Zouzou (1934)

MARC ALLEGRET Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB France, 1934. Les Films H. Roussillon, Productions Arys. Screenplay by Carlo Rim, based on the novel by G. Abatino. Cinematography by Boris Kaufman, Michel Kelber, Jacques Mercanton, Louis Née. Produced by Arys Nissotti. Music by Roger Bernstein, Georges Koger, Louis Wins. Production Design by Lazare Meerson, Alexandre…

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Mr. Klein (1976)

JOSEPH LOSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  France/Italy, 1976.  Lira Films, Adel Productions, Nova Films, Mondial Televisione Film.  Screenplay by Franco Solinas, collaboration with Fernando Morandi.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by Alain Delon.  Music by Egisto Macchi, Pierre Porte.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Colette Baudot, Annalisa Nasalli-Rocca.  Film Editing…

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Le Jour Se Leve (1939)

MARCEL CARNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Alternate title:  Daybreak France, 1939.  Productions Sigma.  Original scenario by Jacques Viot, dialogue by Jacques Prevert.  Cinematography by Philippe Agostini, Andre Bac, Albert Viguier.  Produced by Jean-Pierre Frogerais.  Music by Maurice Jaubert.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Boris Bilinsky.  Film Editing by Rene Le Haneff.   A shot is heard, a man stumbles out an…

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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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Goodbye Again (1961)

ANATOLE LITVAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. Alternate title:  Aimez-Vous Brahms? France/USA, 1961.  Argus Film, Mercury Productions.  Screenplay by Samuel A. Taylor, based on the novel Aimez-vous Brahms? by Francoise Sagan.  Cinematography by Armand Thirard.  Produced by Anatole Litvak.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Film Editing by Bert Bates.   Ingrid Bergman is divine as a Paris interior decorator…

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‘Round Midnight (1986)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/France, 1986.  Little Bear, PECF.  Screenplay by David Rayfiel, Bertrand Tavernier, French translation by Colo Tavernier.  Cinematography by Bruno de Keyzer.  Produced by Irwin Winkler.  Music by Herbie Hancock.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Moreau.  Film Editing by Armand Psenny.   Fictional biography of a jazz musician that could easily be compared…

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The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes (1970)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom, 1970.  The Mirisch Production Company, Mirisch Films, Sir Nigel Films, Phalanx Productions, The Mirisch Corporation.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Cinematography by Christopher Challis.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Miklos Rozsa.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Julie Harris.  Film Editing…

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Irma La Douce (1963)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1963.  The Mirisch Corporation, Phalanx Productions.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on the play by Alexandre Breffort.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Edward L. Alperson, Billy Wilder.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.   The idea here was to reunite the cast and…

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Witness For The Prosecution (1957)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 1957.  Edward Small Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Harry Kurnitz, Adaptation by Lawrence B. Marcus, based on the play by Agatha Christie.  Cinematography by Russell Harlan.  Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..  Music by Matty Malneck.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Edith Head, Joe King.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.   A mind-warping mystery…

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The Apartment (1960)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  USA, 1960.  The Mirisch Corporation.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond.  Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Adolph Deutsch. Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Forrest T. Butler, Irene Caine.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.   Jack Lemmon excels as a low-level office worker who, on occasion, lends his bachelor apartment…

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La Truite (1982)

JOSEPH LOSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  France, 1982.  Gaumont, TF1 Films Production, S.F.P.C., Partner’s Productions.  Adaptation by Monique Lange, Joseph Losey, dialogue by Monique Lange, based on the novel by Roger Vailland.  Cinematography by Henri Alekan.  Produced by Yves Rousset-Rouar.  Music by Richard Hartley.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Annalisa Nasalli-Rocca.  Film Editing by Marie Castro-Vasquez. Sometimes…

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Land Of The Pharaohs (1955)

HOWARD HAWKS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1955.  Continental Company.  Screenplay by William Faulkner, Harry Kurnitz, Harold Jack Bloom.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes, Russell Harlan.  Produced by Howard Hawks.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Mayo.  Film Editing by Vladimir Sagovsky.   The ruler of Egypt (Jack Hawkins) longs to build a monument to his…

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