Bugsy Malone (1976)

ALAN PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  United Kingdom, 1976.  The Rank Organisation, Goodtimes Enterprises, Bugsy Malone Productions, National Film Finance Consortium.  Screenplay by Alan Parker.  Cinematography by Peter Biziou, Michael Seresin.  Produced by Alan Marshall.  Music by Paul Williams.  Production Design by Geoffrey Kirkland.  Costume Design by Monica Howe.  Film Editing by Gerry Hambling.  Academy Awards 1976.  Cannes Film Festival 1976.  Golden Globe Awards 1976.  …

Rate this:

Assault On Precinct 13 (1976)

JOHN CARPENTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1976.  CKK.  Screenplay by John Carpenter.  Cinematography by Douglas Knapp.  Produced by J. Stein Kaplan.  Music by John Carpenter.  Production Design by Tommy Lee Wallace.  Costume Design by Nancy Kyes.  Film Editing by John Carpenter.   Early masterpiece by John Carpenter, and still one of his finest films.  As the Los Angeles police prepare to shut…

Rate this:

A Matter of Time (1976)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  Italy, 1976.  American International Pictures, Coralta Cinematografica, Deux Femmes Service Company, General International Film Company.  Screenplay by John Gay, based on the novel by Maurice Druon.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth.  Produced by Edmund Grainger, Jack H. Skirball.  Music by Nino Oliveiro.  Production Design by Veniero Colasanti, John Moore.  Costume Design by Andretta Ferrero.  Film Editing by Peter…

Rate this:

The Last Tycoon (1976)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1976.  Academy Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone, Anthea Sylbert.  Film Editing by Richard Marks.  Academy Awards 1976.   F. Scott Fitzgerald’s stories frequently take…

Rate this:

Family Plot

BBB (out of 5) A wealthy dowager (Cathleen Nesbitt) enlists her psychic (Barbara Harris) to help her with a very private family matter: years ago she forced her sister to give up her illegitimate son for adoption and, now nearing her death without an heir in sight, wants to find the lost child and bequeath…

Rate this:

Daguerréotypes (1976)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  West Germany/France, 1976.  Ciné Tamaris, Institut National de L’Audiovisuel, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda.  Cinematography by Nurith Aviv, William Lubtchansky.  Film Editing by Andree Choty, Gordon Swire.   Filmmaker Agnes Varda was inspired by a storefront on the Rue Daguerre, where her studio is still located, whose window hadn’t changed its products…

Rate this:

The Ritz

BB.5 (out of 5) An old Italian patriarch dies and, on his deathbed, begs his son (Jerry Stiller) to kill his son-in-law (Jack Weston), which Stiller is only happy to do in order to keep the targeted man from inheriting the family’s profitable garbage business.  On the run in disguise and in need of a…

Rate this:

Norman…Is That You? (1976)

GEORGE SCHLATTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1976.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Ron Clark, Sam Bobrick, George Schlatter, based on the play by Ron Clark, Sam Bobrick.  Cinematography by Gayne Rescher.  Produced by George Schlatter.  Music by William Goldstein.  Production Design by Stephen Myles Berger.  Costume Design by Michael Travis.  Film Editing by George Folsey Jr..  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies.   Redd Foxx leaves Tucson and shows…

Rate this:

The Blue Bird (1976)

GEORGE CUKOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA/Soviet Union, 1976.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Lenfilm Studio, Edward Lewis Productions, Sovinfilm, Tower International.  Screenplay by Hugh Whitemore, Alfred Hayes, Aleksei Kapler, based on the play by Maurice Maeterlinck.  Cinematography by Jonas Gricius, Freddie Young.  Produced by Paul Maslansky, Harry N. Blum, Robert H. Greenberg.  Music by Irwin Kostal.  Production Design by Brian…

Rate this:

Alice Sweet Alice (Communion) (1976)

ALFRED SOLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1976.  Harristown Funding.  Screenplay by Rosemary Ritvo, Alfred Sole.  Produced by Richard K. Rosenberg.  Music by Stephen Lawrence.  Production Design by John Lawless.  Costume Design by Michelle Cohen.  Film Editing by M. Edward Salier.   A wonderful plot is ruined by terrible direction in this cultish curiousity, one whose initial release was saved from complete obscurity…

Rate this:

Obsession

BBB (out of 5) Cliff Robertson loses wife Genevieve Bujold and their small daughter after they die with their kidnappers in a fiery blaze during a police chase.  Years later and obsessed with grief, Robertson goes to Italy and meets a dead ringer for his spouse (also played by Bujold) with whom he becomes obsessed and brings back…

Rate this:

The Marquise Of O (Die Marquise von O…)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A minor masterpiece from Eric Rohmer, probably the best of all his period pieces.  It’s about a beautiful, titled widow whose father’s citadel is raided and she is set upon by soldiers before being saved from being raped by a Russian soldier.  He falls madly in love with her and begs her to…

Rate this: