Shivers (1975)

DAVID CRONENBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. Alternate Title: They Came From Within Canada, 1975. Cinépix Film Properties, DAL Productions, Canadian Film Development Corporation. Screenplay by David Cronenberg. Cinematography by Robert Saad. Produced by Ivan Reitman. Music by Ivan Reitman. Production Design by Erla Gliserman. Film Editing by Patrick Dodd. David Cronenberg makes his…

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The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother (1975)

GENE WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. Alternate title: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother United Kingdom/USA, 1975.  Jouer Films, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Gene Wilder, based on characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by Richard A. Roth.   Music by John Morris.  Production Design by Terence Marsh. …

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The Hindenburg (1975)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA, 1975.  The Filmakers Group, Universal Pictures.  Screen story by Richard Levinson, William Link, Screenplay by Nelson Gidding, based on the book by Michael M. Mooney.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Robert Wise.  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by Edward C. Carfagno.  Costume Design by…

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Mahogany (1975)

BERRY GORDY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 1975.  Motown Productions, Nikor Productions, Paramount Pictures.  Story by Toni Amber, Screenplay by John Byrum.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Jack Ballard, Rob Cohen.  Music by Michael Masser.  Production Design by Aurelio Crugnola, Leon Erickson.  Costume Design by Diana Ross.  Film Editing by Peter Zinner.  Academy Awards 1975.   Diana Ross follows her triumph…

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Saturday Night At The Baths (1975)

DAVID BUCKLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.   USA, 1975.  B.T.O. Films.  Screenplay by Franklin Khedouri, David Buckley.  Cinematography by Ralf D. Bode.  Produced by David Buckley, Steve Ostrow.  Music by Ronald Frangipane.  Film Editing by Suzanne Fenn, Jackie Raynal.  Podcast: Bad Gay Movies. Underground gay classic from the mid-seventies has certainly not aged well (to be fair, it wasn’t exactly…

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Lucky Lady (1975)

STANLEY DONEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   USA, 1975.  Gruskoff/Venture Films.  Screenplay by Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth.  Produced by Michael Gruskoff.  Music by Ralph Burns.  Production Design by John Barry. Costume Design by Lilly Fenichel.  Film Editing by Peter Boita, George Hively.  Golden Globe Awards 1975. Liza Minnelli and Burt Reynolds fail in their attempt to make big money…

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At Long Last Love (1975)

PETER BOGDANOVICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.   USA, 1975.  Copa del Oro, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Peter Bogdanovich.  Cinematography by Laszlo Kovacs.  Produced by Peter Bogdanovich, Frank Marshall.  Music by Artie Butler, Lionel Newman.   Production Design by Gene Allen.  Costume Design by Bobbie Mannix.  Film Editing by Douglas Robertson.   Peter Bogdanovich followed his successful run of hits (The Last Picture Show,…

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The Mirror (1975)

ANDREI TARKOVSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Original title:  Zerkalo USSR, 1975.  Mosfilm. Screenplay by Andrei Tarkovsky, Aleksandr Misharin.  Cinematography by Georgi Rerberg.  Produced by Erik Waisberg.  Music by Eduard Artemev.  Production Design by Nikolay Dvigubskiy.  Costume Design by Nelli Fomina.  Film Editing by Lyudmila Feyginova. This one is Andrei Tarkovsky for advanced students.  A non-linear narrative structure, little explanation of context for many…

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Rollerball (1975)

NORMAN JEWISON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   United Kingdom/USA, 1975.  Algonquin.  Screenplay by William Harrison, based on his short story Roller Ball Murder).  Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by Norman Jewison.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by John Box.  Costume Design by Julie Harris.  Film Editing by Antony Gibbs.   In 2018, war has been abolished and so has any form of government, replaced…

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Female Vampire (1975)

JESUS FRANCO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  Original title:  La Comtesse Noire France/Belgium, 1975.  Eurociné, Général Films.  Screenplay by Jesús Franco, dialogue by Joyane Gibert.  Cinematography by Jesus Franco.  Produced by Marius Lesoeur.  Music by Daniel White.  Film Editing by Jesus Franco.   If soft core adult fare is going to masquerade as exploitative horror, it could at least be periodically…

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Kidnap Syndicate (1975)

FERNANDO DI LEO Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   Original title:  La Citta Sconvolta: Caccia Spietata Ai Rapitori Italy, 1975.  Cinemaster S.r.l..  Story by Galliano Juso, Screenplay by Fernando Di Leo, Ernesto Gastaldi, Nicola Manzari.  Cinematography by Erico Menczer.  Produced by Galliano Juso.  Music by Luis Bacalov.  Production Design by Francesco Cuppini.  Costume Design by Maria Luisa Panaro.  Film Editing by Sergio Montanari.   Exciting…

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The Passenger (1975)

MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title: Professione: Reporter Italy/Spain/France, 1975.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Compagnia Cinematografica Champion, Les Films Concordia, CIPI Cinematografica S.A..  Story by Mark Peploe, Screenplay by Mark Peploe, Peter Wollen, Michelangelo Antonioni.  Cinematography by Luciano Tovoli.  Produced by Carlo Ponti.  Music by Ivan Vandor.  Production Design by Piero Poletto.  Costume Design by Louise Stjernsward.  Film Editing by Michelangelo Antonioni,…

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