The Depths (1963)

NIKOS PAPATAKIS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 Original Title: Les Abysses France, 1963. Lenox Films. Screenplay by Jean Vauthier. Cinematography by Jean-Michel Boussaguet. Produced by Nikos Papatakis. Music by Pierre Barbaud. Film Editing by Edwige Bernard, Denise de Casabianca, Pascale Laverrière. Politically controversial director Nico Papatakis made his feature debut with this provocative look…

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The Nun (1966)

JACQUES RIVETTE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  La Religieuse France, 1966.  Rome Paris Films, Societe Nouvelle de Cinematographie.  Screenplay by Jean Gruault, Jacques Rivette, based on the novel by Denis Diderot.  Cinematography by Alain Levent.  Produced by Georges de Beauregard.  Music by Jean-Claude Eloy.  Production Design by Jean-Jacques Fabre, Guy Littaye.  Costume Design by Gitt Magrini.  Film Editing by Denise de Casabianca.   Anna…

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Paris Belongs To Us (1961)

JACQUES RIVETTE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Paris Nous Appartient France, 1961.  Ajym Films, Les Films du Carrosse.  Scenario and dialogue by Jacques Rivette, Jean Gruault.  Cinematography by Charles L. Bitsch.  Produced by Roland Nonin.  Music by Philippe Arthuys.  Film Editing by Denise de Casabianca.   Several giants of French cinema claim that this film, the debut feature by the brilliant…

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General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait (1974)

BARBET SCHROEDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  General Idi Amin Dada: Autoportrait France/Switzerland, 1974.  Le Figaro, Mara Films, Télévision Rencontre, 3ème chaîne ORTF.  Screenplay by Barbet Schroeder.  Cinematography by Nestor Almendros.  Produced by Jean-Francois Chauvel, Charles-Henri Favrod, Jean-Pierre Rassam.  Music by Idi Amin.  Film Editing by Denise de Casabianca.  The Criterion Collection.   Monsters come in all forms, and this disturbing documentary…

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Maitresse (1975)

BARBET SCHROEDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France, 1975.  Les Films du Losange, Gaumont.  Screenplay by Barbet Schroeder, Paul Voujargol.  Cinematography by Nestor Almendros.  Produced by Pierre Andrieux.  Music by Carlos D’Alessio.  Production Design by Roberto Plate.  Costume Design by Karl Lagerfeld.  Film Editing by Denise de Casabianca.   A country bumpkin (Gerard Depardieu) comes to Paris and does a few gigs as a petty…

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Koko: A Talking Gorilla (1978)

BARBET SCHROEDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Koko: Le Gorille Qui Parle France, 1978.  Institut National de L’Audiovisuel, Les Films du Losange.  Cinematography by Nestor Almendros.  Produced by Margaret Menegoz.  Music by Guta Cattoni, Maris Embiricos.  Film Editing by Dominique Auvray, Denise de Casabianca.   Barbet Schroeder’s fascinating documentary follows the life of a gorilla who communicates through sign language,…

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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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Time Regained (1999)

RAOUL RUIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   Original title:  Le temps retrouvé, d’après l’oeuvre de Marcel Proust France/Italy/Portugal, 1999.  Gemini Films, France 2 Cinéma, Les Films du Lendemain, Blu Cinematografica, Madragoa Filmes, Eurimages, Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Procirep.  Screenplay by Raoul Ruiz, Gilles Taurand, based on the novel by Marcel Proust.  Cinematography by Ricardo Aronovich.  Produced by Philippe Saal.  Music…

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