La Belle Noiseuse (1991)

JACQUES RIVETTE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  France/Switzerland, 1991.  Pierre Grise Productions, George Reinhart Productions, FR3 Films Production, Centre National du Cinema et de L’Image Animee, Canal+, Investimage 2, Investimage 3, Région Languedoc-Roussillon.  Scenario by Pascal Bonitzer, Christine Laurent, Jacques Rivette, dialogue by Pascal Bonitzer, Christine Laurent, inspired by the novella Le Chef-d’Oeuvre Inconnu by…

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Daughters of The Dust (1991)

JULIE DASH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB .  USA/Germany, 1991.  American Playhouse, Geechee Girls, WMG Film.  Screenplay by Julie Dash.  Cinematography by Arthur Jafa.  Produced by Julie Dash, Arthur Jafa, Steven Jones.  Music by John Barnes.  Production Design by Kerry Marshall.  Costume Design by Arline Burks Gant.  Film Editing by Joseph Burton, Amy Carey.  Toronto…

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I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School (1991)

SUSAN RAYMOND Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1991.  Cinematography by Alan Raymond.  Produced by Alan Raymond, Susan Raymond.  Music by Tom Verlaine.  Film Editing by Alan Raymond.  Academy Awards 1993. An elementary school in a rough Philadelphia neighbourhood is, in this heartfelt documentary, the voice of all underfunded inner-city schools in America. Filmmakers…

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Stepping Out (1991)

LEWIS GILBERT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.    USA, 1991.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Richard Harris, based on his play.  Cinematography by Alan Hume.  Produced by Lewis Gilbert.  Music by Peter Matz.  Production Design by Alicia Keywan.  Costume Design by Candy Paterson.  Film Editing by Humphrey Dixon.  Richard Harris’ community theatre favourite gets its shot at the big screen, and the results…

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Body Parts (1991)

ERIC RED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 1991.  Vista Street Entertainment.  Screen story by Patricia Herskovic, Joyce Taylor, Screenplay by Eric Red, Norman Snider, based on the novel Et mon tout est un homme by Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac.  Cinematography by Theo van de Sande.  Produced by Frank Mancuso Jr..  Music by Loek Dikker.  Production Design by Bill Brodie.  Costume Design…

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A Rage In Harlem (1991)

BILL DUKE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1991.  Palace Pictures, Miramax.  Screenplay by John Toles-Bey, Bobby Crawford, based on the novel by Chester Himes.  Cinematography by Toyomichi Kurita.  Produced by Kerry Rock, Stephen Woolley.  Music by Elmer Bernstein, Jeff Vincent.  Production Design by Steven Legler.  Costume Design by Nele Samples.  Film Editing by Curtiss Clayton.  Cannes Film Festival 1991. A magnificent shoot-out in mid-fifties…

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Jacquot de Nantes (1991)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   France, 1991.  Canal+, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Ciné Tamaris, La Sept Cinema, Sofiarp.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda, based on the memoirs of Jacques Demy.  Cinematography by Patrick Blossier, Agnes Godard, Georges Strouve.  Music by Joanna Bruzdowicz.  Production Design by Robert Nardone.  Costume Design by Françoise Disle.  Film Editing by Marie-Josee Audiard.  Toronto International Film…

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Prospero’s Books (1991)

PETER GREENAWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/Netherlands/France/Italy/Japan, 1991.  Allarts, Cinéa, Caméra One, Penta Film, Elsevier-Vendex Film Beheer, Channel 4 International, Vrijzinnig Protestantse Radio Omroep, Canal+, NHK, Pierson, Heldring & Pierson N.V., Palace Pictures.  Screenplay by Peter Greenaway, based on the play The Tempest by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Sacha Vierny.  Produced by Kees Kasander.  Music by…

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Rhapsody In August (1991)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  Hachi-gatsu no Kyoshikiyoku Japan, 1991.  Feature Film Enterprise II, Kurosawa Production Co., Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, based on the novel Nabe no Naka by Kiyoko Murata.  Cinematography by Takao Saito, Shoji Ueda.  Produced by Hisao Kurosawa.  Music by Shinichiro Ikebe.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Kazuko Kurosawa.  Film…

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The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell Of Fear (1991)

DAVID ZUCKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1991.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by David Zucker, Pat Proft, based on the television series Police Squad by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker.  Cinematography by Robert M. Stevens.  Produced by Robert K. Weiss.  Music by Ira Newborn.  Production Design by John J. Lloyd.  Costume Design by Taryn De Chellis.  Film Editing by Christopher Greenbury, James R. Symons.  …

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Europa (1991)

LARS VON TRIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Alternate title:  Zentropa Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany/Switzerland, 1991.  Alicéléo, Coproduction Office,  Det Danske Filminstitut,  Eurimages, Fortuna Film, Fund of the Council of Europe, Gérard Mital Productions, Institut suisse du film, Nordisk Film, Sofinergie 1, Sofinergie 2, Svenska Filminstitutet, Union Generale Cinematographique, WMG Film.  Screenplay by Lars Von Trier, Niels Vorsel.  Cinematography by Henning Bendtsen,…

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City Slickers (1991)

RON UNDERWOOD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1991.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Nelson Entertainment, Face Productions.  Written by Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel.  Cinematography by Dean Semler.  Produced by Irby Smith.  Music by Marc Shaiman.  Production Design by Lawrence G. Paull.  Costume Design by Judy L. Ruskin.  Film Editing by O. Nicholas Brown.  Academy Awards 1991.  Golden Globe Awards 1991.   Three stressed out city company men and age-old…

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