The Destructors (1974)

ROBERT PARRISH Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.    Alternate Title: The Marseille Contract United Kingdom/France, 1974.  Kettledrum Films, PECF.  Screenplay by Judd Bernard.  Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by Judd Bernard.  Music by Roy Budd.  Production Design by Willy Holt.  Costume Design by Andree Demarez.  Film Editing by Willy Kemplen. Anthony Quinn plays an…

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Sundays and Cybele (1962)

SERGE BOURGUIGNON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Les dimanches de Ville d’Avray France/Austria, 1962.  Fidès, Les Films Trocadero, Orsay Films, Terra Film Produktion.  Screenplay by Serge Bourguignon, Antoine Tudal, dialogue by Serge Bourguignon, Bernard Eschasseriaux, based on the novel by Bernard Eschasseriaux.  Cinematography by Henri Decae.  Produced by Romain Pines.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Bernard Evein.  Costume Design by…

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Tempo (2003)

ERIC STYLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Canada/France/Luxembourg/United Kingdom, 2003.  Chesler/Perlmutter Productions, France 2, Grosvenor Park Productions, Le Sabre, Samsa Film.  Screenplay by L.M. Kit Carson, Jeremy Lipp, Jennifer Salt.  Cinematography by Robert Fraisse.  Produced by Georges Campana, Lewis Chesler, David Perlmutter.  Music by John McCarthy.  Production Design by Jean-Pierre Bazerolle, Anne Seibel.  Costume Design by Brigitte Nierhaus. Film Editing by Marvin Lawrene, Caroline…

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Othello (1995)

OLIVER PARKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 1995.  Castle Rock Entertainment, Dakota Films, Imminent Film Productions.  Screenplay by Oliver Parker, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by David Johnson.  Produced by David Barron, Luc Roeg.  Music by Charlie Mole.  Production Design by Tim Harvey.  Costume Design by Caroline Harris.  Film Editing by Tony Lawson.   Director Oliver Parker faithfully adapts…

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Spy Games

BBB (out of 5) Original title:  History Is Made At Night Positively weird European spy comedy featuring Irène Jacob and Bill Pullman as intelligence operatives who are also lovers, their hot-and-cold relationship constantly getting in the way of doing their job well even in life-threatening situations. The film is completely unremarkable, but passes your time easily and has a…

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Babel (2006)

ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/USA/Mexico, 2006.  Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Anonymous Content, Zeta Film, Central Films, Media Rights Capital.  Story by Guillermo Arriaga, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Screenplay by Guillermo Arriaga.  Cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto.  Produced by Steve Golin, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Jon Kilik.  Music by Gustavo Santaolalla.  Production Design by Brigitte Broch.  Costume Design by Gabriela Diaque, Miwako Kobayashi,…

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Burnt By The Sun

BBBBB (out of 5) Original title:  Utomlyonnye solntsem This Russian import is so fantastic that only within its first ten minutes it is better than all of its fellow nominees for Best Foreign-Language Film of 1994 put together. Taking place in the 1930s, it showcases the experiences of a wealthy family summering at their beautiful country…

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Marie Antoinette (2006)

SOFIA COPPOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA/France/Japan, 2006.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Pricel, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation, American Zoetrope, Commission du Film France, Commission du Film Ile-De-France.  Screenplay by Sofia Coppola.  Cinematography by Lance Acord.  Produced by Sofia Coppola, Ross Katz.  Production Design by K.K. Barrett.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Sarah Flack.  Academy Awards 2006.  Cannes Film Festival 2006.  Gotham Awards 2006.  Las…

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