Elms (Delbert Mann)


JANUARY '59

Total films rated: 20
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 3
2 stars given: 5
1 star given: 6
Bullet given: 5
Abstained: 1

3 STARS -- Dreams (Ingmar Bergman), Secrets of Women (Ingmar Bergman), Les Mistons (François Truffaut)

2 STARS -- Il Grido (Michelangelo Antonioni), Indiscreet (Stanley Donen), Lettre de Sibéria (Chris Marker), Rising of the Moon (John Ford)

1 STAR -- Les Amants (Louis Malle), The Horse's Mouth (Ronald Neame)

BULLET -- Le Jouer (Claude Autant-Lara), The Barbarian and the Geisha (John Huston)

ABSTAIN -- Les Fils de L'Eau (Jean Rouch)


FEBRUARY '59

Total films rated: 12
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 0
2 stars given: 4
1 star given: 1
Bullet given: 4
Abstained: 2

4 STARS -- Man of the West (Anthony Mann)

2 STARS -- The Last Hurrah (John Ford), The Vikings (Richard Fleischer), South Pacific (Joshua Logan)

1 STAR -- The Roots of Heaven (John Huston)


MARCH '59

Total films rated: 14
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 3
2 stars given: 3
1 star given: 2
Bullet given: 5
Abstained: 0

4 STARS -- Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock)

3 STARS -- Les Rendez-vous du Diable (Haroun Tazieff), A Time to Love and a Time to Die (Douglas Sirk), Run of the Arrow (Sam Fuller)

2 STARS -- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Richard Brooks)

BULLET -- Raintree County (Edward Dmytryk), La Loi (Jules Dassin), The Defiant Ones (Stanley Kramer)


APRIL '59

Total films rated: 14
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 1
2 stars given: 1
1 star given: 1
Bullet given: 10
Abstained: 0

4 STARS -- Brink of Life (Ingmar Bergman)

3 STARS -- Le Beau Serge (Claude Chabrol)

BULLET -- Gigi (Vincente Minelli), Guingette (Jean Delannoy), Le Petit Prof' (Carlo Rim), La Femme et le Pantin (Julien Duvivier), The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (Mark Robson), Separate Tables (Delbert Mann), The Philosopher's Stone (Satyajit Ray)


MAY '59

Total films rated: 21
4 stars given: 2
3 stars given: 5
2 stars given: 3
1 star given: 5
Bullet given: 5
Abstained: 1

4 STARS -- Ivan the Terrible (Sergei Eisenstein), Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi)

3 STARS -- Les Cousins (Claude Chabrol), Moi, un Noir (Jean Rouch), Wind Across the Everglades (Nicholas Ray), Head Against the Wall (Georges Franju), The Devil's Wanton (Ingmar Bergman)

1 STAR -- Bell, Book and Candle (Richard Quine)

BULLET -- The Big Country (William Wyler)


JUNE '59

Total films rated: 14
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 5
1 star given: 1
Bullet given: 6
Abstained: 0

3 STARS -- Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman), Goha (Jacques Baratier)

2 STARS -- Rock-a-Bye, Baby (Frank Tashlin), Tripes au Soleil (Claude Bernard-Aubert), I Want to Live (Robert Wise), Auntie Mame (Morton DaCosta)

1 STAR -- Les Draguers (Jean-Pierre Mocky)

BULLET -- Marie-Octobre (Julien Duvivier), The Black Orchid (Martin Ritt), The Proud Rebel (Michael Curtiz)


JULY '59

Total films rated: 14
4 stars given: 2
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 3
Bullet given: 5
Abstained: 0

4 STARS -- Hiroshima, Mon Amour (Alain Resnais), The 400 Blows (François Truffaut)

3 STARS -- Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks), Middle of the Night (Delbert Mann)

2 STARS -- Some Came Running (Vincente Minelli), The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (Karel Zeman)

1 STAR -- The Fly (Kurt Neumann)

BULLET -- The Sound and the Fury (Martin Ritt), Compulsion (Richard Fleischer), Room at the Top (Jack Clayton)


AUGUST '59

Total films rated: 14
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 0
2 stars given: 3
1 star given: 4
Bullet given: 4
Abstained: 2

4 STARS -- The Empress Yang Kwei Fei (Kenji Mizoguchi)

2 STARS -- Buchanan Rides Alone (Budd Boeticcher), The Last Mile (Howard W Koch), The Warrior and the Slave Girl (Vittorio Cottafavi)

1 STAR -- Black Orpheus (Marcel Camus), Al Capone (Richard Wilson), Pork Chop Hill (Lewis Milestone)


SEPTEMBER '59

Total films rated: 12
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 1
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 1
Bullet given: 4
Abstained: 3

4 STARS -- Hindu Tiger (Fritz Lang)

3 STARS -- Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys (Leo McCarey)

2 STARS -- Tiger of Bengal (Fritz Lang)


OCTOBER '59

Total films rated: 18
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 3
1 star given: 4
Bullet given: 9
Abstained: 0

