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 desired. … More Inferno (1980)

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Lisa And The Devil (Lisa e il diavolo) (1973)

MARIO BAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  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 after seeing a fresco depicting the … More Lisa And The Devil (Lisa e il diavolo) (1973)

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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 Ottavio … More Senso (1954)

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1900 (Novecento)

BBBB (out of 5) Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu are born on the same day at the very beginning of the twentieth century, one the grandson of the padrone (Burt Lancaster) who has ownership of the peasants who work his land, and the other Lancaster’s own illegitimate son with one of the farm labourers.  They are … More 1900 (Novecento)

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Old-Fashioned World (Piccolo Mondo Antico)

BBB (out of 5) The beginnings of Italy’s risorgimento is the setting of this plush period piece, an early starring vehicle for Alida Valli.  She, a humbly-born young woman, wins the heart of a dreamy, revolution-bent aristocrat (Massimo Serato) who defies his marchesa grandmother and marries beneath his class. The two become subversives whose lives … More Old-Fashioned World (Piccolo Mondo Antico)

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The Third Man

3BBBBB (out of 5) Joseph Cotten arrives in Vienna to attend the funeral of a childhood friend who has recently passed away. Investigation into his friend’s life and business reveal that he was mixed up in a black-market scheme gone awry, and that there is a missing suspect out there who might have information as to … More The Third Man

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A Month By The Lake

BBBB (out of 5) Sweet romantic film, beautifully photographed and excellently adapted from the novella by H.E. Bates.  Vanessa Redgrave plays a single tourist revisiting her favourite resort in Lake Como, one she often frequented as a young woman while her father was still alive. She meets a handsome ex-Major (Edward Fox), but finds his attention … More A Month By The Lake

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