The Widow Couderc (1971)

PIERRE GRANIER-DEFERRE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 Original Title: La Veuve Couderc France/Italy, 1971.  Lira Films, Pegaso Cinematografica.  Screenplay by Pierre Granier-Deferre, Pascal Jardin, dialogue by Pascal Jardin, based on the novel by Georges Simenon. Cinematography by Walter Wottitz.  Produced by Raymond Danon.  Music by Philippe Sarde.  Production Design by Jacques Saulnier.  Costume Design…

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The Ceremony (1971)

NAGISA OSHIMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Gishiki Japan, 1971.  Art Theatre Guild, Daiei Studios, Sozosha.  Screenplay by Mamoru Sasaki, Tsutomu Tamura, Nagisa Oshima.  Cinematography by Toichiro Narushima.  Produced by Kinshirô Kuzui, Takuji Yamaguchi.  Music by Toru Takemitsu.  Production Design by Shigenori Shimoishizaka. Film Editing by Keiichi Uraoka. Nagisa Oshima treats post-war…

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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…

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The Hospital (1971)

ARTHUR HILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   USA, 1971.  Simcha Productions.   Screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Howard Gottfried.  Music by Morris Surdin.  Production Design by Gene Rudolf.  Costume Design by Frank L. Thompson.  Film Editing by Eric Albertson.  Academy Awards 1971.  Golden Globe Awards 1971. George C. Scott dominates this fascinating black comedy that seeks to tear a…

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The Bay of Blood (1971)

MARIO BAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.   Original title:  Reazione a catena Italy, 1971.  Nuova Linea Cinematografica.  Story by Dardano Sacchetti, Franco Barberi, Screenplay by Mario Bava, Giuseppe Zaccariello, Filippo Ottoni, English dialogue by Gene Luotto.  Cinematography by Mario Bava.  Produced by Giuseppe Zaccariello.  Music by Stelvio Cipriani.  Production Design by Sergio Canevari.  Costume Design by Enrico Sabbatini.  Film Editing by Carlo Reali. After…

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The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

PETER DUFFELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   United Kingdom, 1971.  Amicus Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Bloch.  Cinematography by Ray Parslow.  Produced by Max Rosenberg, Milton Subotsky.  Music by Michael Dress.  Production Design by Tony Curtis.  Costume Design by Laurel Staffell.  Film Editing by Peter Tanner. A Scotland Yard detective heads out to the country to investigate the disappearance of a famous movie…

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Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb (1971)

SETH HOLT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   United Kingdom, 1971. EMI Films, Hammer Films. Screenplay by Christopher Wicking, based on the novel The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker. Cinematography by Arthur Grant. Produced by Howard Brandy. Music by Tristram Cary. Production Design by Scott MacGregor. Costume Design by Rosemary Burrows. Film Editing…

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A New Leaf (1971)

ELAINE MAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1971.  Aries Productions, Elkins Entertainment, Elkins Productions International Corporation.  Screenplay by Elaine May, based on the story The Green Heart by Jack Ritchie.  Cinematography by Gayne Rescher.  Produced by Hillard Elkins, Howard W. Koch, Joseph Manduke.  Production Design by Warren Clymer, Richard Fried.  Costume Design by Anthea Sylbert.  Film Editing by Don Guidice,…

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The Emigrants (1971)

JAN TROELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Utvandrarna Sweden, 1971.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Bengt Forslund, Jan Troell, based on the novels by Vilhelm Moberg.  Cinematography by Jan Troell.  Produced by Bengt Forslund.  Music by Erik Nordgren.  Production Design by P.A. Lundgren.  Costume Design by Ulla-Britt Soderlund.  Film Editing by Jan Troell.  Academy Awards 1971.  Academy Awards 1972.  Golden Globe Awards 1972….

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Homesdale (1971)

PETER WEIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Australia, 1971.  Screenplay by Peter Weir, Piers Davies.  Cinematography by Anthony Wallis.  Produced by Grahame Bond, Richard Brennan.  Music by Grahame Bond, Rory O’Donoghue.  Film Editing by Wayne LeClos.   Peter Weir’s debut as feature filmmaker, this short film was the project that inspired Patricia Lovell to hire him to direct Picnic At Hanging Rock.  It’s…

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The Beguiled (1971)

DON SIEGEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1971.  The Malpaso Company.  Screenplay by Albert Maltz, Irene Kamp,based on the novel by Thomas Cullinan.  Cinematography by Bruce Surtees.  Produced by Don Siegel.  Music by Lalo Schifrin.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Helen Colvig.  Film Editing by Carl Pingitore.  A Yankee soldier (Clint Eastwood) is found near death on the grounds…

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What’s The Matter With Helen? (1971)

CURTIS HARRINGTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1971.  Filmways Pictures, Raymax Productions.  Screenplay by Henry Farrell.  Cinematography by Lucien Ballard.  Produced by George Edwards.  Music by David Raksin.  Production Design by Eugène Lourié.  Costume Design by Morton Haack.  Film Editing by William Reynolds.  Academy Awards 1971. Delightfully campy indulgence in horror stars Debbie Reynolds and Shelley Winters as two complete opposites united by their sons;…

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