The Green Room (1978)

FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. Original title:  La Chambre Verte France, 1978.  Les Films du Carrosse, Les Productions Artistes Associes.  Screenplay by Jean Gruault, Francois Truffaut, based on the short stories The Altar of the Dead, The Way It Came and The Beast In The Jungle by Henry James.  Cinematography by Nestor Almendros.  Produced by Francois Truffaut.  Music by…

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Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

JALIL LESPERT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  France/Belgium, 2014.  Wy Productions, SND Films, Cinéfrance 1888, Hérodiade, Umedia, uFund, Canal+, Orange Cinéma Séries, Cofinova 10, Indéfilms 2, Procirep, Centre National de la Cinématographie.  Scenario, adaptation and dialogue by Marie-Pierre Huster, Jalil Lespert, Jacques Fieschi, with collaboration from Jeremie Guez, Yann Apperry, based on the book by Laurence Benaim.  Cinematography…

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The Bronte Sisters (1979)

ANDRE TECHINE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  Les Soeurs Bronte France, 1979.  Action Films, Gaumont, France 3.  Scenario and dialogue by Pascal Bonitzer, Andre Techine, with the participation of Jean Gruault.  Cinematography by Bruno Nuytten.  Produced by Yves Gasser, Klaus Hellwig, Yves Peyrot.  Production Design by Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko.  Costume Design by Christian Gasc.  Film Editing by Claudine Merlin.   An exquisite period piece…

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The Widow Of Saint-Pierre (2000)

PATRICE LECONTE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  Original title:  La Veuve De Saint-Pierre France/Canada, 2000.  Cinémaginaire Inc., Epithète Films, France 2 Cinéma, France 3 Cinéma.  Screenplay by Claude Faraldo, adaptation by Patrice Leconte.  Cinematography by Eduardo Serra.  Produced by Frederic Brillion, Gilles Legrand.  Music by Pascal Esteve.  Production Design by Ivan Maussion.  Costume Design by Christian Gasc.  Film Editing by Joelle Hache.   Strong…

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Ridicule (1996)

PATRICE LECONTE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  France, 1996.  Epithète Films, Cinéa, France 3 Cinéma, Canal+, Sofica Investimage 4, PolyGram Audiovisuel, Procirep, Gras Savoye, Centre National de la Cinématographie.  Scenario and dialogue by Remi Waterhouse, Screenplay by Michel Fessler, collaboration with Eric Vicaut.  Cinematography by Thierry Arbogast.  Produced by Frederic Brillion, Philippe Carcassone, Gilles Legrand.  Music by Antoine Duhamel.  Production Design…

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Sade (2000)

BENOIT JACQUOT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  France, 2000.  Alicéléo, Canal+, Cofimage 11, RIDICULOUS Pictures, TF1 Films Production.  Screenplay by Jacques Fieschi, Bernard Minoret, based on the novel La Terreur dans le Boudoir by Serge Bramly.  Cinematography by Benoit Delhomme.  Produced by Patrick Godeau.  Music by Valerie Lindon.  Production Design by Sylvaine Chauvelot.  Costume Design by Christian Gasc.  Film Editing by Luc…

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Tosca (2001)

BENOIT JACQUOT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  Italy/France/United Kingdom/Germany, 2001.  Euripide Productions, Integral Film, Veradia Film, France 3 Cinéma, Axiom Films, Seven Stars System, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Arte, Tele+, Canal+, Sofica France Télévision Images, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Filmförderungsanstalt.  Libretto by Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa, from the play La Tosca by Victorien Sardou.  Cinematography by Romain…

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Farewell, My Queen (2012)

BENOIT JACQUOT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. Original title:  Les Adieux A La Reine France/Spain, 2012.  GMT Productions, Les Films du Lendemain, France 3 Cinéma, Morena Films, Canal+, Euro Media France, Ciné+, Invest Image, Région Ile-de-France, La Banque Postale Images 5, Soficinéma 7, Palatine Étoile 9, France Télévision, Angoa, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes…

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Passion (1982)

JEAN-LUC GODARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  France/Switzerland, 1982.  Sara Films, Sonimage, Films A2, Film et Video Productions, Société Suisse de Radiodiffusion et Télévision (SSR).  Screenplay by Jean-Luc Godard.  Cinematography by Raoul Coutard.  Produced by Armand Barbault, Catherine Lapoujade, Martine Marignac.  Production Design by Jean Bauer, Serge Marzolff.  Costume Design by Christian Gasc, Rosalie Varda.  Film Editing by Jean-Luc Godard.   Go ahead and…

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Daddy Nostalgia (1990)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Daddy Nostalgie Alternate title:  These Foolish Things France, 1990.  Cléa Productions, Eurisma, Little Bear, Solyfic.  Directed by Bertrand Tavernier.  Story by Colo Tavernier, Dialogue by Colo Tavernier, Bertrand Tavernier.  Cinematography by Denis Lenoir.  Produced by Adolphe Viezzi.  Music by Antoine Duhamel.  Production Design by Jean-Louis Poveda.  Costume Design by Christian Gasc.  Film Editing by Ariane Boeglin.   Absolutely…

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Chocolat (1988)

CLAIRE DENIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/West Germany/Cameroon, 1988.  Caroline Productions, Cerito Films, Cinémanuel, La Sept Cinéma, Le F.O.D.I.C. Cameroun, MK2 Productions, TF1 Films Production, Wim Wenders Productions.  Screenplay by Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau.  Cinematography by Robert Alazraki.  Produced by Alain Belmondo, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Gerard Crosnier.  Music by Abdullah Ibrahim.  Production Design by Thierry Flamand.  Costume Design by Christian Gasc.  Film Editing…

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Rendez-vous (1985)

ANDRE TECHINE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  France, 1985.  Films A2, T. Films.  Screenplay by Olivier Assayas, Andre Techine.  Cinematography by Renato Berta.  Produced by Alain Terzian.  Music by Philippe Sarde.  Production Design by Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko.  Costume Design by Christian Gasc.  Film Editing by Martine Giordano.   Juliette Binoche appears in her first lead role as an enigmatic young woman whose…

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