Death Watch (1980)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 Original Title: La Mort En Direct France/West Germany, 1980. Films A2, Gaumont International, Little Bear, Sara Films, Selta Films, Societe Francaise de Production, TV13 Filmproduktion. Screenplay by David Rayfiel, Bertrand Tavernier, Géza von Radványi, based on the novel by David Compton. Cinematography by Pierre-William Glenn. Produced by…

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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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Belle Epoque (1992)

FERNANDO TRUEBA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Spain/Portugal/France, 1992.  Animatógrafo, Eurimages, Fernando Trueba Producciones Cinematográficas, Lolafilms, Sogepaq.  Story by Rafael Azcona, Jose Luis Garcia Sanchez, Fernando Trueba, Screenplay by Rafael Azcona.  Cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine.  Music by Antoine Duhamel.  Production Design by Juan Botella.  Costume Design by Lala Huete.  Film Editing by Carmen Frias.  Academy Awards 1993.   An army deserter happens upon…

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Ridicule (1996)

PATRICE LECONTE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  France, 1996.  Epithète Films, Cinéa, France 3 Cinéma, Canal+, Sofica Investimage 4, PolyGram Audiovisuel, Procirep, Gras Savoye, Centre National de la Cinématographie.  Scenario and dialogue by Remi Waterhouse, Screenplay by Michel Fessler, collaboration with Eric Vicaut.  Cinematography by Thierry Arbogast.  Produced by Frederic Brillion, Philippe Carcassone, Gilles Legrand.  Music by Antoine Duhamel.  Production Design…

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The Wild Child (1970)

FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  L’Enfant Sauvage France, 1970.  Les Artistes Associes, Les Films du Carrosse, Les Productions Artistes Associes.  Scenario, adaptation and dialogue by Jean Gruault, Francois Truffaut, based on the memoir and report Victor de l’Aveyron by Jean Itard.  Cinematography by Nestor Almendros.  Music by Antoine Duhamel.  Production Design by Jean Mandaroux.  Costume Design by…

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Bed And Board (1970)

FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  Original title:  Domicile Conjugale France/Italy, 1970.  Les Films du Carrosse, Valoria Films, Fida Cinematografica.  Screenplay by Francois Truffaut, Claude de Givray, Bernard Revon.  Cinematography by Nestor Almendros.  Produced by Marcel Berbert.  Music by Antoine Duhamel.  Production Design by Jean Mandaroux.  Costume Design by Francoise Tournafond.  Film Editing by Agnes Guillemot.  National Board of Review Awards 1971.  Podcast:  My…

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Stolen Kisses (1968)

FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB. Original title:  Baisers Voles France, 1968.  Les Films du Carrosse, Les Productions Artistes Associes.  Scenario and dialogue by Francois Truffaut, Claude de Givray, Bernard Revon.  Cinematography by Denys Clerval.  Produced by Marcel Berbert, Francois Truffaut.  Music by Antoine Duhamel.  Production Design by Claude Pignot.  Film Editing by Agnes Guillemot.  Academy Awards 1968.  Golden Globe Awards 1968.  National Board…

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Mississippi Mermaid (1969)

FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  La Sirene Du Mississipi France/Italy, 1969.  Les Films du Carrosse, Les Productions Artistes Associes, Produzioni Associate Delphos.  Adaptation and dialogue by Francois Truffaut, based on the novel by Cornell Woolrich.  Cinematography by Denys Clerval.  Produced by Marcel Berbert.  Music by Antoine Duhamel.  Production Design by Claude Pignot.  Costume Design by Yves Saint-Laurent.  Film…

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Pierrot Le Fou (1965)

JEAN-LUC GODARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  France/Italy, 1965.  Films Georges de Beauregard, Rome Paris Films, Societe Nouvelle de Cinematographie, Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica.  Screenplay by Jean-Luc Godard, based on the novel Obsession by Lionel White.  Cinematography by Raoul Coutard.  Produced by Georges de Beauregard.  Music by Antoine Duhamel.  Production Design by Pierre Guffroy.  Film Editing by Francoise Collin.   Jean-Paul Belmondo…

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Weekend (1967)

JEAN-LUC GODARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Alternate title:  Week End France/Italy, 1967.  Comacico, Les Films Copernic, Lira Films, Cinecidi.  Screenplay by Jean-Luc Godard, based on the short story La Autopista del Sur by Julio Cortazar. Cinematography by Raoul Coutard.  Music by Antoine Duhamel.  Film Editing by Agnes Guillemot.   No one would ever accuse Jean-Luc Godard of being a…

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Daddy Nostalgia (1990)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Daddy Nostalgie Alternate title:  These Foolish Things France, 1990.  Cléa Productions, Eurisma, Little Bear, Solyfic.  Directed by Bertrand Tavernier.  Story by Colo Tavernier, Dialogue by Colo Tavernier, Bertrand Tavernier.  Cinematography by Denis Lenoir.  Produced by Adolphe Viezzi.  Music by Antoine Duhamel.  Production Design by Jean-Louis Poveda.  Costume Design by Christian Gasc.  Film Editing by Ariane Boeglin.  Cannes Film…

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Return To The Beloved

BBB.5 (out of 5) Original title:  Retour A La Bien-Aimee Prettily photographed French melodrama, played out in a minor key.   Jacques Dutronc is a pianist who is still burned over the breakup of his marriage to Isabelle Huppert, who is now happily situated with new husband Bruno Ganz.  With thoroughly planned out, almost Chabrol-like delicacy, Dutronc…

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