The World of Jacques Demy (L’univers de Jacques Demy) (1995)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  France/Belgium/Spain, 1995.  Canal+ Espana, Canal+, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Ciné Tamaris, DocStar, Institut National de L’Audiovisuel, La Sept-Arte, Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres et du Developpement International, Sofica Valor 2.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda.  Cinematography by Stephane Krausz, Peter Pilafian Georges Strouve.  Music by Michel Colombier, Michel Legrand. Film Editing by Marie-Josee Audiard.  Agnes…

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The French Minister (Quai D’Orsay) (2013)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  France, 2013.  Little Bear, Pathé, France 2 Cinéma, CN2 Productions, Alvy Développement, Canal+, Ciné+, Site 4 View Productions.  Screenplay by Abel Lanzac, Christophe Blain, Bertrand Tavernier, based on the comic book Quai d’Orsay-Chroniques Diplomatiques by Abel Lanzac, Christophe Blain.  Cinematography by Jerome Almeras.  Produced by Frederic Bourboulon, Jerome Seydoux.  Music by Philippe Sarde.  Production Design…

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The Young Girls Turns 25 (Les Demoiselles Ont Eu 25 ans) (1993)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  France, 1993.  Ciné Tamaris.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda.  Cinematography by Alexandre Auffort, Stephane Krausz, Patrick Mounoud, Georges Strouve, Agnes Varda.  Music by Michel Legrand, Jacques Loussier.  Cannes Film Festival 1993. It’s astounding how much love and affection Agnes Varda packs into 64 very short minutes. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary…

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The Judge And The Assassin (Le Juge Et L’Assassin)

  BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   A soldier is released from the army, his psychological scars unexamined, and takes a wife whom he shoots with a gun almost as quickly as he coerces her into wedlock. From there he wanders the countryside raping and murdering shepherds both male and female before finally being…

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‘Round Midnight

BBBB (out of 5) Fictional biography of a jazz musician that could easily be compared to the true stories of Bud Powell and Lester Young, which is made clear in the film’s dedication.  Dexter Gordon is excellent in a rare screen appearance as Dale Turner, a once famous, now aging and ragged saxophone player who has…

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The Princess Of Montpensier (La Princesse de Montpensier)

BBBB (out of 5) Handsome, intelligent period drama based on the novel by Madame de la Fayette, about a minor noblewoman caught in the middle of major political intrigue. Young Marie (an excellent Mélanie Thierry) madly loves Henri de Guise (Gaspard Ulliel) but is devastated when her father forces her to marry the Prince of…

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A Sunday In The Country (Un Dimanche A La Campagne)

BBBB (out of 5) An aging painter lives in the countryside of France and is visited every Sunday by his hard-working son, his daughter-in-law and their children. This particular Sunday there is also a visit from the painter’s free-spirited daughter (Sabine Azéma), who has come to once again shake up the relationships between members of…

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Clean Slate (Coup De Torchon)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France, 1981.  Les Films de la Tour, Films A2, Little Bear.  Directed by Bertrand Tavernier.  Screenplay by Bertrand Tavernier, Jean Aurenche, based on the novel Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson.  Cinematography by Pierre-William Glenn.  Produced by Henri Lassa, Adolphe Viezzi.  Music by Philippe Sarde.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Moreau.  Film Editing by Armand Psenny.  Podcasts:  My…

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Daddy Nostalgia (Daddy Nostalgie) (These Foolish Things)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Absolutely lovely film by Bertrand Tavernier that will not be for all tastes, but those who wish to see something laid back and pleasant should watch it. Dirk Bogarde, in his last film role, plays an aging father who has just begun his recovery from a serious operation….

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