The World of Jacques Demy (1995)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   Original title:  L’univers de Jacques Demy 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…

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Naked Childhood (1968)

MAURICE PIALAT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  L’Enfance Nue France, 1968.  Parafrance Films, Parc Film, Renn Productions, Les Films du Carrosse.  Screenplay by Arlette Langmann, Maurice Pialat.  Cinematography by Claude Beausoleil.  Produced by Vera Belmont, Guy Benier, Claude Berri, Mag Bodard, Francois Truffaut.   The 400 Blows is a feel-good romantic comedy compared to this excellent exploration of…

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La Separation (1994)

CHRISTIAN VINCENT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  France, 1994.  CMV Produzione Cinematografica, Canal+, D.A. Films, France 2 Cinéma, Renn Productions.  Screenplay by Dan Franck, Christian Vincent, based on the novel by Dan Franck.  Cinematography by Denis Lenoir, Anne Nicolet, Virginie Saint-Martin.  Produced by Claude Berri.  Production Design by Christian Vallerin.  Costume Design by Sylvia Gautrelet.  Film Editing by Francois Ceppi, Veronique Ilie, Laurence Vanier.   Daniel…

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Va Savoir (2001)

JACQUES RIVETTE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/Italy/Germany, 2001.  Pierre Grise Productions, France 2 Cinema, V.M. Productions, Mikado Film, Kinowelt Filmproduktion, Canal+, Cofimage 12, Gimages 4, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Eurimages, Procirep.  Scenario by Pascal Bonitzer, Christine Laurent, Jacques Rivette, dialogue by Pascal Bonitzer, Christine Laurent.  Cinematography by William Lubtchansky.  Produced by Martine Marignac.  Production Design by Emmanuel de Chauvigny.  Costume…

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Three Seats For The 26th (1988)

JACQUES DEMY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Trois Places Pour Le 26 France, 1988.  Renn Productions.  Screenplay by Jacques Demy.  Cinematography by Jean Penzer.  Produced by Claude Berri.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Production Design by Bernard Evein.  Costume Design by Rosalie Varda.  Film Editing by Sabine Mamou.   Jacques Demy’s last film is a pleasant tribute to his favourite genre of musicals.  Yves…

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Tess (1979)

ROMAN POLANSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  France/United Kingdom, 1979.  Renn Productions, Timothy Burrill Productions, Société Française de Production.  Screenplay by Gerard Brach, Roman Polanski, John Brownjohn, based on the novel Tess Of The d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.  Cinematography by Ghislain Cloquet, Geoffrey Unsworth.  Produced by Claude Berri.  Music by Philippe Sarde.  Production Design by Pierre Guffroy.  Costume Design by Anthony Powell.  Film Editing…

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Queen Margot (1994)

PATRICE CHEREAU Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB Original title:  La Reine Margot France/Italy/Germany, 1994.  Renn Productions, France 2 Cinéma, D.A. Films, N.E.F. Filmproduktion und Vertriebs, Degeto Film, Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, WMG Film, RCS Films & TV, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Canal+, Miramax, Eurimages.  Screenplay by Daniele Thompson, Patrice Chereau, dialogue by Daniele…

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L’Homme Blesse (1983)

PATRICE CHEREAU Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB Alternate title:  The Wounded Man France, 1983.  Gaumont, AJO Distribution, Partner’s Productions, Renn Productions, Oliane Productions, Azor Films, France 3 Cinéma.  Screenplay by Herve Guibert, Patrice Chereau.  Cinematography by Renato Berta.  Produced by Claude Berri, Marie-Laure Reyre, Ariel Zeitoun.  Music by Fiorenzo Carpi.  Production Design by Richard Peduzzi.  Costume Design by Caroline de Vivaise.  Film Editing…

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My Best Friend’s Girl (1983)

BERTRAND BLIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  La Femme De Mon Pote France, 1983.  Sara Films, Renn Productions.  Screenplay by Bertrand Blier, Gerard Brach.  Cinematography by Jean Penzer.  Produced by Claude Berri, Alain Sarde.  Music by J.J. Cale.  Production Design by Theobald Meurisse.  Costume Design by Michele Cerf.  Film Editing by Claudine Merlin. Shallow but entertaining comedy about two best friends (Thierry…

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Manon Of The Spring (1986)

CLAUDE BERRI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB Original title:  Manon Des Sources Italy/France/Switzerland, 1986.  DD Productions, Films A2, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, Renn Productions.  Screenplay by Claude Berri, Gerard Brach, based on the novel by Marcel Pagnol.  Cinematography by Bruno Nuytten.  Produced by Pierre Grunstein.  Music by Jean-Claude Petit.  Production Design by Bernard Vezat.  Costume Design by Sylvie Gautrelet.  Film Editing by Herve de Luze,…

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Jean De Florette (1986)

CLAUDE BERRI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  France/Switzerland/Italy, 1986.  DD Productions, Films A2, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, Renn Productions, Télévision Suisse-Romande.  Screenplay by Claude Berri, Gerard Brach, based on the novel by Marcel Pagnol.  Cinematography by Bruno Nuytten.  Produced by Pierre Grunstein.  Music by Jean-Claude Petit.  Production Design by Bernard Vezet.  Costume Design by Sylvie Gautrelet.  Film Editing by Noelle Boisson, Sophie Coussein, Herve de Luze,…

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My Wife Is An Actress

BB.5 (out of 5) Original title:  Ma Femme Est Une Actrice Yvan Attal directs himself and his real-life wife Charlotte Gainsbourg as fictional versions of themselves in this charming comedy-drama. He lives with his actress wife and undergoes all the insecurities that come with the territory, particularly as she has to spend so much time on the…

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