The Flowers Of St. Francis (1950)

ROBERTO ROSSELLINI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Francesco, giullare di Dio Italy, 1950.  Cineriz, Rizzoli Film.  Story by Roberto Rossellini, Screenplay by Federico Fellini, Antonio Lisandrini, Felix Morlion, Roberto Rossellini.  Cinematography by Otello Martelli. Produced by Angelo Rizzoli.  Music by Renzo Rossellini.  Production Design by Virgilio March.  Costume Design by Marina Arcangeli.  Film Editing by Jolanda Benvenuti. Roberto Rossellini followed…

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The Barefoot Contessa (1954)

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Italy, 1954.  Transoceanic Film, Figaro.  Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Robert Haggiag, Angelo Rizzoli.  Music by Mario Nascimbene.  Production Design by Arrigo Equini. Costume Design by Fontana.  Film Editing by William Hornbeck.   Ava Gardner is usually defined by her appearance in this movie, and the definition is apt; she’s…

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Juliet Of The Spirits (1965)

FEDERICO FELLINI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  Original title:  Giulietta Degli Spiriti Italy/France, 1965.  Rizzoli Film, Francoriz Production.  Story and Screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano, Brunello Rondi.  Cinematography by Gianni Di Venanzo.  Produced by Henry Deutschmeister, Clemente Fracassi, Angelo Rizzoli.  Music by Nino Rota. Production Design by Giantito Burchiellaro, Luciano Ricceri, E….

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8 ½ (1963)

FEDERICO FELLINI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  Original title:  Otto E Mezzo Italy/France, 1963.  Cineriz, Francinex.  Story by Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Screenplay by Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Federico Fellini, Brunello Rondi.  Cinematography by Gianni Di Venanzo.  Produced by Angelo Rizzoli.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Piero Gherardi.  Costume Design by Piero Gherardi.  Film Editing by Leo Catozzo.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   Following the…

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La Dolce Vita (1960)

FEDERICO FELLINI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  Italy/France, 1960.  Riama Film, Cinecittà, Pathe Consortium Cinema.  Story by Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Screenplay by Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Brunello Rondi.  Cinematography by Otello Martelli.  Produced by Giuseppe Amato, Angelo Rizzoli.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Piero Gherardi.  Costume Design by Piero Gherardi.  Film Editing by Leo Catozzo.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   The…

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Umberto D. (1952)

VITTORIO DE SICA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB Italy, 1952.  Rizzoli Film, Produzione Films Vittorio De Sica, Amato Film.  Screenplay by Cesare Zavattini.  Cinematography by G.R. Aldo.  Produced by Giuseppe Amato, Vittorio De Sica, Angelo Rizzoli.  Music by Alessandro Cicognini.  Production Design by Virgilio Marchi.  Film Editing by Eraldo Da Roma.   A masterpiece! A lovable old man rents a room in a boarding house…

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Red Desert (1964)

MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Il Deserto Rosso Italy/France, 1964.  Film Duemila, Federiz, Francoriz Production.  Screenplay by Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Tonino Cervi, Angelo Rizzoli.  Music by Giovanni Fusco, Vittorio Gelmetti.  Production Design by Piero Poletto.  Costume Design by Gitt Magrini.  Film Editing by Eraldo Da Roma.   More art house brilliance from Michelangelo…

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