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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Dangerous Moves

BBB (out of 5) Original title:  La Diagonale Du Fou Dry but intelligent drama about the clash of political ideologies over a game of chess. Model Soviet citizen Michel Piccoli arrives in Geneva for a world chess championship against Alexandre Arbatt, a Russian who defected from his home country long ago. Wits are matched and the classic game…

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Paris, Texas (1984)

WIM WENDERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  West Germany/France/United Kingdom, 1984.  Road Movies Filmproduktion, Argos Films, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Channel Four Films, Pro-ject Filmproduktion, Wim Wenders Stiftung.  Screenplay by Sam Shepard, adaptation by L.M. Kit Carson.  Cinematography by Robby Muller.  Produced by Anatole Dauman, Don Guest.  Music by Ry Cooder.  Production Design by Kate Altman.  Costume Design by Birgitta Bjerke.  Film Editing by Peter Przygodda.  Cannes Film…

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La Notte (1961)

MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Italy/France, 1961.  Nepi Film, Sofitedip, Silver Films.  Story and screenplay by Michelangelo Antonioni, Ennio Flaiano, Tonino Guerra.  Cinematography by Gianni Di Venanzo.  Produced by Emanuele Cassuto.  Music by Giorgio Gaslini.  Production Design by Piero Zuffi.  Film Editing by Eraldo Da Roma. Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau are terrific as a wealthy Milanese couple who have…

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The Longest Day (1962)

KEN ANNAKIN, ANDREW MARTON, BERNHARD WICKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1962.  Darryl F. Zanuck Productions, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Cornelius Ryan, additional episodes by Romain Gary, James Jones, David Pursall, Jack Seddon, based on the book by Cornelius Ryan.  Cinematography by Jean Bourgoin, Walter Wottitz.  Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Leon…

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