Roger Corman’s Frankenstein Unbound (1990)

ROGER CORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1990.  The Mount Company.  Screenplay by Roger Corman, F.X. Feeney, based on the novel by Brian Aldiss.  Cinematography by Armando Nannuzzi, Michael Scott.  Produced by Roger Corman, Kobi Jaeger, Thom Mount.  Music by Carl Davis.  Production Design by Enrico Tovaglieri.  Costume Design by Franca Zucchelli.  Film Editing by Mary Bauer, Jay Cassidy.   Roger Corman returns…

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Ludwig

BBB (out of 5) The life of the Bavarian prince who died at 40 after barely twenty years on the throne is covered in this four hour period epic by Luchino Visconti, the film he has making when he had the stroke that would contribute to his death four years later. Helmut Berger in capes is a…

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Adua and Her Friends (Hungry For Love) (Adua e la Compagne)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) With the passing of laws that close the city’s brothels, four prostitutes decide to pool their savings and buy a restaurant in the country with the possibility of upstairs action for extra cash. The restaurant serves as a good retirement plan for when they’re too old to ply their usual wares,…

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Boccaccio ’70

BBB.5 (out of 5) Four movies for the price of one, though at three and a half hours you certainly feel like you’ve had to work for it. Four situations are constructed around erotic folly in the spirit of the titular fourteenth century writer, trying to recapture and expand on the success of Yesterday, Today…

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La Cage Aux Folles

BBBB (out of 5) A gay couple who own a drag cabaret in St. Tropez are pleased when their son comes home for a visit and announces that he is soon to be married. Their delight turns to disappointment, however, when he informs them that his fiancee’s family is very conservative and wouldn’t appreciate their…

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The Damned (La Caduta Degli Dei)

BBBB (out of 5) There’s really no easy way to encapsulate the experience of this film, it is simply one of the most curious epic dramas you will ever have the chance to see. It tells the story of a German family who are torn apart by their disparate personalities and their experiences in surviving…

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Sandra (Vague Stars Of Ursa) (Vaghe Stelle Dell’Orsa…)

BBB (out of 5) Claudia Cardinale brings her American husband to her childhood home, a giant estate owned by her crumbling aristocratic family. There she is reunited with her brother (Jean Sorel), whom she hasn’t seen in a long time and who brings her back to a time in her life before she had anything…

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Pigpen (Pigsty) (Porcile)

BB (out of 5) Pier Paolo Pasolini at his most experimental, and ultimately most difficult. The film runs two story lines side by side: in one, Pierre Clémenti is a soldier of what seem to be mythical times, roaming the beautiful landscape of Mt. Etna and eating the humans he encounters. In the other, Jean-Pierre Léaud is…

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