China Is Near (1967)

MARCO BELLOCCHIO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  La Cina e Vicina Italy, 1967.  Vides Cinematografica.  Story by Marco Bellocchio, Screenplay by Elda Tattoli, Marco Bellocchio.  Cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli.  Produced by Franco Cristaldi. Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Ugo Novello.  Film Editing by Roberto Perpignani. A political comedy/drama that has lost none of its energy…

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Seduced And Abandoned (1964)

PIETRO GERMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Sedotta e Abbandonata Italy/France, 1964.  Lux Film, Ultra Film, Vides Cinematografica, Lux Compagnie Cinématographique de France.  Story by Pietro Germi, Luciano Vincenzoni, Screenplay by Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Pietro Germi, Luciano Vincenzoni.  Cinematography by Aiace Parolin.  Produced by Franco Cristaldi, Luigi Giacosi.  Music by Carlo Rustichelli.  Production Design by Carlo Egidi.  Costume Design by Angela…

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Cinema Paradiso (1988)

GIUSEPPE TORNATORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Italy/France, 1988.  Cristaldifilm, Les Films Ariane, Rai 3, TF1 Films Production, Forum Picture.  Story by Giuseppe Tornatore, Screenplay by Giuseppe Tornatore, Collaboration with Vanna Paoli.  Cinematography by Blasco Giurato.  Produced by Franco Cristaldi, Giovanna Romagnoli.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Andrea Crisanti.  Costume Design by Beatrice Bordone.  Film Editing by Mario Morra.   A successful,…

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Big Deal On Madonna Street (1958)

MARIO MONICELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  I Soliti Ignoti Alternate title:  The Usual Unidentified Thieves Italy, 1958.  Cinecittà, Lux Film, Vides Cinematografica.  Story by Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Screenplay by Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Mario Monicelli, based on the short story Furto In Una Pasticceria by Italo Calvino.  Cinematography by Gianni Di Venanzo.  Produced by…

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The Organizer (1963)

MARIO MONICELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5 Original title:  I Compagni Alternate titles:  The Organiser, The Strikers Italy/France/Yugoslavia, 1963.   Lux Film, Vides Cinematografica, Méditerrannée Cinéma Production, Avala Film.   Story and Screenplay by Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Mario Monicelli.   Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno.   Produced by Franco Cristaldi.   Music by Carlo Rustichelli.   Production Design by Mario Garbuglia.   Costume…

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White Nights (1957)

LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Le Notti Bianche Italy/France, 1957.  Cinematografica Associati, Intermondia Films, Vides Cinematografica.  Story and Screenplay by Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Luchino Visconti, based on the novel Belye Noci by Fyodor Dostoevsky.  Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno.  Produced by Franco Cristaldi.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Mario Chiari.  Costume Design by Piero Tosi.  Film Editing by Mario…

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Sandra (1965)

LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Vaghe Stelle Dell’Orsa… Alternate title:  Vague Stars Of Ursa Italy, 1965.  Vides Cinematografica.  Story and Screenplay by Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Enrico Medioli, Luchino Visconti.  Cinematography by Armando Nannuzzi.  Produced by Franco Cristaldi.  Production Design by Mario Garbuglia.  Costume Design by Bice Brichetto.  Film Editing by Mario Serandrei.   Claudia Cardinale brings her American husband to…

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Kapo (1960)

GILLO PONTECORVO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Italy/France/Yugoslavia, 1960.  Cineriz, Vides Cinematografica, Zebra Films, Francinex, Lovcen Film.  Screenplay by Gillo Pontecorvo, Franco Solinas.  Cinematography by Aleksandar Sekulovic.  Produced by Franco Cristaldi, Moris Ergas.  Music by Carlo Rustichelli.  Production Design by Aleksandar Milovic.  Costume Design by Clara Poggi.  Film Editing by Roberto Cinquini, Anhela Michelli.   Before making his masterful Battle of Algiers, Gillo…

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Divorce–Italian Style (1961)

PIETRO GERMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Divorzio All’Italiana Italy, 1961.  Lux Film, Vides Cinematografica, Galatea Film.  Story and Screenplay by Ennio De Concini, Pietro Germi, Alfredo Giannetti.  Cinematography by Leonida Barboni, Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Franco Cristaldi.  Music by Carlo Rustichelli.  Production Design by Carlo Egidi.  Costume Design by Dina Di Bari.  Film Editing by Roberto Cinquini.   Wry comedy…

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And The Ship Sails On (1983)

FEDERICO FELLINI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  E La Nave Va Italy/France, 1983.  Rai 1, Vides Produzione, Gaumont, Societa Investimenti Milanese.  Screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tonino Guerra. Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno.  Produced by Franco Cristaldi.  Music by Gianfranco Plenizio.  Production Design by Maria-Teresa Barbasso, Nazzareno Piana, Massimo Razzi.  Costume Design by Maurizio Millenotti.  Film Editing by Ruggero Mastroianni.  Podcast:  My Criterions. This…

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Amarcord (1973)

FEDERICO FELLINI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Italy/France, 1973.  F.C. Produzioni, PECF.  Story and Screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tonino Guerra.  Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno. Produced by Franco Cristaldi.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Danilo Donati.  Costume Design by Danilo Donati.  Film Editing by Ruggero Mastroianni. Podcast:  My Criterions.   One of Fellini’s most beloved films and the beginning of the last…

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Flight Of The Innocent (1993)

CARLO CARLEI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Original title:  La Corsa Dell’Innocente Italy/France, 1993.  Canal+, Cristaldifilm, Fandango, Fildebroc, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, Renn Productions, Rocket Pictures.  Story by Carlo Carlei, Screenplay by Carlo Carlei, Gualtiero Rosella.  Cinematography by Raffaele Mertes.  Produced by Franco Cristaldi, Domenico Procacci.  Music by Carlo Siliotto.  Production Design by Franco Ceraolo.  Costume Design by Mariolina Bono.  Film Editing by Claudio Di…

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