Beau Pere (1981)

BERTRAND BLIER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  France, 1981.  Sara Films, France 2.   Screenplay by Bertrand Blier, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Sacha Vierny.   Produced by Alain Sarde.   Music by Philippe Sarde.   Production Design by Theobald Meurisse.    Costume Design by Michele Cerf.  Film Editing by Claudine Merlin.   Boston Film Critics Awards 1981….

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The Skin (1981)

LILIANA CAVANI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. Original Title: La pelle France/Italy, 1981.  Opera Film Produzione, Gaumont.   Screenplay by Robert Katz, Liliana Cavani, Catherine Breillat, based on the novel by Curzio Malaparte.   Cinematography by Armando Nannuzzi.  Produced by Alain Poire, Renzo Rossellini.   Music by Lalo Schifrin.   Production Design by Dante Ferretti.   Costume Design by…

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Thief (1981)

MICHAEL MANN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1981.  Mann/Caan Productions.  Screen Story and Screenplay by Michael Mann, based on the novel by Frank Hohimer.  Cinematography by Donald E. Thorin.  Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Ronnie Caan.  Music by Tangerine Dream.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Jodie Lynn Tillen.  Film Editing by…

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Possession (1981)

ANDRZEJ ZULAWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/West Germany, 1981.  Gaumont, Oliane Productions, Marianne Productions, Soma Film Produktion.  Original idea by Andrzej Zulawski, Adaptation by Andrzej Zulawski, Frederic Tuten.  Cinematography by Bruno Nuytten.  Produced by Marie-Laure Reyre.  Music by Andrzej Korzynski.  Production Design by Holger Gross.  Costume Design by Ingrid Zore.  Film Editing by Marie-Sophie Dubus, Suzanne Lang-Willar.  Cannes Film Festival 1981.   Breaking…

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Montenegro (1981)

DUSAN MAKAVEJEV Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  Sweden/United Kingdom, 1981.  Europa Film, Smart Egg Productions, Viking Film.  Screenplay by Donald Arthur, Dusan Makavejev, Branko Vucivecic.  Cinematography by Tomislav Pinter.  Produced by Bo Jonsson, Djordje Zecevic.  Music by Kornelije Kovac.  Production Design by Radu Boruzescu.  Costume Design by Inger Pehrsson.  Film Editing by Sylvia Ingemarsson.  Cannes Film Festival 1981.   This film is enjoyable right from…

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Chariots Of Fire (1981)

HUGH HUDSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. United Kingdom, 1981.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Allied Stars Ltd., Enigma Productions.  Screenplay by Colin Welland. Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by David Puttnam.  Music by Vangelis.  Production Design by Jonathan Amberston, Len Huntingford, Anna Ridley, Andrew Sanders.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Terry Rawlings.  Academy Awards 1981.  Cannes Film Festival 1981.  Golden Globe Awards…

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Quartet (1981)

JAMES IVORY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  United Kingdom/France, 1981.   Merchant Ivory Productions, Lyric International, National Film Trustee Company.   Screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, French dialogue by Michel Maingois, based on the novel by Jean Rhys.   Cinematography by Pierre Lhomme.   Produced by Jean-Pierre Mahot, Ismail Merchant.   Music by Richard Robbins.   Production Design by Jean-Jacques Caziot.   Costume Design…

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Heaven’s Gate

B.5 (out of 5) Bleeding heart sentimentality has led many critics to hail this as a misunderstood masterpiece in recent years, but the truth is (and yes, I know better than anyone else) it’s a big, long, boring piece of crap. That’s the most professional and articulate way that I could possibly put it. One…

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Excalibur (1981)

JOHN BOORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1981.  Orion Pictures.  Screenplay by Rospo Pallenberg, John Boorman, adaptation by Rospo Pallenberg, based on the book Le Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Malory.  Cinematography by Alex Thomson.  Produced by John Boorman.  Music by Trevor Jones.  Production Design by Anthony Pratt.  Costume Design by Bob Ringwood.  Film Editing by John Merritt.  Academy Awards 1981.  Cannes Film Festival 1981….

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Tragedy Of A Ridiculous Man (1981)

BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  La Tragedia Di Un Uomo Ridicolo Italy, 1981.  Fiction Cinematografica S.p.a..  Screenplay by Bernardo Bertolucci.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Giovanni Bertolucci.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Costume Design by Lina Nerli Taviani.  Film Editing by Gabriella Cristiani.  Cannes Film Festival 1981.   Middling Bertolucci drama about a cheese factory owner (Ugo Tognazzi) who witnesses…

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Man Of Iron (1981)

ANDRZEJ WAJDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  Czlowiek z Zelaza Poland, 1981.  Film Polski, Zespól Filmowy “X”.  Screenplay by Aleksander Scibor-Rylski.  Cinematography by Edward Klosinski.  Music by Andrzej Korzynski.  Production Design by Allan Starski.  Costume Design by Wieslawa Starska.  Film Editing by Halina Prugar-Ketling.  Academy Awards 1981.  Cannes Film Festival 1981.  New York Film Critics Awards 1981.   Fascinating political film from the great Polish filmmaker…

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