The American Friend (1977)

WIM WENDERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:   Der Amerikanische Freund West Germany/France, 1977.  Bavaria Film, Filmverlag der Autoren, Les Films du Losange, Road Movies Filmproduktion, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Wim Wenders Productions, Wim Wenders Stiftung.  Screenplay by Wim Wenders, based on the novel Ripley’s Game by Patricia Highsmith.  Cinematography by Robby Muller.  Produced by Joachim von Mengershausen, Wim…

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One, Two, Three (1961)

BILLY WILDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1961.  Bavaria Film, The Mirisch Corporation, Pyramid Productions.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, based on the play Egy, Ketto, Harom by Ferenc Molnar. Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by Andre Previn.  Production Design by Robert Stratil, Heinrich Weidemann.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.   James Cagney gives a terrific…

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Mostly Martha (2001)

SANDRA NETTELBECK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Original title:  Bella Martha Germany/Italy/Austria/Switzerland, 2001.   ARTE, Bavaria Film, Kinowelt Filmproduktion, Palomar, Pandora Filmproduktion, Prisma Film, Rai Cinemafiction, SRG SSR Idee Suisse, Schweizer Fernsehen, Sudwestrundfunk, T&C Film AG, Teleclub AG, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Osterreichischer Rundfunk.  Screenplay by Sandra Nettelbeck.  Cinematography by Michael Bertl.   Produced by Karl Baumgartner, Christine Berg, Christoph Friedel.  Music by Steven…

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Decision Before Dawn (1951)

ANATOLE LITVAK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1951.  Twentieth Century Fox, Bavaria Film.  Screenplay by Peter Viertel, based on the novel Call It Treason by George Howe.  Cinematography by Franz Planer.  Produced by Anatole Litvak, Frank McCarthy.  Music by Franz Waxman.  Production Design by Noel Howard.  Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.   Twentieth century-Fox head Darryl Zanuck liked to temper the…

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Nowhere In Africa (2001)

CAROLINE LINK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Original title:  Nirgendwo In Afrika Germany, 2001.  Bavaria Film, Bavaria Filmverleih- und Produktions GmbH, Bayerischer Banken-Fonds, Beauftragter der Bundesregierung für Angelegenheiten der Kultur und der Medien, Constantin Film, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmförderungsanstalt, MTM Cineteve, Media Cooperation One.  Screenplay by Caroline Link, based on the novel by Stefanie Zweig.  Cinematography by Gernot Roll.  Produced by…

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The Man Without A Past (2002)

AKI KAURISMAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Original title:  Mies Vailla Menneisyytta Finland/Germany/France, 2002.  Bavaria Film, Pyramide Productions, Pandora Filmproduktion, Sputnik, Yleisradio.  Screenplay by Aki Kaurismaki.  Cinematography by Timo Salminen.  Produced by Aki Kaurismaki.  Production Design by Markku Pätilä.  Costume Design by Outi Harjupatana.  Film Editing by Timo Linnasalo.  Academy Awards 2002.  Cannes Film Festival 2002.  European Film Awards 2002.  Toronto International Film Festival 2002….

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Das Boot (1981)

WOLFGANG PETERSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  West Germany, 1981.  Bavaria Film, Radiant Film GmbH, Süddeutscher Rundfunk, Westdeutscher Rundfunk.  Screenplay by Wolfgang Petersen, based on the novel by Lothar G. Buchheim.  Cinematography by Jost Vacano.  Produced by Ortwin Freyermuth, Günter Rohrbach.  Music by Klaus Doldinger.  Production Design by Rolf Zehetbauer.  Costume Design by Monika Bauert.  Film Editing by Hannes Nikel.   The tension is…

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The Time Of The Wolf (2003)

MICHAEL HANEKE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Original title:  Le Temps Du Loup France/Austria/Germany, 2003.  Arte France Cinéma, Bavaria Film, Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Eurimages, France 3 Cinéma, Les Films du Losange, Wega Film.  Screenplay by Michael Haneke. Cinematography by Jurgen Jurges.  Produced by Veit Heiduschka, Margaret Menegoz.  Production Design by Christoph Kanter.  Costume Design by Lisy Christl.  Film Editing by…

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Code Unknown (2000)

MICHAEL HANEKE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   Original title:  Code Inconnu: Recit Incomplet De Divers Voyages France/Germany/Romania, 2000.  Arte France Cinéma, Bavaria Film, Canal+, Filmex, France 2 Cinéma, Les Films Alain Sarde, MK2 Productions, Romanian Culture Ministry, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Screenplay by Michael Haneke.  Cinematography by Jurgen Jurges.  Produced by Marin Karmitz, Alain Sarde.  Music by Giba Gonçalves.  Production Design by Emmanuel de…

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Cache (2005)

MICHAEL HANEKE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  France/Austria/Germany/Italy, 2005.  Les Films du Losange, Wega Film, Bavaria Film, BIM Distribuzione, France 3 Cinema, Arte France Cinema, Eurimages, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Canal+, ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, StudioCanal, Österreichisches Filminstitut,  Filmfonds Wien,  Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen.  Screenplay by Michael Haneke.  Cinematography by Christian Berger.  Produced by Veit Heiduschka.  Production Design by Emmanuel de Chauvigny, Christoph Kanter. Costume…

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Bloodline (1979)

TERENCE YOUNG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/West Germany, 1979.  Bavaria Film, NF Geria III-Produktion München.  Screenplay by Laird Koenig, based on the novel by Sidney Sheldon.  Cinematography by Freddie Young.  Produced by Sidney Beckerman, David V. Picker.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Enrico Sabbatini.  Film Editing by Bud Molin.   A pharmaceutical tycoon is murdered on a…

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Smilla’s Sense Of Snow (1997)

BILLE AUGUST Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Denmark/Germany/Sweden, 1997.  Bavaria Film, Constantin Film, Det Danske Filminstitut, Greenland Film Production, Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond, Smilla Film A-S.   Screenplay by Ann Biderman, based on the novel Froken Smillas Fornemmelse for Sne by Peter Hoeg.  Cinematography by Jorgen Persson.  Produced by Bernd Eichinger, Martin Moszkowicz.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design…

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