The Stranger (Lo straniero) (1967)

LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Italy/France/Algeria, 1967.  Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica, Master Film, Marianne Productions, Casbah Film.  Screenplay by Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Georges Conchon, Luchino Visconti, script revisions by Emmanuel Roblès, based on the novel by Albert Camus.  Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno.  Produced by Alfredo De Laurentiis.  Music by Piero Piccioni.  Production Design by Mario Garbuglia.  Costume Design by Piero … More The Stranger (Lo straniero) (1967)

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The Battle Of Algiers (La Battaglia Di Algeria)

GILLO PONTECORVO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Italy/Algeria, 1965.  Casbah Film, Igor Film.  Screenplay by Gillo Pontecorvo, Franco Solinas.  Cinematography by Marcello Gatti.  Produced by Antonio Musu, Yacef Saadi.  Music by Ennio Morricone, Gillo Pontecorvo.  Production Design by Sergio Canevari.  Costume Design by Giovanni Axerio.  Film Editing by Mario Morra, Mario Serandrei.  Podcast:  My Criterions.  Academy Awards 1966.  Academy Awards 1968.   This marvelous political drama … More The Battle Of Algiers (La Battaglia Di Algeria)

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A Few Days Of Respite (Quelques Jours De Repit)

BB (out of 5) Two men escape from Iran because their sexual orientation has placed them in danger of being killed, and find themselves in a French town hoping to settle into their new home. Despite being in a more “tolerant” country, the men still find themselves in danger considering that their illegal immigration has … More A Few Days Of Respite (Quelques Jours De Repit)

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BBBBB (out of 5) Jean-Louis Trintignant stars in this marvelous political thriller as a prosecutor who turns amateur detective after a liberal Greek politician (Yves Montand) dies in a mysterious “accident” during a peace demonstration in Athens. The army have overthrown the democratic government and are now trying to cover up not only their part in … More Z

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