Mothering Sunday (2021)

EVA HUSSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 United Kingdom, 2021. British Film Institute, Film4, Lipsync Productions, Number 9 Films, ZDF/Arte. Screenplay by Alice Birch, Graham Swift. Cinematography by Jamie Ramsay. Produced by Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley. Music by Morgan Kibby. Production Design by Helen Scott. Costume Design by Sandy Powell. Film Editing by Emilie…

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Mary Queen of Scots (1971)

CHARLES JARROTT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB United Kingdom/USA, 1971.  Universal Pictures, Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by John Hale.  Cinematography by Christopher Challis.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Terence Marsh.  Costume Design by Margaret Furse.  Film Editing by Richard Marden. The most celebrated girlfight in western political history is the subject of Hal B. Wallis’…

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Hedda (1975)

TREVOR NUNN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1975.  Bowden Productions Limited.  Screenplay by Trevor Nunn, based on the play Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen.  by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by Robert Enders.  Music by Laurie Johnson.  Production Design by Ted Tester.  Costume Design by John Napier.  Film Editing by Peter Tanner.   The Royal Shakespeare Company production is transferred to film…

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Women In Love (1969)

KEN RUSSELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1969.  Brandywine Productions. Screenplay by Larry Kramer, based on the novel by D.H. Lawrence.  Cinematography by Billy Williams.  Produced by Larry Kramer.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Kenneth Jones.  Costume Design by Shirley Russell.  Film Editing by Michael Bradsell.   Ken Russell’s best film ever is still this excellent adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s racy…

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Sunday, Bloody Sunday (1971)

JOHN SCHLESINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1971.  Vectia, Vic Films Productions.  Screenplay by Penelope Gilliatt.  Cinematography by Billy Williams.   Produced by Joseph Janni.  Music by Ron Geesin.  Production Design by Luciana Arrighi.  Costume Design by Jocelyn Rickards.  Film Editing by Richard Marden.   Glenda Jackson and Peter Finch have nothing in common except two things in this British drama: they both use…

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A Touch Of Class (1973)

MELVIN FRANK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom, 1973.  Brut Productions, Gordon Film Productions, Joseph E. Levine Productions.  Screenplay by Melvin Frank, Jack Rose, based on the story She Loves Me, She Told Me So Last Night by Marvin Frank.  Cinematography by Austin Dempster.  Produced by Melvin Frank.  Music by John Cameron.  Production Design by Terence Marsh.  Costume Design by…

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The Romantic Englishwoman (1975)

JOSEPH LOSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/United Kingdom, 1975.  Dial Films, Les Productions Meric-Matalon.  Screenplay by Tom Stoppard, Thomas Wiseman, based on the novel by Thomas Wiseman.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by Daniel M. Angel.  Music by Richard Hartley.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald.  Costume Design by Ruth Myers.  Film Editing by Reginald Beck.   Splendid adaptation of the novel by Thomas Wiseman,…

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Nasty Habits (1977)

MICHAEL LINDSAY-HOGG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1977.  Bowden Productions Limited.  Screenplay by Robert Enders, based on the novel The Abbess of Crewe by Muriel Spark.   Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by Robert Enders.  Music by John Cameron.  Production Design by Robert Jones.  Film Editing by Peter Tanner.   The makings of what should have been a winning classic somehow…

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Hopscotch (1980)

RONALD NEAME Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1980.  Edie & Ely Landau Inc., A Ronald Neame Film, International Film Investors, Sham Productions.  Screenplay by Brian Garfield, Bryan Forbes, based on the novel by Brian Garfield.  Cinematography by Arthur Ibbetson, Brian W. Roy.  Produced by Edie Landau, Ely A. Landau.  Music by Ian Fraser.  Production Design by William J. Creber.  Costume…

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Beyond Therapy (1987)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1987.  New World Pictures, A Roger Berlind Production, Sandcastle 5 Productions.  Screenplay by Christopher Durang, Robert Altman, based on the play by Christopher Durang.  Cinematography by Pierre Mignot.  Produced by Steven Haft.  Music by Gabriel Yared.  Production Design by Stephen Altman.  Costume Design by John Hay.  Film Editing by Jennifer Auge.   Odd adaptation…

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Salome’s Last Dance (1988)

KEN RUSSELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1988.  Jolly Russell Productions.  Screenplay by Ken Russell, translated by Vivian Russell, based on the play Salome by Oscar Wilde.  Cinematography by Harvey Harrison.  Produced by Penny Corke.  Production Design by Michael Buchanan.  Costume Design by Michael Arrals.  Film Editing by Timothy Gee.   Ken Russell’s best film in years is this energetic adaptation…

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