Bread And Roses (2000)

KEN LOACH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  United Kingdom/France/Germany/Spain/Italy/Switzerland, 2000.  Parallax Pictures, Alta Films, Alta Produccion, ARTE, BIM Distribuzione, Bac Films, British Screen Productions, British Sky Broadcasting, Cinart, Degeto Film, FilmFour, Filmcoopi Zürich, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, La Sept-Arte, , Road Movies Filmproduktion, Tornasol Films, Westdeutscher Rundfunk.  Screenplay by Paul Laverty.  Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd.  Produced by Rebecca O’Brien.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Martin Johnson.  Costume Design…

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5 Dolls for an August Moon (5 bambole per la luna d’agosto) (1970)

MARIO BAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Italy, 1970.  Produzioni Atlas Consorziate.  Story and Screenplay by Mario di Nardo, based on the novel And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.  Cinematography by Antonio Rinaldi.  Produced by Luigi Alessi.  Music by Piero Umiliani.  Production Design by Giuseppe Aldrovandi.  Costume Design by Giulia Mafai.  Film Editing by Mario Bava. A wealthy industrialist…

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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…

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Naked Violence (I ragazzi del massacro) (1969)

FERNANDO DI LEO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Italy, 1969.  Cineproduzioni Daunia 70, Belfagor Cinematografica.  Story and Screenplay by Fernando Di Leo, Nino Latino, Andrea Maggiore, based on the novel by Giorgio Scerbaneco.  Cinematography by Franco Villa.  Produced by Tiziano Longo.  Music by Silvano Spadaccino.  Production Design by Franco Bottari.  Costume Design by Loredana Longo.  Film Editing by Amedeo Giomini. A teacher is…

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Senso (1954)

LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Italy, 1954.  Lux Film.  Story and Screenplay by Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Luchino Visconti, with the collaboration of Carlo Alianello, Giorgio Bassani, Giorgio Prosperi, and dialogue collaboration by Tennessee Williams, Paul Bowles, based on the novel by Camillo Boito.  Cinematography by G.R. Aldo, Robert Krasker.  Produced by Domenico Forges Davanzati.  Production Design by Ottavio…

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The Bay of Blood (Reazione a catena) (1971)

MARIO BAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Italy, 1971.  Nuova Linea Cinematografica.  Story by Dardano Sacchetti, Franco Barberi, Screenplay by Mario Bava, Giuseppe Zaccariello, Filippo Ottoni, English dialogue by Gene Luotto.  Cinematography by Mario Bava.  Produced by Giuseppe Zaccariello.  Music by Stelvio Cipriani.  Production Design by Sergio Canevari.  Costume Design by Enrico Sabbatini.  Film Editing by Carlo Reali. After a wealthy older woman (Isa…

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Bel Ami (2012)

DECLAN DONNELLAN, NICK ORMEROD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  United Kingdom/Italy, 2012.  Redwave Films, 19 Entertainment, Protagonist Pictures, Rai Cinema.  Screenplay by Rachel Bennette, based on the novel by Guy de Maupassant.  Cinematography by Stefano Falivene.  Produced by Ceri Hughes, Uberto Pasolini.  Music by Lakshman Joseph De Saram, Rachel Portman.  Production Design by Attila Kovacs.  Costume Design by Odile Dicks-Mireaux.  Film Editing by Gavin Buckley,…

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A Matter of Time (1976)

VINCENTE MINNELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  Italy, 1976.  American International Pictures, Coralta Cinematografica, Deux Femmes Service Company, General International Film Company.  Screenplay by John Gay, based on the novel by Maurice Druon.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth.  Produced by Edmund Grainger, Jack H. Skirball.  Music by Nino Oliveiro.  Production Design by Veniero Colasanti, John Moore.  Costume Design by Andretta Ferrero.  Film Editing by Peter…

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Call Me By Your Name (2017)

LUCA GUADAGNINO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Italy/France/Brazil/USA, 2017.  Frenesy Film Company, La Cinéfacture, RT Features, Water’s End Productions, M.Y.R.A. Entertainment, Ministero per I Beni e le Attivita Culturali, Lombardia Film Commission.  Screenplay by James Ivory, based on the novel by André Aciman.  Cinematography by Sayombhu Mukdeeprom.  Produced by Emilie Georges, Luca Guadagnino, James Ivory, Marco Morabito, Howard Rosenman, Peter Spears,…

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A Special Day (Una Giornata Particolare) (1977)

ETTORE SCOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Italy/Canada, 1977.  Compagnia Cinematografica Champion, Canafox Films.  Screenplay by Ruggero Maccari, Ettore Scola, collaboration with Maurizio Costanzo.  Cinematography by Pasqualino de Santis.   Produced by Carlo Ponti.  Music by Armando Trovajoli.  Production Design by Luciano Ricceri.  Costume Design by Enrico Sabbatini.  Film Editing by Raimondo Crociani.  Academy Awards 1977.  Cannes Film Festival 1977.  Golden Globe Awards 2017.  Podcast:  My Criterions. It’s May 8,…

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The Driver’s Seat (Identikit)

BB (out of 5) Elizabeth Taylor appears in one of her strangest films as a woman wandering Italy in search of something bad.  Picking up an assortment of random strangers as companions or random flings, she appears to be emotionally disturbed and out for trouble, the plot jumping around as we see police investigate the messes…

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Madness (Vacanze Per Un Massacro)

BB (out of 5) Made during Joe Dallesandro’s run of Italian productions following the Paul Morrissey horror movies he shot there, this one unfortunately shows director Fernando Di Leo past the prime of his better projects with Luc Merenda.  Dallesandro plays a convict recently escaped from prison who heads to a remote cabin where a stash…

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