Burn! (Queimada)

GILLO PONTECORVO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Italy/France, 1969.  Produzioni Europee Associate, Les Productions Artistes Associés.  Story and Screenplay by Franco Solinas, Giorgio Arlorio, based on novels by Norman Gant.  Cinematography by Marcello Gatti, Giuseppe Ruzzolini.  Produced by Alberto Grimaldi.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Sergio Canevari.  Costume Design by Marilù Carteny.  Film Editing by Mario Morra.  Toronto International Film Festival 1977. …

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Career Girls (1997)

MIKE LEIGH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  United Kingdom/France, 1997.  Channel Four Films, Thin Man Films, Matrix Films, Channel 4 Television Corporation.  Screenplay by Mike Leigh.   Cinematography by Dick Pope.  Produced by Simon Channing Williams.  Music by Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Tony Remy.  Production Design by Eve Stewart.  Film Editing by Robin Sales. Mike Leigh scores a rare misfire with this drab story…

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Happy As Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018)

ALICE ROHRWACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Italy/Switzerland/France/Germany, 2018.  Tempesta, Amka Films Productions, Ad Vitam Production, Pola Pandora Filmproduktions, Rai Cinema, RSI-Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Arte France, Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Regione Lazio, Office Fédéral de la Culture, Fonds Eurimages du Conseil de l’Europe.  Screenplay by…

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At Eternity’s Gate (2018)

JULIAN SCHNABEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Switzerland/United Kingdom/France/USA, 2018.  Iconoclast, Riverstone Pictures, SPK Pictures.  Screenplay by Jean-Claude Carrière, Louise Kugelberg, Julian Schnabel.  Cinematography by Benoit Delhomme.  Produced by Jon Kilik.  Music by Tatiana Lisovkaia.  Production Design by Stéphane Cressend.  Costume Design by Cecile Vatelot.  Film Editing by Louise Kugelberg, Julian Schnabel.  Golden Globe Awards 2018. It seems incredible after almost forty films have…

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Hadewijch (2009)

BRUNO DUMONT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  France, 2009.  3B Productions, Arte France Cinéma, C.R.R.A.V. Nord Pas de Calais, Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, X-Filme Creative Pool, Cofinova 5, Canal+, CinéCinéma, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Contact Film, Cofinova 4, Soficapital, Région Ile-de-France, Région Nord-Pas-de-Calais.  Screenplay by Bruno Dumont.  Cinematography by Yves Cape. …

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Radiance (Hikari) (2017)

NAOMI KAWASE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  Japan/France, 2017.  Comme des Cinémas, Kino Films, Kumie, MK2 Productions.  Screenplay by Naomi Kawase.  Produced by Naoya Kinoshita, Masa Sawada, Yumiko Takebe.  Music by Ibrahim Maalouf.  Film Editing by Tina Baz.  Cannes Film Festival 2017.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017. Ayame Misaki is excellent as a woman who has been assigned the task of writing…

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Little Dieter Needs To Fly (1997)

WERNER HERZOG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. Germany/United Kingdom/France, 1997.  Werner Herzog Filmproduktion, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, ZDF Enterprises, British Broadcasting Corporation, Arte, Media Ventures, Outpost Studios.  Screenplay by Werner Herzog.  Cinematography by Peter Zeitlinger.  Produced by Lucki Stipetic.  Film Editing by Joe Bini, Glen Scantlebury, Rainer Standke.   Werner Herzog investigates the life of Dieter Dengler, shot down over Laos…

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The Other Side of the Wind (2018)

ORSON WELLES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  France/Iran/USA, 2018.  Royal Road Entertainment, Les Films de l’Astrophore, SACI, Americas Film Conservancy.  Screenplay by Oja Kodar, Orson Welles.  Cinematography by Gary Graver.  Produced by Frank Marshall, Filip Jan Rymsza.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Production Design by Polly Platt.  Film Editing by Bob Murawski, Orson Welles.  Orson Welles filmed roughly one hundred hours of footage…

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Transit (2018)

CHRISTIAN PETZOLD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Germany/France, 2018.  Schramm Film, Neon Productions, Arte France Cinéma, ZDF/Arte, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Beauftragter der Bundesregierung für Angelegenheiten der Kultur und der Medien, Filmförderungsanstalt, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.  Screenplay by Christian Petzold, based on the novel by Anna Seghers.  Cinematography by Hans Fromm.  Produced by Antonin Dedet, Florian Koerner…

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Bully (2001)

LARRY CLARK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA/France/United Kingdom, 2001.  StudioCanal, Lions Gate Films, Muse Productions, Blacklist Films, Gravity Entertainment.  Screenplay by David McKenna, Roger Pullis, based on the book by Jim Schutze.  Cinematography by Steve Gainer.  Produced by Chris Hanley, Don Murphy, Fernando Sulichin.  Production Design by Linda Burton.  Costume Design by Carleen Ileana Rosado.  Film Editing by Andrew Hafitz.  Larry…

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Dalida Pour Toujours (1977)

MICHEL DUMOULIN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  France, 1977.  Productions Orlando.  Produced by Orlando.   Among the most popular singers of her day, and reportedly the most celebrated in France’s music history, Dalida (born Iolanda Gigliotti in Cairo to Italian parents) is still beloved by many a music fan (you can still hear remixes of her songs on a…

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Mandabi (1968)

OUSMANE SEMBENE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  France/Senegal, 1968.   Comptoir Français du Film Production, Filmi Domirev.   Screenplay by Ousmane Sembene.  Cinematography by Paul Soulignac.  Produced by Robert de Nesle.  Film Editing by Gilbert Kikoine, Max Saldinger.   Ousmane Sembene applies his brittle comedic skill to a tale of tragedy in a small village.  A man who has been suffering a lengthy…

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