A Special Day (1977)

ETTORE SCOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   Original title:  Una Giornata Particolare Italy/Canada, 1977.  Compagnia Cinematografica Champion, Canafox Films.  Screenplay by Ruggero Maccari, Ettore Scola, collaboration with Maurizio Costanzo.  Cinematography by Pasqualino de Santis.   Produced by Carlo Ponti.  Music by Armando Trovajoli.  Production Design by Luciano Ricceri.  Costume Design by Enrico Sabbatini.  Film Editing by Raimondo Crociani.   Podcast:  My Criterions. It’s May…

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What? (1972)

ROMAN POLANSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Original title:  Che? Italy/France/West Germany, 1972.  Compagnia Cinematografica Champion, Les Films Concordia, Dieter Geissler Filmproduktion.  Screenplay by Gerard Brach, Roman Polanski.  Cinematography by Marcello Gatti, Giuseppe Ruzzolini.  Produced by Carlo Ponti.  Music by Claudio Gizzi.  Production Design by Aurelio Crugnola.  Costume Design by Adriana Berselli.  Film Editing by Alastair McIntyre Roman Polanski was so certain that…

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The Black Orchid (1958)

MARTIN RITT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1958.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Joseph Stefano.  Cinematography by Robert Burks.  Produced by Marcello Girossi, Carlo Ponti.  Music by Alessandro Cicognini. Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head.  Film Editing by Howard A. Smith. Sophia Loren is in mourning after the death of her husband, working day and night…

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The Passenger (1975)

MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title: Professione: Reporter Italy/Spain/France, 1975.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Compagnia Cinematografica Champion, Les Films Concordia, CIPI Cinematografica S.A..  Story by Mark Peploe, Screenplay by Mark Peploe, Peter Wollen, Michelangelo Antonioni.  Cinematography by Luciano Tovoli.  Produced by Carlo Ponti.  Music by Ivan Vandor.  Production Design by Piero Poletto.  Costume Design by Louise Stjernsward.  Film Editing by Michelangelo Antonioni,…

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Boccaccio ’70 (1962)

VITTORIO DE SICA, FEDERICO FELLINI, MARIO MONICELLI, LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Italy/France, 1962.  Cineriz, Concordia Compagnia Cinematografica, Francinex, Gray-Film.  Screenplay by Giovanni Arpino, Italo Calvino, Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Mario Monicelli, Goffredo Parise, Tullio Pinelli, Brunello Rondi, Luchino Visconti, Cesare Zavattini.  Cinematography by Otello Martelli, Armando Nannuzzi, Giuseppe Rotunno.  Produced by Carlo Ponti.  Music by Nino…

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Operation Crossbow (1965)

MICHAEL ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1965.  Baroda, Bentley Productions, Jason Films, Monica Corp., Monmouth, Pennebaker-Baroda Productions.  Story by Duilio Coletti, Vittoriano Petrilli, Screenplay by Emeric Pressburger, Derry Quinn, Ray Rigby.  Cinematography by Erwin Hillier.  Produced by Carlo Ponti.  Music by Ron Goodwin.  Production Design by Elliot Scott.  Film Editing by Ernest Walter. British intelligence sends three men…

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The Condemned Of Altona (1962)

VITTORIO DE SICA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  Original title:  I Sequestrati di Altona Italy/France, 1962.  Société Générale de Cinématographie, Titanus.  Screenplay by Abby Mann, Cesare Zavattini, based on the play Les Sequestres d’Altona by Jean-Paul Sartre.  Cinematography by Roberto Gerardi.  Produced by Carlo Ponti.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Ezio Frigerio.  Costume Design by Pier Luigi Pizzi.  Film Editing by…

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Old-Fashioned World (1941)

MARIO SOLDATI Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  Original title:  Piccolo Mondo Antico Italy, 1941.  Artisti Tecnici Associati, Industrie Cinematografiche Italiane.  Adaptation and Screenplay by Mario Bonfantini, Emilio Cecchi, Alberto Lattuada, Mario Soldati, based on the novel by Antonio Fogazzaro.  Cinematography by Arturo Gallea, Carlo Montuori.  Produced by Carlo Ponti.  Music by Enzo Biliotti.  Production Design by Gastone Medin.  Costume Design by Maria De…

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Le Doulos (1962)

JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/Italy, 1962.  Compagnia Cinematografica Champion, Rome Paris Films.  Screenplay by Jean-Pierre Melville, based on the novel by Pierre Lesou.  Cinematography by Nicolas Hayer.  Produced by Georges de Beauregard, Carlo Ponti.  Music by Paul Misraki.  Production Design by Daniel Gueret.  Film Editing by Monique Bonnot.   Terrific French detective story by Jean-Pierre Melville. Jean-Paul Belmondo plays a…

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Leon Morin, Priest (1961)

JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Leon Morin, Pretre France/Italy, 1961.  Concordia Compagnia Cinematografica, Rome Paris Films.  Screenplay and dialogue by Jean-Pierre Melville, based on the novel by Beatrix Beck.  Cinematography by Henri Decae.  Produced by Georges de Beauregard, Carlo Ponti.  Music by Martial Solal.  Production Design by Daniel Gueret.  Costume Design by Paulette Breil.  Film Editing by Jacqueline Meppiel.   A French…

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Doctor Zhivago (1965)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1965.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Carlo Ponti Production.  Screenplay by Robert Bolt, based on the novel by Boris Pasternak.  Cinematography by Freddie Young.  Produced by Carlo Ponti.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by John Box.  Costume Design by Phyllis Dalton.  Film Editing by Norman Savage.   David Lean followed his epic Lawrence of Arabia with this equally large and…

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Ugly, Dirty And Bad (1976)

ETTORE SCOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Original title:  Brutti, Sporchi E Cattivi Alternate title:  Down And Dirty Italy, 1976.  Compagnia Cinematografica Champion, Surf Film.  Screenplay by Ruggero Maccari, Ettore Scola, dialogue by Sergio Citti.  Cinematography by Dario Di Palma.  Produced by Carlo Ponti.  Music by Armando Trovajoli.  Production Design by Luciano Ricceri, Franco Velchi.  Costume Design by Danda Ortona.  Film Editing by Raimondo Crociani.  …

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