3 STARS -- Trial (Mark Robson), Ten Seconds to Hell (Robert Aldrich)

2 STARS -- Hot Summer Night (David Friedkin), Double Agents (Robert Hossein), Big Deal on Madonna Street (Mario Monicelli)

1 STAR -- Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (Edward Cline), Diary of Anne Frank (George Stevens), Westbound (Budd Boeticcher)

BULLET -- Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Roger Vadim), Babette Goes to War (Christian-Jaque)


NOVEMBER '59

Total films rated: 14
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 4
Bullet given: 2
Abstained: 3

4 STARS -- Anatomy of a Murder (Otto Preminger)

3 STARS -- Some Like it Hot (Billy Wilder), The Horse Soldiers (John Ford)

2 STARS -- Ossessione (Luchino Visconti), Two Men in Manhattan (Jean-Pierre Melville)

1 STAR -- The Magician (Ingmar Bergman), Destiny of a Man (Segei Bondarchuk)

ABSTAIN -- L'Ambiteuse (Yves Allegret)


DECEMBER '59

Total films rated: 15
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 1
1 star given: 3
Bullet given: 4
Abstained: 4

4 STARS -- Dejeuner sur L'Herbe (Jean Renoir)

3 STARS -- General Della Rovere (Roberto Rossellini), North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock)

2 STARS -- The Buccaneer (Anthony Quinn)

1 STAR -- Diamonds and Ashes (Andrjez Wajda), A Hole in the Head (Frank Capra), They Came to Cordura (Robert Rossen)

BULLET -- La Jument Verte (Claude Autant-Lara)


JANUARY '60

Total films rated: 13
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 0
2 stars given: 3
1 star given: 3
Bullet given: 4
Abstained: 2

4 STARS -- Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)

2 STARS -- Double Tour (Claude Chabrol), Fra Diavolo (Hal Roach/Charley Rogers), A Lesson in Love(Ingmar Bergman)

1 STAR -- The Mysterians (Ishiro Honda)


FEBRUARY '60

Total films rated: 14
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 0
2 stars given: 4
1 star given: 3
Bullet given: 3
Abstained: 3

4 STARS -- Pickpocket (Robert Bresson)

2 STARS -- The Geisha Boy (Frank Tashlin), Republic of Sin (Luis Buuel)

BULLET -- On the Beach (Stanley Kramer), Solomon and Sheba (King Vidor)


MARCH '60

Total films rated: 19
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 1
2 stars given: 1
1 star given: 7
Bullet given: 4
Abstained: 6

3 STARS -- Le Bel Age (Pierre Kast)

2 STARS -- The Wonderful Country (Robert Parrish)

1 STAR -- The Angry Hills (Robert Aldrich), L'Eau à la Bouche (Jacques Donoil-Valcroze), Odds Against Tomorrow (Robert Wise), The Devil's Disciple (Guy Hamilton)

BULLET -- Last Train from Gun Hill (John Sturges), I Accuse! (José Ferrer)


APRIL '60

Total films rated: 17
4 stars given: 2
3 stars given: 0
2 stars given: 0
1 star given: 6
Bullet given: 6
Abstained: 3

4 STARS -- The Testament of Orpheus (Jean Cocteau), Eyes Without a Face (Georges Franju)

1 STAR -- Our Man in Havana (Carol Reed)


MAY '60

Total films rated: 17
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 3
2 stars given: 1
1 star given: 2
Bullet given: 5
Abstained: 5

4 STARS -- Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard)

3 STARS -- Moonfleet (Fritz Lang), Party Girl (Nicholas Ray), Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray)

2 STARS -- Le Trou (Jacques Becker)

1 STAR -- Plein Soleil (René Clément), Operation Petticoat (Blake Edwards)

BULLET -- Suddenly, Last Summer (Joseph L Mankiewiecz), Classe Tout Risque (Claude Sautet), La Chatte Sort Ses Griffes (Henri Decoin)


JUNE '60

Total films rated: 17
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 3
2 stars given: 5
1 star given: 3
Bullet given: 4
Abstained: 2

3 STARS -- Les Bonnes Femmes (Claude Chabrol), Verboten! (Sam Fuller), Give a Girl a Break (Stanley Donen)

2 STARS -- La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini), Les Scélérats (Robert Hossein), Marche ou Crève (George Lautner), Les Régates de San Francisco (Claude Autant-Lara), Once More, with Feeling! (Stanley Donen)

1 STAR -- Jazz on a Summer Day (Bert Stern/Aram Avakian)

BULLET -- Tendre et Violente Elisabeth (Henri Decoin), On N'enterre Pas le Dimanche (Michel Drach)

ABSTAIN -- Le Baron de L'Ecluse (Jean Delannoy)


JULY '60

Total films rated: 18
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 1
2 stars given: 4
1 star given: 8
Bullet given: 5
Abstained: 1

3 STARS -- That Kind of Woman (Sidney Lumet)

2 STARS -- Time Without Pity (Joseph Losey), The Bank Dick (Edward F Cline), Les Jeux de L'Amour (Philippe de Broca), The Young Stranger (John Frankenheimer)

1 STAR -- Never on Sunday (Jules Dassin), Sons and Lovers (Jack Cardiff), Edge of Eternity (Don Siegel)

BULLET -- Moderato Cantabile (Peter Brook)


