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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My Golden Days (2015)

ARNAUD DESPLECHIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse France, 2015.  Why Not Productions, France 2 Cinema, Canal+, Cine+, France Televisions, Full House, Canal+, Orange Cinema Series, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Pictanovo Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Soficinéma 11, Cinémage 9, Angoa-Agicoa, Procirep.  Scenario and dialogue by Arnaud Desplechin, Julie Peyr, Scenario consultant Nicolas Saada.  Cinematography…

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The Nun (2013)

GUILLAUME NICLOUX Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB. Original title:  La Religieuse France/Germany/Belgium, 2013.  Rome Paris Films, Societe Nouvelle de Cinematographie.  Screenplay by Guillaume Nicloux, Jerome Beaujour, based on the novel by Denis Diderot. Cinematography by Yves Cape.  Produced by Benoit Quainon.  Music by Max Richter.  Production Design by Olivier Radot.  Costume Design by Anaïs Romand.  Film Editing by Guy Lecorne.    No-frills…

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The Mother And The Whore (1973)

JEAN EUSTACHE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB Original title:  La Maman Et La Putain France, 1973.  Elite Films, Ciné Qua Non, Les Films du Losange, Simar Films,  V.M. Productions.  Screenplay by Jean Eustache.  Cinematography by Pierre Lhomme.  Costume Design by Catherine.  Film Editing by Denise de Casablanca, Jean Eustache.   Four hours of three people having a conversation may not sound like…

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Julie & Julia (2009)

NORA EPHRON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2009.  Columbia Pictures, Easy There Tiger Productions, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Nora Ephron, based on the books Julie & Julia by Julie Powell and My Life In France by Julia Child, Alex Prud’homme.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Nora Ephron, Laurence Mark, Amy Robinson, Eric Steel.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design…

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The Diving Bell And The Butterfly (2007)

JULIAN SCHNABEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   Original title:  Le Scaphandre et le Papillon France/USA, 2007.  Pathé Renn Productions, France 3 Cinéma, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, C.R.R.A.V. Nord Pas de Calais, Région Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Canal+, CinéCinéma, Banque Populaire Images 7.  Screenplay by Ronald Harwood, based on the book by Jean-Dominique Bauby.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Jon Kilik.  Music by Paul…

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