Caligula (1979)

TINTO BRASS Bil’s rating (out of 5): B Original Title: Caligola Italy, 1979. Penthouse Films International, Felix Cinematografica. Screenplay by Gore Vidal. Cinematography by Silvano Ippoliti. Produced by Bob Guccione. Music by Bruno Nicolai, Renzo Rossellini. Production Design by Danilo Donati. Costume Design by Danilo Donati. Film Editing by Nino Baragli, Enzo Micarelli. The phenomenon…

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Ludwig (1972)

LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Italy/France/West Germany, 1972.  Mega Film, Cinétel, Dieter Geissler Filmproduktion, Divina-Film.  Story and Screenplay by Luchino Visconti, Enrico Medioli, collaboration with Suso Cecchi D’Amico.  Cinematography by Armando Nannuzzi.  Produced by Dieter Geissler, Ugo Santalucia.  Production Design by Mario Chiari, Mario Scisci.  Costume Design by Piero Tosi.  Film Editing by Ruggero Mastroianni.  The life of the…

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Rocco And His Brothers (1960)

LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  Original title:  Rocco E I Suoi Fratelli Italy/France, 1960.  Titanus, Les Films Marceau.  Story by Luchino Visconti, Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Vasco Pratolini, Screenplay and dialogue by Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Massimo Franciosa, Enrico Medioli, Luchino Visconti, inspired by the novel Il Ponte della Ghisolfa by Giovanni Testori.  Cinematography by Giuseppe…

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Accattone (1961)

PIER PAOLO PASOLINI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Italy, 1961.  Arco Film, Cino del Duca.  Screenplay by Pier Paolo Pasolini, based on his story, additional dialogue by Sergio Citti.  Cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli.  Produced by Alfredo Bini, Cino del Duca.  Music by Carlo Rustichelli.  Production Design by Flavio Mogherini.  Film Editing by Nino Baragli.   Overlong and undernourished film debut of Pier…

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Pasolini: An Italian Crime

BBB.5 (out of 5) Original title:  Pasolini: Un Delitto Italiano Celebrated Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (Salo, Accattone) had his prolific life ended abruptly when he was found bludgeoned to death in his car near a local beach outside of Rome. The story that has survived to this day is that he picked up a prostitute…

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The Phantom Of Liberty (1974)

LUIS BUNUEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Le Fantome De La Liberte Italy/France, 1974.  Greenwich Film Productions.  Screenplay by Luis Bunuel, Jean-Claude Carriere.  Cinematography by Edmond Richard.  Produced by Serge Silberman.  Production Design by Pierre Guffroy.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Guyot.  Film Editing by Helene Plemiannikov.  Luis Bunuel takes the touches of surrealism he used in The Discreet Charm of The…

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Before The Revolution (1964)

BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Prima Della Rivoluzione Italy, 1964.  Cineriz, Iride Cinematografica.  Story and Screenplay by Bernardo Bertolucci, collaboration with Gianni Amico.  Cinematography by Aldo Scavarda.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Vittorio Cafiero, Angelo Canevari.  Costume Design by Federico Forquet.  Film Editing by Roberto Perpignani.   A teenage boy is growing into his twenties and looking for…

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