AUGUST '60

Total films rated: 16
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 0
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 4
Bullet given: 8
Abstained: 2

2 STARS -- L'Amerique Insolite (François Reichenbach), Private Property (Leslie Stevens)

1 STAR -- Austerlitz (Abel Gance)

BULLET -- Ballad of a Soldier (Grigory Chukhrai), Never So Few (John Sturges), A Summer Place (Delmer Daves)


SEPTEMBER '60

Total films rated: 16
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 1
2 stars given: 1
1 star given: 5
Bullet given: 5
Abstained: 4

3 STARS -- Legions of the Nile (Vittorio Cottafavi)

2 STARS -- When Comedy Was King (Robert Youngson)

BULLET -- Gestapo Contre X (Frédéric Dard), The Tunnel of Love (Gene Kelly), The High Life (Julien Duvivier)


OCTOBER '60

Total films rated: 19
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 0
2 stars given: 4
1 star given: 3
Bullet given: 8
Abstained: 3

4 STARS -- Poem of the Sea (Alexander Dovzhenko/Julia Solntseva)

2 STARS -- The Savage Innocents (Nicholas Ray), The Unforgiven (John Huston), Deep in My Heart (Stanley Donen), A Terrible Beauty (Tay Garnett)

BULLET -- Le Bois des Amants (Claude Autant-Lara)


NOVEMBER '60

Total films rated: 19
4 stars given: 2
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 3
1 star given: 3
Bullet given: 4
Abstained: 5

4 STARS -- Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi), L'Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni)

3 STARS -- Heller in Pink Tights (George Cukor), Lady without Camellias (Michelangelo Antonioni), Let's Make Love (George Cukor)

2 STARS -- The Apartment (Billy Wilder), Strangers When We Meet (Richard Quine)

1 STAR -- Crésus (Jean Giono), Kagi (Kon Ichikawa)

BULLET -- La Francaise et L'Amour (various)

ABSTAIN -- Peeping Tom (Michael Powell)


DECEMBER '60

Total films rated: 19
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 4
1 star given: 1
Bullet given: 10
Abstained: 2

3 STARS -- Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock), Sergeant Rutledge (John Ford)

2 STARS -- The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (Budd Boeticcher), Le Passage du Rhin (André Cayatte), Murder by Contract (Irving Lerner), Goliath and the Dragon (Vittorio Cottafavi)

BULLET -- Zazie on the Metro (Louis Malle), La Verité (Henri-Georges Clouzot), Look Back in Anger (Tony Richardson), From the Terrace (Mark Robson)


JANUARY '61

Total films rated: 18
4 stars given: 2
3 stars given: 1
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 7
Bullet given: 5
Abstained: 1

4 STARS -- Shoot the Piano Player (François Truffaut), Nazarin (Luis Bunuel)

3 STARS -- Mein Kampf (Erwin Leiser)

1 STAR -- The Virgin Spring (Ingmar Bergman)

BULLET -- Boulevard (Julien Duvivier), Terrain Vague (Marcel Carné)


FEBRUARY '61

Total films rated: 15
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 0
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 5
Bullet given: 6
Abstained: 2

2 STARS -- The Alamo (John Wayne)

1 STAR -- Bells Are Ringing (Vincente Minelli)

BULLET -- Don't Give Up the Ship (Norman Taurog), Chien de Pique (Yves Allegret)


MARCH '61

Total films rated: 20
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 0
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 9
Bullet given: 7
Abstained: 2

2 STARS -- Chance Meeting (Joseph Losey), The Lady with the Dog (Josef Heifitz)

1 STAR -- La Farceur (Phillipe de Broca), The Magnificent Seven (John Sturges), Inherit the Wind (Stranger Kramer)

BULLET -- Murder Inc. (Burt Balaban/Stuart Rosenberg), The Fygitive Kind (Sidney Lumet)

ABSTAIN -- Tunes of Glory (Ronald Neame)


APRIL '61

Total films rated: 20
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 1
2 stars given: 5
1 star given: 5
Bullet given: 6
Abstained: 2

4 STARS -- La Notte (Luchino Visconti)

3 STARS -- Lola (Jacques Demy)

2 STARS -- North to Alaska (Henry Hathaway), Les Laches Vivent d'Espoir (Claude Bernard-Aubert)

1 STAR -- Nobi (Kon Ichikawa), Kismet (Vincente Minelli)

BULLET -- L'Amant de Cinq Jours (Phillipe de Broca), BUtterfield 8 (Daniel Mann)


MAY '61

Total films rated: 18
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 3
1 star given: 6
Bullet given: 5
Abstained: 1

4 STARS -- Rocco and his Brothers (Luchino Visconti)

3 STARS -- Les Godelureaux (Claude Chabrol), Where is Freedom (Roberto Rossellini)

2 STARS -- The Great Imposter (Robert Mulligan)

1 STAR -- The Concrete Jungle (Joseph Losey), Cimarron (Anthony Mann)

BULLET -- Le Propre de L'Homme (Claude Lelouch), Sanctuary (Tony Richardson), Until They Sail (Robert Wise)

