The Wicked Lady (1983)

MICHAEL WINNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.   United Kingdom, 1983.  Golan-Globus Productions, London-Cannon Films.  Screenplay by Leslie Arliss, Michael Winner, additional dialogue by Gordon Glennon, Aimee Stuart, based on the book Life and Death of the Wicked Lady Skelton by Magdalen King-Hall.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan.  Music by Tony Banks.  Production Design by John Blezard.  Costume Design by…

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The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982)

PETER GREENAWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  United Kingdom, 1982.  British Film Institute, Channel Four Television.  Screenplay by Peter Greenaway.  Cinematography by Curtis Clark.  Produced by David Payne.  Music by Michael Nyman.  Production Design by Bob Ringwood.  Costume Design by Sue Blane.  Film Editing by John Wilson. Peter Greenaway’s first narrative film after his more experimental debut The Falls is a beautifully…

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Deja Vu (1997)

HENRY JAGLOM Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Jagtoria Films, Revere Entertainment, The Rainbow Film Company.  Screenplay by Victoria Foyt, Henry Jaglom.  Cinematography by Hanania Baer.  Produced by John Goldstone.  Music by Gaili Schoen.  Production Design by Helen Scott.  Costume Design by Rhona Russell.  Film Editing by Henry Jaglom.   Victoria Foyt (Jaglom’s real life wife and co-writer) strikes up a conversation with…

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Croupier (1998)

MIKE HODGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/United Kingdom/Germany/Ireland, 1998.  ARTE, Channel Four Films, La Sept-Arte, Little Bird, Tatfilm, Westdeutscher Rundfunk. Screenplay by Paul Mayersberg.  Cinematography by Michael Garfath.  Produced by Jonathan Cavendish.  Music by Simon Fisher-Turner.  Production Design by Jon Bunker.  Costume Design by Caroline Harris.  Film Editing by Les Healey.  Stardom for Clive Owen came about thanks to this stylish,…

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Restoration (1995)

MICHAEL HOFFMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/United Kingdom, 1995.  Avenue Pictures, Miramax, Segue Productions, The Oxford Film Company.  Screenplay by Rupert Walters, based on the novel by Rose Tremain.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Sarah Black, Cary Brokaw, Andy Paterson.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Eugenio Zanetti.  Costume Design by James Acheson.  Film Editing by Garth Craven.   Robert…

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Dangerous Beauty (1998)

MARSHALL HERSKOVITZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1998.  Regency Enterprises, Arnon Milchan Productions, The Bedford Falls Company.  Screenplay by Jeannine Dominy, based on the book by Margaret Rosenthal.  Cinematography by Bojan Bazelli.  Produced by Sarah Caplan, Marshall Herskovitz, Arnon Milchan, Edward Zwick.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Norman Garwood.  Costume Design by Gabriella Pescucci.  Film Editing by Arthur…

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Lagaan: Once Upon A Time In India (2001)

ASHUTOSH GOWARIKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  India, 2001.  Aamir Khan Productions, Ashutosh Gowariker Productions Pvt. Ltd., Jhamu Sughand Productions.  Story by Ashutosh Gowariker, Screenplay by Ashutosh Gowariker, Kumar Dave, Sanjay Dayma, dialogue by K.P. Saxena.  Cinematography by Anil Mehta.  Produced by Reena Dutta, Aamir Khan.  Music by A.R. Rahman.  Production Design by Nitin Chandrakant Desai.  Costume Design by Bhanu Athaiya.  Film Editing by…

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The Red Violin (1998)

FRANCOIS GIRARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5 Original title:  Le Violon Rouge Canada/Italy/United Kingdom, 1998.  Rhombus Media, Mikado Film, New Line International, Channel Four Films, Canada Television and Cable Production Fund, Telefilm Canada – Equity Investment Program, CITY-TV, Bravo Arts Channel, Filmfonds Wien, Sony Classical, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, Red Violin Productions Ltd.,…

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Brazil (1985)

TERRY GILLIAM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1985.  Embassy International Pictures.  Screenplay by Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown.  Cinematography by Roger Pratt.  Produced by Arnon Milchan.  Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by Norman Garwood.  Costume Design by James Acheson.  Film Editing by Julian Doyle.  Podcasts:  My Criterions.   Terry Gilliam’s impressive vision of a ‘retro-future’ has lost a little of its…

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Victor/Victoria (1982)

BLAKE EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1982.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Buckhantz-NMC Company, Peerford Ltd., Artista Management, Blake Edwards Entertainment, Ladbroke.  Screenplay by Blake Edwards, based on the screenplay by Reinhold Schünzel, from a concept by Hans Hoemburg.  Cinematography by Dick Bush.  Produced by Tony Adams, Blake Edwards.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Rodger Maus.  Costume Design by Patricia Norris.  Film Editing…

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Braveheart (1995)

MEL GIBSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1995.   Icon Entertainment International, The Ladd Company, B.H. Finance C.V., Icon Productions. Screenplay by Randall Wallace.   Cinematography by John Toll.   Produced by Bruce Davey, Mel Gibson, Alan Ladd Jr..   Music by James Horner.   Production Design by Thomas E. Sanders.   Costume Design by Charles Knode.   Film Editing by…

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Chaplin (1992)

RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom/USA/France/Italy, 1992.  Carolco Pictures, Japan Satellite Broadcasting, Canal+, RCS Video.  Story by Diana Hawkins, Screenplay by William Boyd, Bryan Forbes, William Goldman, based on the books Chaplin His Life And Art by David Robinson, and My Autobiography by Charles Chaplin.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Richard Attenborough, Mario Kassar.  Music by…

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