Butley (1974)

HAROLD PINTER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 United Kingdom/Canada/USA, 1974. Cinévision Ltée, The American Film Theatre. Screenplay by Simon Gray, based on his play. Cinematography by Gerry Fisher. Produced by Ely A. Landau. Production Design by Carmen Dillon. Costume Design by Robin Fraser-Paye. Film Editing by Malcolm Cooke. It’s a pretty harsh turn of…

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The Homecoming (1973)

PETER HALL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB United Kingdom/USA, 1973. Cinévision Ltée, The American Film Theatre. Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on his play. Cinematography by David Watkin. Produced by Ely A. Landau. Production Design by John Bury. Costume Design by Joan Bridge, Elizabeth Haffenden. Film Editing by Rex Pyke. The Royal Shakespeare Company…

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Accident (1967)

JOSEPH LOSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB United Kingdom, 1967. Royal Avenue Chelsea. Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by Nicholas Mosley. Cinematography by Gerry Fisher. Produced by Joseph Losey, Norman Priggen. Music by John Dankworth. Production Design by Carmen Dillon. Costume Design by Beatrice Dawson. Film Editing by Reginald Beck. Cannes…

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The Last Tycoon (1976)

ELIA KAZAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.   USA, 1976.  Academy Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Sam Spiegel.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone, Anthea Sylbert.  Film Editing by Richard Marks.  Academy Awards 1976.  National Board of Review Awards…

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The Go-Between (1971)

JOSEPH LOSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1971.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer British Studios, EMI Films, World Film Services.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by L.P. Hartley.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by John Heyman, Norman Priggen.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Production Design by Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by John Furniss.  Film Editing by Reginald Beck.  Academy Awards 1971.  Cannes Film Festival…

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The Comfort Of Strangers (1990)

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA/Italy/United Kingdom, 1990.  Erre Produzioni, Reteitalia, Sovereign Pictures, The Rank Organisation.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Angelo Rizzoli Jr..  Music by Angelo Badalamenti.  Production Design by Gianni Quaranta.  Costume Design by Giorgio Armani.  Film Editing by Bill Pankow. British travellers in Italy Natasha Richardson and Rupert Everett become the unwitting houseguests of a…

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Mansfield Park (1999)

PATRICIA ROZEMA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1999.  Arts Council of England, British Broadcasting Corporation, HAL Films, Miramax.  Screenplay by Patricia Rozema, based on the novel by Jane Austen.  Cinematography by Michael Coulter.  Produced by Sarah Curtis.  Music by Lesley Barber.  Production Design by Christopher Hobbs.  Costume Design by Andrea Galer.  Film Editing by Martin Walsh.  Toronto International Film Festival 1999.   Patricia Rozema…

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The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981)

KAREL REISZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1981.  Juniper Films.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by John Fowles.  Cinematography by Freddie Francis.  Produced by Leon Clore.  Music by Carl Davis.  Production Design by Assheton Gorton.  Costume Design by Tom Rand.  Film Editing by John Bloom.  Academy Awards 1981.  Golden Globe Awards 1981.   Two stories are woven into one in this…

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The Servant (1963)

JOSEPH LOSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1963.  Elstree Distributors, Springbok Productions.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by Robin Maugham.  Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe. Produced by Joseph Losey, Norman Priggen.  Music by John Dankworth.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald.  Costume Design by Beatrice Dawson.  Film Editing by Reginald Mills.  New York Film Critics Awards 1964.  …

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The Handmaid’s Tale (1990)

VOLKER SCHLONDORFF Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA/Germany, 1990.  Bioskop Film, Cinecom Entertainment Group, Cinétudes Films, Daniel Wilson Productions, Master Partners, Odyssey.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by Margaret Atwood.  Cinematography by Igor Luther.  Produced by Daniel Wilson.  Music by Ryûichi Sakamoto.  Production Design by Thomas A. Walsh.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film Editing by David Ray.   Margaret Atwood’s…

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The Pumpkin Eater (1964)

JACK CLAYTON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1964.  Romulus Films.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by Penelope Mortimer.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by James Woolf.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Edward Marshall.  Costume Design by Sophie Devine.  Film Editing by Jim Clark.  Academy Awards 1964.  Cannes Film Festival 1964.  Golden Globe Awards 1964. This excellent, provocative drama still…

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The Tailor Of Panama (2001)

JOHN BOORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA/Ireland, 2001.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Merlin Films.  Screenplay by Andrew Davies, John Le Carre, John Boorman, based on the novel by John le Carre.  Cinematography by Philippe Rousselot.  Produced by John Boorman.  Music by Shaun Davey.  Production Design by Derek Wallace.  Costume Design by Maeve Paterson.  Film Editing by Ron Davis.   Mind-numbing bore that hardly ever raises…

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