ABSTAIN -- La Princess de Cleves (Jean Delannoy)


JUNE '61

Total films rated: 17
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 4
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 2
Bullet given: 5
Abstained: 3

4 STARS -- The Sacrilegious Hero (Kenji Mizoguchi)

3 STARS -- Bellissima (Luchino Visconti), La Pyramid Humaine (Jean Rouch) Description d'un Combat (Chris Marker), Thirst (Ingmar Bergman)

2 STARS -- La Proie pour L'Ombre (Alexandre Astruc), Pick-Up on South Street (Sam Fuller)

1 STAR -- Shadows (John Cassavetes), The Misfits (John Huston)

BULLET -- Kap (Gillo Pontecorvo), Vive Henri IV (Claude Autant-Lara), La Bride sur la Cou (Roger Vadim/ J D Trop/ Jean Aurel)

ABSTAIN -- The Entertainer (Tony Richardson)


JULY '61

Total films rated: 19
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 1
1 star given: 5
Bullet given: 5
Abstained: 6

3 STARS -- Elmer Gantry (Richard Brooks), Exodus (Otto Preminger)

2 STARS -- The Savage Eye (Ben Maddow/ Joseph Strick/ Sidney Meyers)

1 STAR -- Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Karel Riesz), Home from the Hill (Vincente Minelli)

BULLET -- Une Aussi Longue Abscence (Henri Colpi)

ABSTAIN -- Two Women (Vittorio de Sica)


AUGUST '61

Total films rated: 18
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 1
2 stars given: 3
1 star given: 3
Bullet given: 7
Abstained: 4

3 STARS -- The Diabolical Dr. Mabuse (Fritz Lang)

2 STARS -- St-Tropez Blues (Marcel Moussy), The Bellboy (Jerry Lewis), Hoodlum Priest (Irvin Kershner)

1 STAR -- A Raisin in the Sun (Daniel Petrie), Joan of the Angels (Jerzy Kawalerowicz)

BULLET -- Stray Dog (Akira Kurosawa)


SEPTEMBER '61

Total films rated: 18
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 1
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 5
Bullet given: 7
Abstained: 3

3 STARS -- The Young One (Luis Buuel)

2 STARS -- Era Notte a Roma (Roberto Rossellini), Esther and the King (Raoul Walsh/Mario Bava)

1 STAR -- The Rat Race (Robert Mulligan)

BULLET -- This Could be the Night (Robert Wise)


OCTOBER '61

Total films rated: 18
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 1
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 5
Bullet given: 6
Abstained: 4

3 STARS -- Morte Saison des Amours (Pierre Kast)

2 STARS -- Le Monocle Noir (Georges Lautner), Underworld USA (Sam Fuller)

1 STAR -- Ocean's 11 (Lewis Milestone), The Young Savages (John Frankenheimer)

BULLET -- La Fille aux Yeux D'Or (Jean-Gabriel Albicocco) L'Atlantide (Edgar Ulmer)


NOVEMBER '61

Total films rated: 20
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 4
1 star given: 3
Bullet given: 5
Abstained: 5

4 STARS -- A Woman Is a Woman (Jean-Luc Godard)

3 STARS -- Au Prix de sa Vie (Mark Donskoy), Last year at Marienbad (Alain Resnais)

2 STARS -- Ce Soir ou Jamais (Michel Deville), Leon Morin, Pretre (Jean-Pierre Melville)

1 STAR -- Spartacus (Stanley Kubrick), You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (George Marshall)

BULLET -- The Guns of Navarone (J Lee Thompson)


DECEMBER '61

Total films rated: 18
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 1
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 4
Bullet given: 4
Abstained: 7

3 STARS -- Two Rode Together (John Ford)

2 STARS -- L'Enclos (Armand Gatti), Chronique d'un été (Edgar Morin/Jean Rouch)

1 STAR -- One-Eyed Jack (Marlon Brando), Flaming Star (DonSiegel), Wild in the Country (Phillip Dunne)

BULLET -- Tout l'Or du Monde (René Clair), Return to Peyton Place (José Ferrer)

ABSTAIN -- Le Rendez-vous (Jean Delannoy)


MARCH '62

Total films rated: 16
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 1
2 stars given: 4
1 star given: 2
Bullet given: 7
Abstained: 1

4 STARS -- Jules and Jim (François Truffaut)

3 STARS -- The Hustler (Robert Rossen)

2 STARS -- Lady for a Day (Frank Capra), Breakfast at Tiffany's (Blake Edwards)

BULLET -- The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Vincente Minelli), A View from the Bridge (Sidney Lumet)


APRIL '62

Total films rated: 17
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 0
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 4
Bullet given: 5
Abstained: 6

2 STARS -- Adorable Menteuse(Michel Deville), Hercules and the Conquest of Atlantis (Vittorio Cottafavi)

1 STAR -- The Last Sunset (Robert Aldrich), King of Kings (Nicholas Ray)

BULLET -- Vie Privée (Louis Malle)


MAY '62

Total films rated: 18
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 3
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 6
Bullet given: 6
Abstained: 0

