Fedora (1978)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   France/West Germany, 1978.  Bavaria Atelier, Lorimar, NF Geria Filmgesellshaft GmbH, Societe Francaise de Production.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on a story by Tom Tryon.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Charlotte Flemming.  Film Editing by Stefan Arnsten, Fredric…

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The Green Room (1978)

FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. Original title:  La Chambre Verte France, 1978.  Les Films du Carrosse, Les Productions Artistes Associes.  Screenplay by Jean Gruault, Francois Truffaut, based on the short stories The Altar of the Dead, The Way It Came and The Beast In The Jungle by Henry James.  Cinematography by Nestor Almendros.  Produced by Francois Truffaut.  Music by…

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Empire Of Passion (1978)

NAGISA OSHIMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Ai No Borei Japan/France, 1978.  Argos Films, Oshima Productions, Toho-Towa.  Story by Itoko Nakamura,Screenplay by Nagisa Oshima.  Cinematography by Yoshio Miyajima.  Produced by Anatole Dauman.  Music by Toru Takemitsu.  Production Design by Jusho Toda.  Film Editing by Keiichi Uraoka.  Cannes Film Festival 1978. Nagisa Oshima follows his notoriously explicit In The Realm of The…

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Sextette (1978)

KEN HUGHES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB. USA, 1978.  Briggs and Sullivan.  Screenplay by Herbert Baker, based on the play by Mae West.  Cinematography by James Crabe.  Produced by Daniel Briggs, Robert Sullivan.  Music by Artie Butler.  Production Design by Thad Prescott.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Argyle Nelson Jr..  Podcast: Bad Gay Movies.   Always the one to make a…

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Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978)

BERTRAND BLIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Preparez vos Mouchoirs France/Belgium, 1978.  Belga Films, C.A.P.A.C., Les Films Ariane, SODEP.  Screenplay by Bertrand Blier.  Cinematography by Jean Penzer.  Produced by Paul Claudon, Georges Dancigers, Alexandre Mnouchkine.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Eric Moulard.  Costume Design by Michele Cerf.  Film Editing by Claudine Merlin.  Academy Awards 1978.  Golden Globe Awards 1978.  New York Film Critics…

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Pretty Baby (1978)

LOUIS MALLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1978.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Polly Platt, Louis Malle, Screenplay by Polly Platt.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Louis Malle.  Production Design by Trevor Williams.  Film Editing by Suzanne Fenn.  Academy Awards 1978.  Cannes Film Festival 1978. Brooke Shields has spent all her twelve years growing up in a World War I-era New Orleans brothel, her…

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Jaws 2 (1978)

JEANNOT SZWARC Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1978.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Carl Gottlieb, Howard Sackler, based on characters created by Peter Benchley.  Cinematography by Michael C. Butler.  Produced by David Brown, Richard D. Zanuck.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Joe Alves.  Costume Design by Bill Jobe.  Film Editing by Steve Potter, Arthur Schmidt, Neil Travis. Bruce is back, though we don’t know why:…

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Watership Down (1978)

MARTIN ROSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1978.  Nepenthe Productions, Watership Productions.  Screenplay by Martin Rosen, based on the novel by Richard Adams.  Produced by Martin Rosen.  Music by Angela Morley.  Film Editing by Terry Rawlings.   This animated film is about a small group of rabbits who have been told by their seer that their warren is…

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The Buddy Holly Story (1978)

STEVE RASH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1978.  Innovisions, ECA.  Story by Alan Swyer, Screenplay by Robert Gittler, based on Buddy Holly His Life And Music by John Goldrosen. Cinematography by Stevan Larner.  Produced by Fred Bauer.  Music by Joe Renzetti.  Production Design by Joel Schiller.  Costume Design by Michael Butler, Thalia Phillips.  Film Editing by David E. Blewitt.  Academy Awards 1978.  Golden Globe…

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The Cheap Detective

BBB.5 (out of 5) Neil Simon wrote two hilarious spoofs of traditional murder mysteries, and both are equally funny and worth watching. The first, Murder By Death, was a clever takeoff on classic mysteries of the Agatha Christie vein. The Cheap Detective takes on the genre of forties film noir as private eye Peter Falk…

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Same Time, Next Year

BBB.5 (out of 5) A rainy night at a California inn brings together a married accountant (Alan Alda) and a happy housewife (Ellen Burstyn), who spend a wonderful evening together that ends up in bed. The next morning he hashes out his Red Scare-era guilt over what they did while she feels no remorse whatsoever;…

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American Hot Wax (1978)

FLOYD MUTRUX Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1978.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by John Kaye, Art Linson, Screenplay by John Kaye.  Cinematography by William A. Fraker.  Produced by Art Linson.  Music by Kenny Vance.  Production Design by Elayne Barbara Ceder.  Costume Design by Robert De Mora.  Film Editing by Ronald J. Fagan, Melvin Shapiro.   Along with American Graffiti and The Hollywood Knights,…

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