The Guns Of Navarone (1961)

J. LEE THOMPSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1961.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Highroad Productions.  Screenplay by Carl Foreman, based on the novel by Alistair MacLean.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by Carl Foreman.  Music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  Production Design by Geoffrey Drake.  Film Editing by Alan Osbiston.   The British fighting the Nazis during World War II need to get across the…

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Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001)

JOHN MADDEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   United Kingdom/France/USA, 2001.  Universal Pictures, StudioCanal, Miramax, Working Title Films, Free Range Films, Canal+.  Screenplay by Shawn Slovo, based on the novel by Louis de Bernieres.  Cinematography by John Toll.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Mark Huffam, Kevin Loader.  Music by Stephen Warbeck.  Production Design by Jim Clay.  Costume Design by Alexandra Byrne.  Film Editing…

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Anne Of The Thousand Days (1969)

CHARLES JARROTT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1969.  Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by Bridget Boland, John Hale, adaptation by Richard Sokolove, based on the play by Maxwell Anderson.  Cinematography by Arthur Ibbetson.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Maurice Carter.  Costume Design by Margaret Furse.  Film Editing by Richard Marden.   King Henry VIII (Richard Burton)…

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Antigone (1961)

YORGOS JAVELLAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB Original title:  Antigoni Greece, 1961.  Norma Film Productions.  Screenplay by Yorgos Javellas.  Cinematography by Dinos Katsouridis.  Produced by James Paris.  Music by Arghyris Kounadis.  Production Design by Hans Hurch.  Film Editing by Giorgos Tsaoulis.   Anyone with an interest in classical Greek theatre will get much out of this faithful adaptation of Sophocles’ play. Following the death…

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We Still Kill The Old Way (1967)

ELIO PETRI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Original title:  A Ciascuno Il Suo Italy, 1967.  Cemo Film.  Screenplay by Elio Petri, Ugo Pirro, based on the novel by Leonardo Sciascia.  Cinematography by Luigi Kuveiller.  Produced by Giuseppe Zaccariello.  Music by Luis Bacalov.  Production Design by Sergio Canevari.  Costume Design by Luciana Marinucci.  Film Editing by Ruggero Mastroianni.   One of the highlights of Elio Petri’s…

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Zorba The Greek (1964)

MICHAEL CACOYANNIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Original title:  Alexis Zorbas USA/United Kingdom/Greece, 1964.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Mihalis Kakogiannis, based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis.  Cinematography by Walter Lassally.  Produced by Mihalis Kakogiannis.  Music by Mikis Theodorakis.  Production Design by Vassilis Photopoulos.  Costume Design by Anna Stavropoulou.  Film Editing by Mihalis Kakogiannis.    After a young Englishman (Alan Bates) learns that he has…

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Electra (1962)

MICHAEL CACOYANNIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5 Original title:  Ilektra USA/Greece, 1962.  Finos Film.  Screenplay by Mihalis Kakogiannis, based on the play by Euripides.  Cinematography by Walter Lassally.  Produced by Mihalis Kakogiannis.  Music by Mikis Theodorakis.  Production Design by Spyros Vasileiou.  Costume Design by Spyros Vasileiou.  Film Editing by Mihalis Kakogiannis.   Riveting drama adapted from the ancient Greek play by Euripides (which was itself…

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Iphigenia (1977)

MICHAEL CACOYANNIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB Original title:  Ifigeneia Greece, 1977.  Greek Film Center.  Screenplay by Mihalis Kakogiannis, based on the play Iphigeneia At Aulis by Euripedes.  Cinematography by Giorgos Arvanitis.  Produced by Mihalis Kakogiannis.  Music by Mikis Theodorakis.  Production Design by Dionysis Fotopoulos.  Costume Design by Dionysis Fotopoulos.  Film Editing by Takis Giannopoulos, Mihalis Kakogiannis.   Director Michael Cacoyannis fleshes out Euripedes’ Greek…

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A Talking Picture

MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   Original title:  Um Filme Falado Manoel de Oliveira, who was an astonishing 95 at the time he made this film, creates an obviously allegorical but satisfying and memorable film that examines human relations throughout the centuries. A Portuguese history professor (Leonor Silveira) takes her daughter on a tour…

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Anxiety (1998)

MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Original title:  Inquietude Portugal/France/Spain/Switzerland, 1998.  Gemini Films, Instituto Português da Arte Cinematográfica e Audiovisual, Light Night, Madragoa Filmes, Radiotelevisão Portuguesa, Wanda Films.  Screenplay by Manoel de Oliveira, based on the stories Mae de Um Rio by Agustina Bessa-Luis, Os Imortais by Prista Monteiro, and Suzy by Antonio Patricio.  Cinematography by…

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Z (1969)

COSTA-GAVRAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  France/Algeria, 1969.  Valoria Films, Reggane Films, Office National pour le Commerce et l’Industrie Cinématographique.  Screenplay by Jorge Semprun, based on the novel by Vasilis Vasilikos.  Cinematography by Raoul Coutard.  Produced by Jacques Perrin, Ahmed Rachedi.  Music by Mikis Theodorakis.  Production Design by Jacques D’Ovidio.  Costume Design by Piet Bolscher.  Film Editing by Francoise Bonnot.   Jean-Louis Trintignant stars in…

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Bloodline (1979)

TERENCE YOUNG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/West Germany, 1979.  Bavaria Film, NF Geria III-Produktion München.  Screenplay by Laird Koenig, based on the novel by Sidney Sheldon.  Cinematography by Freddie Young.  Produced by Sidney Beckerman, David V. Picker.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Enrico Sabbatini.  Film Editing by Bud Molin.   A pharmaceutical tycoon is murdered on a…

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