4 STARS -- Splendor in the Grass (Elia Kazan)

3 STARS -- The Seven Deadly Sins-- sketch "Lust" (Jacques Demy), The Seven Deadly Sins-- sketch "Sloth" (Jean-Luc Godard), West Side Story (Robert Wise/Jerome Robbins)

2 STARS -- The Seven Deadly Sins-- sketch "Greed" (Claude Chabrol)

1 STAR -- The Seven Deadly Sins-"Envy" sketch (Edouard Molinaro), Cartouche (Philippe de Broca), Fanny (Joshua Logan), Lover Come Back (Delbert Mann)

BULLET -- One, Two, Three (Billy Wilder), Sergeants 3 (John Sturges)


June '62

Total films rated: 16
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 4
Bullet given: 6
Abstained: 1

4 STARS -- Viridiana (Luis Bunuel)

3 STARS -- Cleo from 5 to 7 (Agnes Varda), Too Late Blues (John Cassavetes)

2 STARS -- The Ladies Man (Jerry Lewis), Accatone (Pier Paolo Pasolini)

1 STAR -- La Chambre Ardente (Julien Duvivier)


JULY '62

Total films rated: 19
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 7
Bullet given: 7
Abstained: 0

4 STARS -- Wild River (Elia Kazan)

3 STARS -- Le Caporal épinglé (Jean Renoir), Le Signe du Lion (Eric Rohmer)

2 STARS -- Oeil du Malin (Claude Chabrol)

1 STAR -- Merrill's Marauders (Sam Fuller), The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (José Quintero), Phaedra (Jules Dassin)

BULLET -- The Innocents (Jack Clayton), The Children's Hour (William Wyler)


AUGUST '62

Total films rated: 21
4 stars given: 2
3 stars given: 3
2 stars given: 4
1 star given: 7
Bullet given: 4
Abstained: 1

4 STARS -- The General (Clyde Bruckman/Buster Keaton), Vanina Vanini (Roberto Rossellini)

3 STARS -- Rendez-vous de Minuit (Roger Leenhardt), Love at Twenty (Andrjez Wajda and François Truffaut sketches)

2 STARS -- Harold Lloyd's World of Comedy (Harold Lloyd), Une Grosse Tte (Claude de Givray)

1 STAR -- Killer's Kiss (Stanley Kubrick), Divorce - Italian Style (Pietro Germi)

ABSTAIN -- Le Coeur Battant (Jacques Donoil-Valcroze)


OCTOBER '62

Total films rated: 20
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 5
1 star given: 6
Bullet given: 5
Abstained: 1

4 STARS -- Chronicle of Flaming Years(Julia Solntseva)

3 STARS -- L'Eclisse (Michelangelo Antonioni), Boccacio '70 -- sketch (Luchino Visconti)

2 STARS -- Machine-Gun Kelly (Roger Corman)

1 STAR -- Bonne Chance Charlie (Jean-Louis Richard), Mondo Cane (Paolo Cavara/Gualtero Jacopetti/Franco Prosperi)

BULLET -- Boccacio '70 -- sketch (Federico Fellini)


NOVEMBER '62

Total films rated: 19
4 stars given: 2
3 stars given: 3
2 stars given: 4
1 star given: 3
Bullet given: 5
Abstained: 2

4 STARS -- Vivre sa Vie (Jean-Luc Godard), Through a Glass Darkly (Ingmar Bergman)

3 STARS -- The Man Who Killed Liberty Valance (John Ford), Therese Desqueyroux (Georges Franju), Eva (Joseph Losey)

2 STARS -- Advise and Consent (Otto Preminger), L'éducation Sentimentale (Alexandre Astruc)

BULLET -- The Devil and the Ten Commandments (Julien Duvivier), That Touch of Mink (Delbert Mann)


DECEMBER '62

Total films rated: 19
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 1
1 star given: 5
Bullet given: 6
Abstained: 2

3 STARS -- Ride the High Country (Sam Peckinpaugh), Sweet Bird of Youth (Richard Brooks)

2 STARS -- The Longest Day (Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernard Wicki)

1 STAR -- Birdman of Alcatraz (John Frankenheimer), Cape Fear (J Lee Thompson)

BULLET -- Electra (Michael Cacoyannis)


JANUARY '63

Total films rated: 17
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 1
2 stars given: 1
1 star given: 6
Bullet given: 3
Abstained: 5

4 STARS -- The Miracle Worker (Arthur Penn)

3 STARS -- Lolita (Stanley Kubrick)

2 STARS -- How the West Was Won (John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall)

1 STAR -- Billy Budd (Peter Ustinov), L'Oeil du Monocle (Georges Lautner), Sodom and Gomorrah (Robert Aldrich), The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer)


FEBRUARY '63

Total films rated: 17
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 1
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 6
Bullet given: 2
Abstained: 4

4 STARS -- Hatari (Howard Hawks)

3 STARS -- I Vinti (Michelangelo Antonioni)

2 STARS -- The Trial (Orson Welles)

1 STAR -- Mandrin (Jean-Paul Le Chanois) Mutiny on the Bounty (Lewis Milestone), Les Quatre Verities-- sketch (René Clair)

