King Kong (1976)

JOHN GUILLERMIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1976.  Dino De Laurentiis Company.  Screenplay by Lorenzo Semple Jr., based on the 1933 screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman, Ruth Rose, from an idea conceived by Merian C. Cooper, Edgar Wallace.  Cinematography by Richard H. Kline.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis.  Music by John Barry.  Production … More King Kong (1976)

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The Witches (Le streghe) (1967)

MAURO BOLOGNINI, VITTORIO DE SICA, PIER PAOLO PASOLINI, FRANCO ROSSI, LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Italy/France, 1967.  Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica, Les Productions Artistes Associes.  Story and screenplay “La Strega Bruciata Viva” by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, collaboration with Cesare Zavattini, Story and screenplay “Senso Civico” and “La Siciliana” by Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Bernardino Zapponi, … More The Witches (Le streghe) (1967)

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Hurricane (1979)

JAN TROELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  USA/Netherlands, 1979.  Dino De Laurentiis Company, Famous Films.  Screenplay by Lorenzo Semple Jr., based on the novel by James Norman Hall, Charles Nordhoff.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Danilo Donati.  Costume Design by Danilo Donati.  Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.  Dino De Laurentiis was so satisfied … More Hurricane (1979)

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Flash Gordon

BBB (out of 5) The popular serial of the 1930s is turned into a film that features terrific special effects, rich production design and an even more unabashed sense of kitsch than the movies whose footsteps it follows (Superman comes to mind).  Sam J. Jones, his dialogue dubbed due to salary disputes with producer Dino … More Flash Gordon

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Barbarella

BB (out of 5) Jane Fonda plays Barbarella, the Queen of the Galaxy, who flies around the universe and helps people with her superpowers. Well, actually, she has no real powers and she only gets herself out of trouble by having sex with men or waiting for them to come and save her. The plus is, … More Barbarella

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Red Dragon

BBB (out of 5) Taking place right before the events depicted in The Silence of the Lambs, this new chapter in the fascination with Hannibal Lecter has Anthony Hopkins return in the role of the famous cannibal that won him an Academy Award eleven years earlier. It begins with Lecter’s capture by brilliant FBI agent Will … More Red Dragon

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U-571

BB.5 (out of 5) Well-intentioned but boring retread of Das Boot that features hunky Matthew McConaughey and a cast of good ole boys (who mysteriously all look the same, I could never tell who was being bumped off) who are sent on a mission to steal a decoding machine from a German U-boat, then end up … More U-571

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