Lisa And The Devil (Lisa e il diavolo) (1973)

MARIO BAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Italy/West Germany/Spain/USA, 1973.  Leone International.  Screenplay by Mario Bava, Alfredo Leone.  Cinematography by Cecilio Paniagua.  Produced by Alfredo Leone.  Music by Carlo Savina.  Production Design by Nedo Azzini.  Film Editing by Carlo Reali.   Elke Sommer is terrific as a tourist visiting Spain who is distracted from her walking tour after seeing a fresco depicting the…

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Save The Tiger (1973)

JOHN G. AVILDSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1973.  Filmways Pictures, Cirandinha Productions, Jalem Productions.  Screenplay by Steve Shagan.  Cinematography by James Crabe.  Produced by Martin Ransohoff, Steve Shagan.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Jack T. Collis.  Costume Design by John A. Anderson.  Film Editing by David Bretherton.  Academy Awards 1973.  Golden Globe Awards 1973. Screenwriter Steve Shagan barely conceals his contempt…

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Night Watch (1973)

BRIAN G. HUTTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1973.  Brut Productions, Nightwatch Films.  Screenplay by Tony Williamson, additional dialogue by Evan Jones, based on the play by Lucille Fletcher.  Cinematography by Billy Williams.  Produced by George W. George, Martin Poll, Barnard Straus.  Music by John Cameron.  Production Design by Peter Murton.  Costume Design by Yvonne Blake.  Film Editing by John Jympson.   The closest…

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Theatre of Blood

BBBB (out of 5) For anyone who thinks that Shakespeare is meant to be a quiet and lofty experience, this delicious horror movie that celebrates the violence in his plays is a must-see. Vincent Price is glorious as an actor who, despite having publicly committed suicide two years earlier, is actually still alive and out to…

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The Holy Mountain (La Montana Sagrada)

BBBB (out of 5) A Christlike thief traverses a strange landscape until coming into the presence of an alchemist, who then introduces him to seven figures representing planets of the solar system.  They tell the stranger their names and their purpose before the group voyages together to a revered mountain to replace its gods and take over…

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Fantastic Planet (La Planete Sauvage)

BBB (out of 5) Curiously animated science-fiction fable that has been a cult favourite since its premiere at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, where it took a special prize. Execution overcomes plot familiarity as a barely subtle plot about class division takes place on the planet of Ygam, where a race of blue giants called Draags…

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The Iron Rose (La Rose de Fer)

BB (out of 5) Minor thriller that provides plenty of atmosphere and little else, as a couple meet at a party where he recites poetry that turns her on. Meeting up in the woods near the chateau where the soiree took place, the couple wanders towards a cemetery and, after entering it, the two are…

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The Paper Chase

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Timothy Bottoms arrives for his first year of Harvard Law and is immediately made a target by a legendary professor (theatrical and film producer John Houseman in his first major film acting role), who treats him with both derision and admiration depending on what the day’s case studies bring. Bottoms makes friends and…

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Magnum Force

BBBB (out of 5) The popularity of Dirty Harry meant we needed more of the tough, gruff and unpopular detective, and rightly so.  Clint Eastwood is still an indomitable screen presence as the cop who can’t be bothered to make himself appealing to those who doubt his methods, particularly when it turns out that there…

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Bang The Drum Slowly

BBB.5 (out of 5) Touching film about the friendship between two baseball players on a major league team, something like Midnight Cowboy but without all the traumatic hardships. Upstanding and sensitive Michael Moriarty keeps a lid on the news when slovenly Robert De Niro finds out during a stay at the Mayo Clinic that he is dying…

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F For Fake (Verites Et Mensonges)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Orson Welles concludes his rich and varied career with a meditation on fakery, which to him is an essential part of storytelling.  This is, after all, the man whose fame began with a broadcast of War Of The Worlds that had radio listeners running into the streets in a panic, terrified that…

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Soylent Green

BB.5 (out of 5) In the year 2022, the world is grossly overpopulated, polluted and down to very few resources.  Humans live in the streets (mostly sleeping on stairwells based on what this film shows), their fashion never updated since the seventies and their source of food a synthetic product from a company called Soylent….

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