BULLET -- Five Miles to Midnight (Anatole Litvak)


MARCH '63

Total films rated: 14
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 2
Bullet given: 3
Abstained: 4

4 STARS -- Le Petit Soldat (Jean-Luc Godard)

3 STARS -- Landru (Claude Chabrol), Bandits a Orgosolo (Vittorio de Seta)

2 STARS -- Il Posto (Ermanno Olmi), The Errand Boy (Jerry Lewis)

1 STAR -- Le Muetrier (Claude Autant-Lara)

BULLET -- The Sword and the Balance (André Cayatte)


APRIL '63

Total films rated: 14
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 4
Bullet given: 2
Abstained: 2

3 STARS -- 14-18 (Jean Aurel), Bay of Angels (Jacques Demy)

2 STARS -- Salvatore Giuliano (Francesco Rosi), Le Soupirant (Pierre Étaix)

1 STAR -- Ophelia (Claude Chabrol), The War Lover (Phillip Leacock)


MAY '63

Total films rated: 17
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 0
2 stars given: 4
1 star given: 7
Bullet given: 5
Abstained: 0

4 STARS -- Trial of Joan of Arc (Robert Bresson)

2 STARS -- A Taste of Honey (Tony Richardson), It's Only Money (Frank Tashlin), All Fall Down (John Frankenheimer)

1 STAR -- Two for the Seesaw (Robert Wise), Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean), Dr. No (Terence Young)

BULLET -- Melodie en Sous-Sol (Henri Verneuil), Le Jour et L'Heure (René Clément), L'Immortelle (Alain Robbe-Grillet)


JUNE '63

Total films rated: 15
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 1
1 star given: 6
Bullet given: 5
Abstained: 0

4 STARS -- The Exterminating Angel (Luis Bunuel)

3 STARS -- Knife in the Water (Roman Polanski) Les Abysses (Nico Papatakis)

2 STARS -- Le Joli Mai (Chris Marker)

1 STAR -- Mourir a Madrid (Frédéric Rossif), Requiem for a Heavyweight (Ralph Nelson), Tall Story (Joshua Logan)


JULY '63

Total films rated: 20
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 4
1 star given: 8
Bullet given: 4
Abstained: 1

4 STARS -- Les Carabiniers (Jean-Luc Godard)

3 STARS -- 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini), Nine Days (Mikhail Romm)

2 STARS -- Tu Ne Tueras Point (Claude Autant-Lara), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (Robert Aldrich)

1 STAR -- This Sporting Life (Lindsay Anderson), The Bathhouse (Sergei Yutkevich), To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan)

BULLET -- 55 Days to Peking (Nicholas Ray)


AUGUST '63

Total films rated: 15
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 1
2 stars given: 3
1 star given: 5
Bullet given: 2
Abstained: 4

3 STARS -- Wuthering Heights (Luis Bunuel)

2 STARS -- Il Sorpaso (Dino Risi)

1 STAR -- The Leopard (Luchino Visconti), Two Weeks in Another Town (Vincente Minelli)


SEPTEMBER '63

Total films rated: 17
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 3
Bullet given: 4
Abstained: 5

4 STARS -- The Chapman Report (George Cukor)

3 STARS -- Marilyn (Harold Medford), Hitler, Connais Pas (Bertrand Blier)

2 STARS -- Something Wild (Jack Garfein), Bachelor Flat (Frank Tashlin)

1 STAR -- Harikari (Masaki Kobayashi)

BULLET -- The List of Adrian Messenger (John Huston)


OCTOBER '63

Total films rated: 18
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 1
2 stars given: 3
1 star given: 8
Bullet given: 3
Abstained: 2

4 STARS -- The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock)

3 STARS -- Cuba Si (Chris Marker)

1 STAR -- The Man from the Diners Club (Frank Tashlin), The Great Escape (John Sturges)

BULLET -- PT-109 (Leslie Martinson), A Gathering of Eagles (Delbert Mann)


NOVEMBER '63

Total films rated: 18
4 stars given: 2
3 stars given: 3
2 stars given: 1
1 star given: 4
Bullet given: 4
Abstained: 4

4 STARS -- Adieu Philippine (Jacques Rozier), Muriel (Alain Resnais)

3 STARS -- Donovan's Reef (John Ford), Vacances Portugaises (Pierre Kast), Irma La Douce (Billy Wilder)

2 STARS -- Le Magot de Joséfa (Claude Autant-Lara)

1 STAR -- Le Feu Follet (Louis Malle), Hud (Martin Ritt), All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk)

BULLET -- L'Aine des Ferchaux (Jean-Pierre Melville), Codine (Henri Colpi), Germinal (Yves Allegret)


DECEMBER '63 - JANUARY '64

Total films rated: 21
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 1
2 stars given: 4
1 star given: 5
Bullet given: 6
Abstained: 4

4 STARS -- The Nutty Professor (Jerry Lewis)

3 STARS -- The Swedish Mistress (Vilgot Sjöman)

2 STARS -- Hands Over the City (Francesco Rosi), Hallelujah the Hills (Ed Emshwiller/Adolfas Mekas), The World of Apu (Satyajit Ray)

