Inferno (1980)

DARIO ARGENTO Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.   Italy, 1980.  Produzioni Intersound.  Story and Screenplay by Dario Argento.   Cinematography by Romano Albani.  Produced by Claudio Argento.  Music by Keith Emerson.  Production Design by Giuseppe Bassan.  Costume Design by Massimo Lentini.  Film Editing by Franco Fraticelli. Dario Argento puts memorable firepower into the visuals of a film whose narrative leaves plenty to be…

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Lisa And The Devil (1973)

MARIO BAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   Original title:  Lisa e il diavolo Italy/West Germany/Spain/USA, 1973.  Leone International.  Screenplay by Mario Bava, Alfredo Leone.  Cinematography by Cecilio Paniagua.  Produced by Alfredo Leone.  Music by Carlo Savina.  Production Design by Nedo Azzini.  Film Editing by Carlo Reali.   Elke Sommer is terrific as a tourist visiting Spain who is distracted from her walking tour…

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Senso (1954)

LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.   Italy, 1954.  Lux Film.  Story and Screenplay by Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Luchino Visconti, with the collaboration of Carlo Alianello, Giorgio Bassani, Giorgio Prosperi, and dialogue collaboration by Tennessee Williams, Paul Bowles, based on the novel by Camillo Boito.  Cinematography by G.R. Aldo, Robert Krasker.  Produced by Domenico Forges Davanzati.  Production Design by…

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1900 (1976)

BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Novecento Italy/France/West Germany, 1976.  Produzioni Europee Associate, Les Productions Artistes Associés, Artemis Film.  Screenplay by Franco Arcalli, Giuseppe Bertolucci, Bernardo Bertolucci.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Alberto Grimaldi.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Maria Paola Maino, Gianni Quaranta.  Costume Design by Gitt Magrini.  Film Editing by Franco Arcalli. Robert De Niro and Gerard…

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Old-Fashioned World (1941)

MARIO SOLDATI Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  Original title:  Piccolo Mondo Antico Italy, 1941.  Artisti Tecnici Associati, Industrie Cinematografiche Italiane.  Adaptation and Screenplay by Mario Bonfantini, Emilio Cecchi, Alberto Lattuada, Mario Soldati, based on the novel by Antonio Fogazzaro.  Cinematography by Arturo Gallea, Carlo Montuori.  Produced by Carlo Ponti.  Music by Enzo Biliotti.  Production Design by Gastone Medin.  Costume Design by Maria De…

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The Third Man (1949)

CAROL REED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1949.  London Film Productions.  Screenplay by Graham Greene.  Cinematography by Robert Krasker.  Produced by Carol Reed.  Music by Anton Karas.  Production Design by Dario Simoni.  Costume Design by Ivy Baker.  Film Editing by Oswald Hafenrichter.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   Joseph Cotten arrives in Vienna to attend the funeral of a childhood friend who has recently passed away….

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A Month By The Lake (1995)

JOHN IRVIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1995.  Anuline, Miramax.  Screenplay by Trevor Bentham, based on the story by H.E. Bates.  Cinematography by Pasqualino de Santis.  Produced by Robert Fox.  Music by Nicola Piovani.  Production Design by Gianni Giovagnoni.  Costume Design by Lia Francesca Morandini.  Film Editing by Peter Tanner.   Sweet romantic film, beautifully photographed and excellently adapted from the novella…

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Oedipus Rex (1967)

PIER PAOLO PASOLINI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Original title:  Edipo Re Italy/Morocco, 1967.  Arco Film, Somafis.  Screenplay by Pier Paolo Pasolini, based on the play by Sophocles.  Cinematography by Giuseppe Ruzzolini.  Produced by Alfredo Bini.  Production Design by Luigi Scaccianoce.  Costume Design by Danilo Donati.  Film Editing by Nino Baragli.   Extremely strange and shallow but also visually impressive adaptation of Sophocles’ drama….

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The Eyes Without A Face (1960)

GEORGES FRANJU Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  Original title:  Les Yeux Sans Visage France/Italy, 1960.  Champs-Elysees Productions, Lux Film.  Screenplay by Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac, Jean Redon, Claude Sautet, dialogue by Pierre Gascar, based on the novel by Jean Redon.  Cinematography by Eugen Schufftan.  Produced by Jules Borkon.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Auguste Capelier.  Costume Design by Marie Martine.  Film…

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The Paradine Case (1947)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1947.  Selznick International Pictures, Vanguard Films.  Screenplay by David O. Selznick, adaptation by Alma Reville, based on the novel by Robert Hichens.  Cinematography by Lee Garmes.  Produced by David O. Selznick.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by J. McMillan Johnson.  Costume Design by Travis Banton.  Film Editing by Hal C. Kern.   The worst…

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The Spider’s Stratagem (1970)

BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  La Strategia Del Ragno Italy, 1970.  RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, Red Film.  Screenplay by Bernardo Bertolucci, Eduardo de Gregorio, Marilù Parolini, based on the story Tema del Traidor y del Heroe by Jorge Luis Borges.  Cinematography by Franco Di Giacomo, Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Giovanni Bertolucci.  Production Design by Maria Paola Maino.  Costume Design by…

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Suspiria (1977)

DARIO ARGENTO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Italy, 1977.  Seda Spettacoli.  Screenplay by Dario Argento, Daria Nicolodi, based on the book Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey.  Cinematography by Luciano Tovoli.  Produced by Claudio Argento.  Music by Dario Argento, Agostino Marangolo, Massimo Morante, Fabio Pignatelli, Claudio Simonetti.  Production Design by Giuseppe Bassan.  Costume Design by Pierangelo Cicoletti.  Film Editing by Franco Fraticelli.  …

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