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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The Stranger (Lo straniero) (1967)

LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Italy/France/Algeria, 1967.  Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica, Master Film, Marianne Productions, Casbah Film.  Screenplay by Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Georges Conchon, Luchino Visconti, script revisions by Emmanuel Roblès, based on the novel by Albert Camus.  Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno.  Produced by Alfredo De Laurentiis.  Music by Piero Piccioni.  Production Design by Mario Garbuglia.  Costume Design by Piero … More The Stranger (Lo straniero) (1967)

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American Dreamer (1984)

RICK ROSENTHAL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1984.  CBS Theatrical Films.  Story by Ann Biderman, Screenplay by David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf.  Cinematography by Jan de Bont, Giuseppe Rotunno.  Produced by Doug Chapin.  Music by Lewis Furey.  Production Design by Brian Eatwell.  Costume Design by Michael Kaplan.  Film Editing by Anne Goursaud. Made at the height of the popularity of eighties concept comedies, this … More American Dreamer (1984)

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Boccaccio ’70 (1962)

VITTORIO DE SICA, FEDERICO FELLINI, MARIO MONICELLI, LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Italy/France, 1962.  Cineriz, Concordia Compagnia Cinematografica, Francinex, Gray-Film.  Screenplay by Giovanni Arpino, Italo Calvino, Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Mario Monicelli, Goffredo Parise, Tullio Pinelli, Brunello Rondi, Luchino Visconti, Cesare Zavattini.  Cinematography by Otello Martelli, Armando Nannuzzi, Giuseppe Rotunno.  Produced by Carlo Ponti.  Music by Nino … More Boccaccio ’70 (1962)

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All Screwed Up (Tutto A Posto E Niente In Ordine)

BB.5 (out of 5) Two men arrive in Milan from southern Italy in the hopes of taking advantage of the city’s bustling industry to make better lives for themselves. They almost immediately get caught up with two women with whom they start a communal living building, where expenses and duties are distributed and priced under … More All Screwed Up (Tutto A Posto E Niente In Ordine)

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The Organizer (The Organiser) (The Strikers) (I Compagni)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Radical professor on the lam Marcello Mastroianni shows up in Turin in the late 1800s, a city on the verge of revolution. The exploited factory employees are tired of working 14 hour days with only a 30 minute lunch break and are determined to do something about it, but because of their … More The Organizer (The Organiser) (The Strikers) (I Compagni)

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Once Upon A Crime…

BB (out of 5) Inspired by Mario Camerini’s 1960 film Crimen, this mildly amusing comedy of errors never manages to inspire any kind of involvement from its audience. Sean Young and Richard Lewis find a lost dog in Rome and discover that its owner is offering a huge reward for its safe return to her. Both … More Once Upon A Crime…

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