Prospero’s Books (1991)

PETER GREENAWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/Netherlands/France/Italy/Japan, 1991.  Allarts, Cinéa, Caméra One, Penta Film, Elsevier-Vendex Film Beheer, Channel 4 International, Vrijzinnig Protestantse Radio Omroep, Canal+, NHK, Pierson, Heldring & Pierson N.V., Palace Pictures.  Screenplay by Peter Greenaway, based on the play The Tempest by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Sacha Vierny.  Produced by Kees Kasander.  Music by…

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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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Le Polygraphe (1996)

ROBERT LEPAGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Canada/France/Germany, 1996.  In Extremis Images, Cinéa, Road Movies Dritte Produktionen, Canadian Government, Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Gouvernement du Québec, Ministere de la Culture, Societe de Developpement des Entreprises Culturelles, Téléfilm Canada.  Screenplay by Marie Brassard, Patrick Goyette, Robert Lepage, Michael MacKenzie.  Cinematography by Guy Dufaux.  Produced by Philippe Carcassonne, Ulrich Felsberg,…

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The Confessional (1995)

ROBERT LEPAGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  Le Confessionnal Canada/United Kingdom/France, 1995.  Canal+ Productions, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Channel Four Films, Cinéa, Cinémaginaire Inc., Enigma Productions, European Co-production Fund, Gouvernement du Québec, Société Générale des Industries Culturelles du Québec, Téléfilm Canada.  Screenplay by Robert Lepage.  Cinematography by Alain Dostie.  Produced by Philippe Carcassonne, David Puttnam, Denise…

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No Fear, No Die (1990)

CLAIRE DENIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  S’en Fout La Mort France/West Germany, 1990.  Cinéa, NEF Diffusion.  Screenplay by Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau.  Cinematography by Pascal Marti.  Produced by Francis Boespflug, Philippe Carcassonne.  Music by Abdullah Ibrahim.  Production Design by Jean-Jacques Caziot.  Costume Design by Elisabeth Tavernier.  Film Editing by Dominique Auvray. Claire Denis turns to the world of illegal…

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A Single Girl (1995)

BENOIT JACQUOT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  La Fille Seule France, 1995.  Cinéa, La Sept Cinéma.  Screenplay by Jerome Beaujour, Benoit Jacquot.  Cinematography by Caroline Champetier.  Produced by Philippe Carcassonne, Brigitte Faure.  Production Design by Louis Soubrier.  Film Editing by Pascale Chavance.  Toronto International Film Festival 1995.   Benoit Jacquot was inspired by Agnes Varda’s cool new wave classic Cleo…

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Seventh Heaven (1997)

BENOIT JACQUOT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Le Septieme Ciel France, 1997.  Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Cinéa, Dacia Films, La Sept Cinema.  Screenplay by Benoit Jacquot, Jerome Beaujour.  Cinematography by Romain Winding.  Produced by Georges Benayoun, Philippe Carcassonne.  Production Design by Arnaud de Moleron.  Costume Design by Caroline de Vivaise.  Film Editing by Pascale Chavance.  Toronto International Film…

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Carrington

BBB (out of 5) Christopher Hampton writes and directs this examination of the lifelong friendship between painter Dora Carrington (Emma Thompson) and writer Lytton Strachey (Jonathan Pryce), the only man she ever truly loved. The two leads are stupendous in their performances, both of them completely breaking free of their accustomed film images and presenting…

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Un Coeur En Hiver

CLAUDE SAUTET Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   Stunning drama by Claude Sautet that, along with his masterpiece Nelly Et Monsieur Arnaud, make for two of the best French films of the decade. Daniel Auteuil plays a musician who has a muted, unsatisfying romance with a cellist (Emmanuelle Béart). Performances are letter-perfect in this marvelously understated film…

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