Smooth Talk (1985)

JOYCE CHOPRA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB United Kingdom/USA, 1985. American Playhouse, Goldcrest Films International, Nepenthe Productions, Palmyra Films. Screenplay by Tom Cole, based on the story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates. Cinematography by James Glennon. Produced by Martin Rosen. Music by Russ Kunkel, George Massenburg, Bill…

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Daughters of The Dust (1991)

JULIE DASH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB USA/Germany, 1991.  American Playhouse, Geechee Girls, WMG Film.  Screenplay by Julie Dash.  Cinematography by Arthur Jafa.  Produced by Julie Dash, Arthur Jafa, Steven Jones.  Music by John Barnes.  Production Design by Kerry Marshall.  Costume Design by Arline Burks Gant.  Film Editing by Joseph Burton, Amy Carey.  At…

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El Norte (1983)

GREGORY NAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1983.  American Playhouse, Channel Four Films, Independent Productions, Island Alive, Public Broadcasting Service.  Story by Gregory Nava, Screenplay by Anna Thomas.  Cinematography by James Glennon.  Produced by Trevor Black, Bertha Navarro, Anna Thomas.  Music by The Folkloristas.  Production Design by David Wasco.  Costume Design by Hilary Wright.  Film Editing by Betsy Blankett Milicevic.   Brother and…

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My Family (1995)

GREGORY NAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5 Original title:  Mi Familia USA, 1995.  American Playhouse, American Zoetrope, Majestic Films International, Newcomb Productions.  Screenplay by Gregory Nava, Anna Thomas.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman.  Produced by Anna Thomas.  Music by Mark McKenzie.  Production Design by Barry Robison.  Costume Design by Tracy Tynan.  Film Editing by Nancy Richardson.   Multiple generations of a Latino-American family in California are…

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Ethan Frome (1993)

JOHN MADDEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 1993.  American Playhouse, British Broadcasting Corporation, Richard Price.  Screenplay by Richard Nelson, based on the novel by Edith Wharton.  Cinematography by Bobby Bukowski.  Produced by Stan Wlodkowski.  Music by Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Andrew Jackness.  Costume Design by Carol Oditz.  Film Editing by Katherine Wenning. If you could handle the depression of The…

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Swoon (1992)

TOM KALIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  USA, 1992.  American Playhouse, Killer Films.  Screenplay by Tom Kalin, in collaboration with Hilton Als.  Cinematography by Ellen Kuras.  Produced by Christine Vachon.  Music by James Bennett.  Production Design by Therese DePrez.  Costume Design by Jessica Haston.  Film Editing by Tom Kalin.   The tale of Leopold and Loeb, two Depression-era serial killers who rampaged across…

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Amateur (1994)

HAL HARTLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom/France, 1994.  American Playhouse, Channel Four Films, La Sept Cinema, True Fiction Pictures, Union Generale Cinematographique, Zenith Entertainment. Screenplay by Hal Hartley.  Cinematography by Michael Spiller.  Produced by Hal Hartley, Ted Hope.  Music by Hal Hartley, Jeffrey Taylor.  Production Design by Steve Rosenzweig.  Costume Design by Alexandra Welker.  Film Editing by Steve Hamilton….

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Safe (1995)

TODD HAYNES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom/USA, 1995.  American Playhouse Theatrical Films, Killer Films, Chemical Films, Good Machine, Kardana Productions, Channel Four Films, Arnold Semler, American Playhouse, Kardana Films.  Screenplay by Todd Haynes.  Cinematography by Alex Nepomniaschy.  Produced by Christine Vachon, Lauren Zalaznick.  Music by Ed Tomney.  Production Design by David J. Bomba, Clare Scarpulla.  Costume Design by Nancy Steiner.  Film…

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Testament (1983)

LYNNE LITTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1983.  Paramount Pictures, Entertainment Events, American Playhouse.  Screenplay by John Sacret Young, based on the story The Last Testament by Carol Amen.  Cinematography by Steven Poster.  Produced by Jonathan Bernstein, Lynne Littman.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by David Nichols.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Suzanne Pettit.   1983 saw two films…

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Brother’s Keeper (1992)

JOE BERLINGER, BRUCE SINOFSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1992.  American Playhouse, Hand to Mouth Productions.  Cinematography by James D. Cooper, Richard Hissong.  Produced by Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky.  Music by Molly Mason, Jay Ungar.  Film Editing by Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky.   Landmark documentary that began the successful career of director Joe Berlinger. The Ward Brothers are four…

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Longtime Companion (1989)

NORMAN RENE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1989.  American Playhouse, Companion Productions, The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Craig Lucas.  Cinematography by Tony C. Jannelli.  Produced by Stan Wlodkowski.  Music by Greg De Belles.  Production Design by Andrew Jackness.  Costume Design by Walker Hicklin.  Film Editing by Katherine Wenning.   A group of gay men gradually lessen in number as the AIDS epidemic…

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