Common Wealth (2000)

ALEX DE LA IGLESIA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  La Comunidad Spain, 2000.  Antena 3 Televisión, Lolafilms, Vía Digital.  Screenplay by Jorge Guerricaechevarria, Alex de la Iglesia.  Cinematography by Kiko de la Rica.  Produced by Andrés Vicente Gómez.  Music by Roque Baños.  Production Design by Jose Luis Arrizabalaga, Biaffra.  Costume Design by Paco Delgado.  Film Editing by Alejandro Lazaro. Deliciously droll horror comedy…

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F For Fake (1973)

ORSON WELLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Verites Et Mensonges France/Iran/West Germany, 1973.  Janus Film, SACI.  Screenplay by Orson Welles.  Cinematography by Francois Reichenbach.  Produced by Dominique Antoine.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Film Editing by Marie-Sophie Dubus, Dominique Engerer.   Orson Welles concludes his rich and varied career with a meditation on fakery, which to him is an essential part of…

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Second Skin (1999)

GERARDO VERA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Original title:  Segunda Piel Spain, 1999.  Antena 3 Televisión, Lolafilms, Vía Digital.  Original idea by Gerardo Vera, Writer Angeles Gonzalez Sinde.  Cinematography by Julio Madurga.  Produced by Andrés Vicente Gómez.  Music by Roque Baños.  Production Design by Ana Alvargonzalez.  Costume Design by Macarena Soto.  Film Editing by Nicholas Wentworth.   Ariadna Gil discovers a hotel bill in her husband’s pocket that…

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Shanghai Spell (2002)

FERNANDO TRUEBA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  El Embrujo De Shanghai Spain/France/United Kingdom, 2002.  Antena 3 Televisión, Eurimages, Lolafilms, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Pyramide-Orsans Productions, Shanghai Spell, TeleMadrid, Vía Digital.  Screenplay by Fernando Trueba, based on the novel by Juan Marse.  Cinematography by Jose Luis Lopez-Linares.  Produced by Andrés Vicente Gómez, Cristina Huete.  Music by Antoine Duhamel.  Production Design…

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Two Much (1996)

FERNANDO TRUEBA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Spain/USA, 1996.  Fernando Trueba Producciones Cinematográficas, Interscope Communications, Lolafilms, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Sociedad General de Televisión, Touchstone Pictures.  Screenplay by Fernando Trueba, David Trueba, based on the novel by Donald E. Westlake.  Cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine.  Produced by Andrés Vicente Gómez, Cristina Huerte.  Music by Michel Camilo.  Production Design by Juan Botella.  Costume Design by…

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Rowing With The Wind (1988)

GONZALO SUAREZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Remando Al Viento Spain, 1988.  Compañía Iberoamericana de TV, Ditirambo Films, Viking Films.  Screenplay by Gonzalo Suarez.  Cinematography by Carlos Suarez.  Produced by Andrés Vicente Gómez.  Music by Alejandro Masso.  Production Design by Wolfgang Burmann.  Costume Design by Yvonne Blake.  Film Editing by José Salcedo.   Produced in Spain with English actors and dialogue, this is another foray…

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Manolete (2008)

MENNO MEYJES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Alternate title:  Blood & Passion, A Matador’s Mistress, The Passion Within Spain/United Kingdom/France/USA/Germany, 2008.  Iberoamericana Films Producción, Future Films, Manolete Productions, Quinta Communications, Pierce/Williams Entertainment, e-m-s new media, Trivisión S.L., Televisión Española, Canal+ España, Ministerio de Cultura, Ciudad de la Luz.  Screenplay by Menno Meyjes.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Andrés Vicente…

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Jamon Jamon (1992)

BIGAS LUNA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  Spain, 1992.  Lolafilms, Ovídeo TV S.A., Sogepaq.  Screenplay by Cuca Canals, Bigas Luna, dialogue by Quim Monzo.  Cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine.  Produced by Andrés Vicente Gómez.  Music by Nicola Piovani.  Production Design by Gloria Marti-Palanques, Pep Oliver.  Costume Design by Neus Olivella.  Film Editing by Teresa Font.   Boring sex comedy from Spain, about a…

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The Dancer Upstairs (2002)

JOHN MALKOVICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  Spain/USA, 2002.  Fox Searchlight Pictures, Lolafilms, Mr. Mudd, Antena 3 Televisión, Vía Digital.  Screenplay by Nicholas Shakespeare, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine.  Produced by Andrés Vicente Gómez, John Malkovich.  Music by Alberto Iglesias.  Production Design by Pierre-Francois Limbosch.  Costume Design by Bina Daigeler.  Film Editing by Mario Battistel.   For all its…

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Portrait Of Carlos Saura (2004)

JOSE LUIS LOPEZ-LINARES Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB Original title:  Retrato De Carlos Saura Spain, 2004.  Zebra Producciones.  Screenplay by Agustin Sanchez Vidal.  Cinematography by Teo Delgado, Miguel Sales Lopes.  Produced by Jose Velasco.  Film Editing by Fidel Collados.   This documentary triptych through the life and career of Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura is often more entertaining than many of his…

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Goya In Bordeaux (1999)

CARLOS SAURA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Goya En Burdeos Spain/Italy, 1999.  Lolafilms, Italian International Film, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, Vía Digital, Televisión Española.  Screenplay by Carlos Saura.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Andrés Vicente Gómez.  Music by Roque Baños.  Production Design by Pierre-Louis Thevenet.  Costume Design by Pedro Moreno.  Film Editing by Julia Juaniz.   Aging, deaf and suffering from various ailments,…

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Ay, Carmela! (1990)

CARLOS SAURA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Spain/Italy, 1990.  Iberoamericana Films Internacional, Television Espanola, Ellepi Films.  Screenplay by Carlos Saura, Rafael Azcona, based on the play by Jose Sanchis Sinisterra.  Cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine.  Produced by Andrés Vicente Gómez.  Music by Alejandro Masso.  Production Design by Rafael Palmero.  Costume Design by Mercedes Sanchez Rau.  Film Editing by Pablo G. del Amo.   The…

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