Variety (1983)

BETTE GORDON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA/West Germany/United Kingdom, 1983. Variety Motion Pictures, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, Channel Four Films, New York State Councils for the Arts and Humanities. Original Story by Bette Gordon, Screenplay by Kathy Acker, Jerry Delamater, Peter Koper, additional dialogue by Nancy Reilly. Cinematography by Tom DiCillo, John Foster. Produced…

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It’s My Party (1996)

RANDAL KLEISER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  USA, 1996.  Opala Productions.  Screenplay by Randal Kleiser.  Cinematography by Bernd Heinl.  Produced by Randal Kleiser, Joel Thurm.  Music by Basil Poledouris.  Production Design by Clark Hunter.  Costume Design by Danielle King.  Film Editing by Ila von Hasperg.   In the brief prologue of this touching drama, Eric Roberts learns that he is HIV-positive, which is…

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The Death of Maria Malibran (1972)

WERNER SCHROETER Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBB Original title:  Der Tot Der Maria Malibran West Germany, 1972.  Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Screenplay by Werner Schroeter.  Cinematography by Werner Schroeter.  Produced by Werner Schroeter.  Film Editing by Werner Schroeter, Ila von Hasperg.   You might expect a traditional biopic about the musical legend of the title, provided you have no idea what it…

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Chinese Roulette (1976)

RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5 Original title:  Chinesisches Roulette West Germany/France, 1976.  Albatros Filmproduktion, Les Films du Losange.  Screenplay by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus.  Produced by Michael Fengler, Barbet Schroeder.  Music by Peer Raben. Production Design by Helga Ballhaus, Péter Müller, Kurt Raab.  Film Editing by Ila von Hasperg.   A little girl suffering from a physical…

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