1 STAR -- Journal Intime (Valerio Zurlini), My Name Is Ivan (Andrei Tarkovsky), Peau de Banane (Marcel Ophuls)

BULLET -- Cleopatra (Joseph L Mankiewicz), The Condemned of Altoona (Vittorio de Sica), Chair de Poule (Julien Duvivier)


FEBRUARY '64

Total films rated: 18
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 0
2 stars given: 3
1 star given: 3
Bullet given: 6
Abstained: 5

4 STARS -- Contempt (Jean-Luc Godard)

2 STARS -- It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World (Stanley Kramer), Charade (Stanley Donen)

1 STAR -- Les Tonton Flingueurs (Georges Lautner), The Cardinal (Otto Preminger)

BULLET -- The Balcony (Joseph Strick), Tom Jones (Tony Richardson)


MARCH '64

Total films rated: 20
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 8
Bullet given: 1
Abstained: 7

3 STARS -- Judex (Georges Franju), Bye-Bye Birdie (George Sidney)

1 STAR -- La Vie Conjugale (André Cayatte)

BULLET -- Kings of the Sun (J Lee Thompson)


APRIL '64

Total films rated: 22
4 stars given: 2
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 2
1 star given: 9
Bullet given: 5
Abstained: 2

4 STARS -- The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy), Diary of a Chambermaid (Luis Bunuel)

3 STARS -- Gordeyev Family (Mark Donskoy), Light in the Piazza (Guy Green)

2 STARS -- The Pink Panther (Blake Edwards)

1 STAR -- Night Train (Jerzy Kawalerowicz), That Man from Rio (Philippe de Broca), Le Tulip Noire (Christian-Jaque), The Haunting (Robert Wise)

BULLET -- The Victors (Carl Foreman)


MAY '64

Total films rated: 22
4 stars given: 2
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 3
1 star given: 3
Bullet given: 6
Abstained: 6

4 STARS -- The Servant (Joseph Losey), The Silence (Ingmar Bergman)

3 STARS -- Pour la Suite du Monde (Michel Brault/ Marcel Carrière/Pierre Perrault), Four for Texas (Robert Aldrich)

2 STARS -- Le Punition (Jean Rouch), Seven Days in May (John Frankenheimer)

BULLET -- From Russia with Love (Terence Young)


JUNE '64

Total films rated: 24
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 4
2 stars given: 6
1 star given: 4
Bullet given: 6
Abstained: 3

3 STARS -- La Jetée (Chris Marker), Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick), The Fiancés (Ermanno Olmi), The Pumpkin Eater (Jack Clayton)

2 STARS -- Who's Minding the Store? (Frank Tashlin), Cyrano and D'Artagnan (Abel Gance), Des Pissenlits par la Racine (Georges Lautner)

1 STAR -- The Fall of the Roman Empire (Anthony Mann), Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (Vittorio de Sica)

BULLET -- The Prize (Mark Robson), Becket (Peter Glenville)


JULY '64

Total films rated: 23
4 stars given: 3
3 stars given: 4
2 stars given: 5
1 star given: 3
Bullet given: 4
Abstained: 4

4 STARS -- Wagonmaster (John Ford), America, America (Elia Kazan), La Bataille de France (Jean Aurel)

3 STARS -- The Hidden Fortress (Akira Kurosawa), The Terrorist (Gainfranco De Bosio), La Peau Douce (François Truffaut), Freud (John Huston)

2 STARS -- David and Lisa (Frank Perry), The Best Man (Franklin Schaffner), Soldier in the Rain (Ralph Nelson)

1 STAR -- Samson (Nanabhai Bhatt)

BULLET -- Les Felins (René Clement)


AUGUST-SEPTEMBER '64

Total films rated: 24
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 0
2 stars given: 1
1 star given: 2
Bullet given: 6
Abstained: 13

4 STARS -- Bande à Part (Jean-Luc Godard)

2 STARS -- Paris When It Sizzles (Richard Quine)

1 STAR -- La Vie à L'Envers (Alain Jessua), Seduced and Abandoned (Pietro Germi)


OCTOBER '64

Total films rated: 20
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 4
1 star given: 3
Bullet given: 5
Abstained: 6

3 STARS -- Man's Favorite Sport ? (Howard Hawks), A Distant Trumpet (Raoul Walsh)

2 STARS -- The World of Henry Orient (Georges Roy Hill), Les Plus Belles Escroqueries du Monde (sketch film)

1 STAR -- One Potato, Two Potato (Larry Peerce)

BULLET -- Topkapi (Jules Dassin)

ABSTAIN -- Les Amities Particulieres (Jean Delannoy)


NOVEMBER '64

Total films rated: 23
4 stars given: 2
3 stars given: 3
2 stars given: 4
1 star given: 5
Bullet given: 6
Abstained: 3

