India Song (1975)

MARGUERITE DURAS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 France, 1975. Sunchild Productions, Les Films Armorial. Screenplay by Marguerite Duras. Cinematography by Bruno Nuytten. Produced by Simon Damiani, André Valio-Cavaglione. Music by Carlos D’Alessio. Film Editing by Solange Leprince. Probably the best known of Marguerite Duras’ directorial efforts, this photographically pristine film will frustrate all but…

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Be Pretty And Shut Up (1981)

DELPHINE SEYRIG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original Title: Sois belle et tais-toi! France, 1981. Cinematography by Carole Roussopoulos. Produced by Delphine Seyrig. Film Editing by Carole Roussopoulos, Ioana Wieder. Actress Delphine Seyrig formed the “Les Insoumuses” (the “Disobedient Muses”) collective with filmmakers Carole Roussopoulos and Ioana Wieder after meeting at a video editing…

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Autour De Jeanne Dielman (1975)

SAMI FREY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB France, 1975. Cinematography by Sami Frey. Film Editing by Chantal Akerman, Sami Frey. This is a must-see for fans of either director Chantal Akerman or actress Delphine Seyrig, an intimate and detailed look at their working process while creating Akerman’s 1975 masterpiece Jeanne Dielman 23 Quai Du…

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Golden Eighties (1986)

CHANTAL AKERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Belgium/France/Switzerland, 1986. La Cecilia, Paradise Films, Limbo Film AG, Ministere de la Culture, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.  Screenplay by Pascal Bonitzer, Henry Bean, Chantal Akerman, Jean Gruault, Leora Barish. Cinematography by Gilberto Azevedo. Produced by Martine Marignac. Music by Marc Hérouet….

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Seven Women, Seven Sins (1986)

CHANTAL AKERMAN, MAXI COHEN, VALIE EXPORT, LAURENCE GAVRON, BETTE GORDON, ULRIKE OTTINGER, HELKE SANDER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB France/Austria/Belgium/West Germany/USA, 1986. Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen. Screenplay by Chantal Akerman, Maxi Cohen, Valie Export, Laurence Gavron, Bette Gordon, Ulrike Ottinger, Helke Sander. Cinematography by Ulrike Ottinger. Produced by Maxi Cohen, Maya Faber-Jansen, Brigitte Kramer. Costume…

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Freak Orlando (1981)

ULRIKE OTTINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB West Germany, 1981. Ulrike Oettinger Filmproduktion, Pia Frankenberg Filmproduktion, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen. Screenplay by Ulrike Ottinger. Cinematography by Ulrike Ottinger. Produced by Sibylle Hubatschek-Rahn. Music by Wilhelm Dieter Siebert. Production Design by Ulrike Ottinger. Costume Design by Jorge Jara. Film Editing by Dörte Völz-Mammarella. Painter, photographer and…

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Accident (1967)

JOSEPH LOSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB United Kingdom, 1967. Royal Avenue Chelsea. Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by Nicholas Mosley. Cinematography by Gerry Fisher. Produced by Joseph Losey, Norman Priggen. Music by John Dankworth. Production Design by Carmen Dillon. Costume Design by Beatrice Dawson. Film Editing by Reginald Beck. None…

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A Doll’s House (1973)

JOSEPH LOSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB United Kingdom/France, 1973.  World Film Services.   Screenplay by David Mercer, Michael Meyer, based on the play by Henrik Ibsen.   Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.    Produced by Joseph Losey.  Music by Michel Legrand.   Production Design by Eileen Diss.   Costume Design by John Furniss.  Film Editing by Reginald Beck….

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Mr. Freedom (1969)

WILLIAM KLEIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  France, 1969.  Films du Rond-Point, O.P.E.R.A..  Screenplay by William Klein.  Cinematography by Pierre Lhomme.  Produced by Guy Belfond, Christian Thivat, Michel Zemer.  Music by Michel Colombier, Serge Gainsbourg.  Production Design by Jacques Dugied.  Costume Design by Janine Klein.  Film Editing by Anne-Marie Cotret. Mr. Freedom (former baseball player John Abbey) is a superhero who fights…

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Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? (1966)

WILLIAM KLEIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Qui etes-vous, Polly Maggoo? France, 1966.  Delpire Productions.  Screenplay by William Klein.  Cinematography by Jean Boffety, Robert Boffety.  Produced by Robert Delpire.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Production Design by Bernard Evein.  Costume Design by Janine Klein.  William Klein’s satire of show business has a suspicious attitude towards mid-sixties fashion trends and celebrity culture…

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Documenteur (1981)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/France, 1981.  Ciné Tamaris.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda.  Cinematography by Nurith Aviv, Affonso Beato, Bob Carr.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Film Editing by Bob Gould, Sabine Mamou.   Agnes Varda followed the shooting of her excellent documentary Mur Murs with this intelligent and absorbing fictional film.  It’s about a recently divorced French woman who is getting…

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Muriel, Or The Time Of Return (1963)

ALAIN RESNAIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Muriel ou Le Temps d’un Retour France/Italy, 1963.  Argos Films, Alpha Productions, Eclair, Les Films de la Pleiade, Dear Film Produzione.  Screenplay by Jean Cayrol.  Cinematography by Sacha Vierny.  Produced by Anatole Dauman.  Music by Hans Werner Henze.  Production Design by Jacques Saulnier.  Costume Design by Lucille Mussini.  Film Editing by Kenout Peltier, Eric Pluet….

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