The Skin (1981)

LILIANA CAVANI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 Original Title: La pelle France/Italy, 1981.  Opera Film Produzione, Gaumont.   Screenplay by Robert Katz, Liliana Cavani, Catherine Breillat, based on the novel by Curzio Malaparte.   Cinematography by Armando Nannuzzi.  Produced by Alain Poire, Renzo Rossellini.   Music by Lalo Schifrin.   Production Design by Dante Ferretti.   Costume Design by…

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Breathe (2014)

MELANIE LAURENT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   Original title:  Respire France, 2014.  Move Movie, Gaumont, Mely Productions, Canal+, Cine@, Sofica Manon 4, Région Languedoc-Roussillon, Centre National De La Cinematographie.  Screenplay by Julien Lambroschini, Mélanie Laurent, based on the novel by Anne-Sophie Brasme.  Cinematography by Arnaud Potier.  Produced by Bruno Levy.  Music by Marc Chouarain.  Production Design by Stanislas Reydellet.  Costume Design by…

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The Death Of Stalin (2017)

ARMANDO IANNUCCI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   France/United Kingdom/Belgium/Canada, 2017.  Quad Productions, Main Journey, Gaumont, France 3 Cinéma, Panache Productions, Canal+, Cine+, France Télévisions, Title Media.  Screenplay by Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin, additional material by Peter Fellows, from a screenplay by Fabien Nury, based on the comic book by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin.  Cinematography by…

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Eaux Profondes (1981)

MICHEL DeVILLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   France, 1981.  Hamster Productions, Gaumont, France 3, Eléfilm.  Screenplay by Florence Delay, Michel Deville, Christopher Frank, based on the novel Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith.  Cinematography by Claude Lecomte.  Produced by Denis Mermet.  Production Design by Didier Massari.  Costume Design by Rosalinde Deville.  Film Editing by Raymonde Guyot.  Jean-Louis Trintignant is married to gorgeous young Isabelle…

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The Marquise Of O (1976)

ERIC ROHMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  Original title:  Die Marquise von O… West Germany/France, 1976.  Janus, Les Films du Losange, Janus Filmproduktion GmbH, Artemis Film, Hessischer Rundfunk, Gaumont.  Screenplay by Eric Rohmer, based on the novella by Heinrich von Kleist.  Cinematography by Nestor Almendros.  Produced by Klaus Hellwig, Barbet Schroeder.  Production Design by Bernhard Frey, Herve Grandsart, Helo Gutschwager,…

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Possession (1981)

ANDRZEJ ZULAWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/West Germany, 1981.  Gaumont, Oliane Productions, Marianne Productions, Soma Film Produktion.  Original idea by Andrzej Zulawski, Adaptation by Andrzej Zulawski, Frederic Tuten.  Cinematography by Bruno Nuytten.  Produced by Marie-Laure Reyre.  Music by Andrzej Korzynski.  Production Design by Holger Gross.  Costume Design by Ingrid Zore.  Film Editing by Marie-Sophie Dubus, Suzanne Lang-Willar.   Breaking up is hard…

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OSS 117: Lost In Rio (2009)

MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Original title:  OSS 117: Rio ne repond plus France, 2009.  Mandarin Films, Gaumont, M6 Films, Canal+, CineCinema.  Screenplay by Jean-Francois Halin, Michel Hazanavicius, based on the character created by Jean Bruce.  Cinematography by Guillaume Schiffman.  Produced by Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer.  Music by Ludovic Bource.  Production Design by Maamar Ech-Cheikh.  Costume Design by Nathalie Chesnais.  Film Editing…

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Grace Of Monaco (2014)

OLIVIER DAHAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Alternate title:  Princess Grace France/USA/Belgium/Italy/Switzerland, 2014.  Stone Angels, YRF Entertainment, Umedia, Lucky Red, TF1 Films Production, Canal+, Gaumont, Od Shots, Silver Reel, uFilm.  Screenplay by Arash Amel.  Cinematography by Eric Gautier.  Produced by Arash Amel, Uday Chopra, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam.  Music by Christopher Gunning.  Production Design by Dan Weil.  Costume Design by Gigi Lepage.  Film Editing by Olivier Gajan.  …

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The Connection (2014)

CEDRIC JIMENEZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  La French France, 2014.  Gaumont, Légende Films, France 2 Cinéma, Canal+, Ciné+, France Télévisions, Scope Pictures, Radio Télévision Belge Francophone, La Wallonie, Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Centre National de la Cinématographie.  Screenplay by Cédric Jimenez, Audrey Diwan.  Cinematography by Laurent Tangy.  Produced by Alain Goldman.  Music by Guillaume Roussel.  Production Design by Patrick Schmitt.  Costume…

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The Gate (2014)

REGIS WARGNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Le Temps Des Aveux Cambodia/France, 2014.  Les Films du Cap, Gaumont, Scope Pictures, Bophana Production, France 3 Cinéma, Orange Cinéma Séries, Ciné+, France Télévisions, Eurimages, Procirep, Angoa-Agicoa, MEDIA Programme of the European Union.  Screenplay by Regis Wargnier, Antoine Audouard, based on the novel Le Portail by Francois Bizot.  Cinematography by Renaud…

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The Bronte Sisters (1979)

ANDRE TECHINE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  Les Soeurs Bronte France, 1979.  Action Films, Gaumont, France 3.  Scenario and dialogue by Pascal Bonitzer, Andre Techine, with the participation of Jean Gruault.  Cinematography by Bruno Nuytten.  Produced by Yves Gasser, Klaus Hellwig, Yves Peyrot.  Production Design by Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko.  Costume Design by Christian Gasc.  Film Editing by Claudine Merlin.   An exquisite period piece…

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The Closet (2001)

FRANCIS VEBER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Le Placard France, 2001.  Gaumont, EFVE, TF1 Films Production, Canal+.  Screenplay and dialogue by Francis Veber.  Cinematography by Luciano Tovoli.  Produced by Patrice Ledoux.  Music by Vladimir Cosma.  Production Design by Hugues Tissandier.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Bouchard.  Film Editing by Georges Klotz. Francis Veber has the ability to make comedies whose feeling is light but whose…

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