4 STARS -- Harlem Story (Shirley Clarke), All These Women (Ingmar Bergman)

3 STARS -- Bebo's Girl (Luigi Comencini), The Damned (Joseph Losey), Time Stood Still (Ermanno Olmi)

2 STARS -- World Without Sun (Jacques-Yves Cousteau), A Hard Day's Night (Richard Lester), Love with a Proper Stranger (Robert Mulligan)

1 STAR -- The Train (John Frankenheimer), L'Insoumis (Alan Cavalier)


JANUARY '65

Total films rated: 25
4 stars given: 2
3 stars given: 3
2 stars given: 5
1 star given: 2
Bullet given: 4
Abstained: 9

4 STARS -- The Red Desert (Michelangelo Antonioni), Marnie (Alfred Hitchcock)

3 STARS -- The Night of the Iguana (John Huston), Cheyenne Autumn (John Ford), The Passenger (Andrjez Munk)

2 STARS -- The Patsy (Jerry Lewis), And Quiet Flows the Don (Sergei Gerasimov), The Tiger Likes Fresh Meat (Claude Chabrol)

1 STAR -- The Killers (Don Siegel), La Ronde (Roger Vadim)

ABSTAIN -- Behold a Pale Horse (Fred Zinneman)


FEBRUARY '65

Total films rated: 26
4 stars given: 2
3 stars given: 0
2 stars given: 5
1 star given: 3
Bullet given: 2
Abstained: 14

4 STARS -- A Married Woman (Jean-Luc Godard), Gertrud (Carl Theodore Dreyer)

2 STARS -- I Step Through Moscow (Georgi Daneliya), Les Barbouzes (Georges Lautner)

1 STAR -- Marriage Italian-Style (Vittorio de Sica)

ABSTAIN -- My Fair Lady (George Cukor)


MARCH '65

Total films rated: 28
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 5
2 stars given: 6
1 star given: 5
Bullet given: 6
Abstained: 5

4 STARS -- Lilith (Robert Rossen)

3 STARS -- Yoyo (Pierre Étaix), Kiss Me, Stupid (Billy Wilder), Not on Your Life (Luis García Berlanga), Weekend (Palle Kjærulff-Schmidt), The Thin Red Line (Andrew Marton)

2 STARS -- Mata-Hari (Jean-Luis Richard)

1 STAR -- De L'Amour (Jean Aurel)

BULLET -- The Outrage (Martin Ritt), Goldfinger (Guy Hamilton)


MAY-JUNE '65

Total films rated: 27
4 stars given: 2
3 stars given: 2
2 stars given: 4
1 star given: 4
Bullet given: 7
Abstained: 8

4 STARS -- Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard), Winter Light (Ingmar Bergman)

3 STARS -- Le 317e Section (Pierre Schoendoerffer), Journal d'une Femme en Blanc (Claude Autant-Lara)

2 STARS -- Thomas the Imposter (Georges Franju), How to Murder Your Wife (Richard Quine)

1 STAR -- Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte (Robert Aldrich)

BULLET -- Major Dundee (Sam Peckinpaugh), John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (J Lee Thompson)


AUGUST '65

Total films rated: 20
4 stars given: 0
3 stars given: 1
2 stars given: 4
1 star given: 6
Bullet given: 6
Abstained: 3

3 STARS -- Baby, The Rain Must Fall (Robert Mulligan)

2 STARS -- A High Wind in Jamaica (Alexander Mackendrick), The Knack... and How to Get It (Richard Lester)

1 STAR -- 36 Hours (George Seaton), A House Is Not a Home (Russell Rouse), The Hanged Man (Don Siegel)

BULLET -- Kitten With a Whip (Douglas Heyes), The Rounders (Burt Kennedy)

ABSTAIN -- The Gun Hawk (Edward Ludwig)


SEPTEMBER '65

Total films rated: 25
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 1
2 stars given: 6
1 star given: 4
Bullet given: 8
Abstained: 5

4 STARS -- Young Cassidy (Jack Cardiff, John Ford)

3 STARS -- L'Amour a la Chaine (Claude de Givray)

2 STARS -- Marie Chantal Contre le Dr. Kaft (Claude Chabrol), Viva Las Vegas (George Sidney), Sex and the Single Girl (Richard Quine), Les Baisers (sketch film - Claude Berri, Bertrand Tavernier)

1 STAR -- Un Mari a Prix Fixe (Claude de Givray)

BULLET -- Tokyo Olympiades (Kon Ichikawa), None but the Brave (Frank Sinatra), Von Ryan's Express (Mark Robson)

ABSTAIN -- Le Lit a Deux Places (Jean Delannoy)


SEPTEMBER '66

Total films rated: 23
4 stars given: 1
3 stars given: 0
2 stars given: 3
1 star given: 5
Bullet given: 2
Abstained: 12

4 STARS -- Seven Women (John Ford)

2 STARS -- The Roaring Twenties (Raoul Walsh), Duel at Diablo (Ralph Nelson)

1 STAR -- Arabesque (Stanley Donen), The Slender Thread (Sydney Pollack) I Knew Her Well (Antonio Petrangeli)

BULLET -- The Oscar (Russell Rouse), Girl Happy (Boris Sagal)


Compiled from Cahiers du cinema November 1955 - September 1966.