The World of Jacques Demy (1995)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   Original title:  L’univers de Jacques Demy France/Belgium/Spain, 1995.  Canal+ Espana, Canal+, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Ciné Tamaris, DocStar, Institut National de L’Audiovisuel, La Sept-Arte, Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres et du Developpement International, Sofica Valor 2.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda.  Cinematography by Stephane Krausz, Peter Pilafian Georges Strouve.  Music by Michel Colombier, Michel…

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State Of Siege (1972)

COSTA-GAVRAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/Italy/West Germany, 1972.  Reggane Films, Euro International Film, Unidis, Dieter Geissler Filmproduktion.  Story by Costa-Gavras, Franco Solinas, Screenplay by Franco Solinas.  Cinematography by Pierre-William Glenn.  Produced by Jacques Perrin.  Music by Mikis Theodorakis.  Production Design by Jacques D’Ovidio.  Costume Design by Piet Bolscher.  Film Editing by Francoise Bonnot.   An American official (Yves Montand) is kidnapped by political…

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The Young Girls Turns 25 (1993)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.   Original title:  Les Demoiselles Ont Eu 25 ans France, 1993.  Ciné Tamaris.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda.  Cinematography by Alexandre Auffort, Stephane Krausz, Patrick Mounoud, Georges Strouve, Agnes Varda.  Music by Michel Legrand, Jacques Loussier. It’s astounding how much love and affection Agnes Varda packs into 64 very short minutes. On the occasion…

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Himalaya (1999)

ERIC VALLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Himalaya–L’Enfance D’Un Chef Alternate title:  Caravan France/United Kingdom/Switzerland/Nepal, 1999.  Galatée Films, France 2 Cinéma, Les Productions de la Guéville, Les Productions JMH, Antelope Films, National Studio Limited, Bac Films, Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie, British Screen Productions, Fonds Eurimages du Conseil de l’Europe, Télévision Suisse-Romande, La Fondation Gan…

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Cinema Paradiso (1988)

GIUSEPPE TORNATORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Italy/France, 1988.  Cristaldifilm, Les Films Ariane, Rai 3, TF1 Films Production, Forum Picture.  Story by Giuseppe Tornatore, Screenplay by Giuseppe Tornatore, Collaboration with Vanna Paoli.  Cinematography by Blasco Giurato.  Produced by Franco Cristaldi, Giovanna Romagnoli.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Andrea Crisanti.  Costume Design by Beatrice Bordone.  Film Editing by Mario Morra.   A successful,…

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Winged Migration (2001)

JACQUES PERRIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Original title:  Le Peuple Migrateur France/Italy/Germany/Spain/Switzerland, 2001.  Galatée Films, France 2 Cinéma, France 3 Cinéma, Les Productions de la Guéville, Bac Films, Canal+, Pandora Filmproduktion, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Les Productions JMH, Télévision Suisse-Romande, Wanda Visión S.A., Eyescreen S.r.l., Liliane Bettencourt au Nom de la Bettencourt Schuller, Crédit Agricole, Primagaz,…

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Brotherhood Of The Wolf

CHRISTOPHE GANS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.    Original title:  Le Pacte Des Loups Samuel Le Bihan plays a libertine and philosopher of sorts who arrives at a tiny village in the countryside of 17th century France and hears stories of a giant wolf that is terrorizing the women and children of the area but going…

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Donkey Skin (1970)

JACQUES DEMY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Peau D’Ane Alternate title:  Once Upon A Time France, 1970.  Marianne Productions, Parc Film.  Screenplay by Jacques Demy, based on the fairy tale by Charles Perreault.  Cinematography by Ghislain Cloquet.  Produced by Mag Bodard.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Production Design by Jacques Dugied.  Costume Design by Gitt Magrini.  Film Editing by Anne-Marie Cotret.  Podcast:  My Criterions….

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The Young Girls Of Rochefort (1967)

JACQUES DEMY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Les Demoiselles De Rochefort France, 1967.  Madeleine Films, Parc Film.  Screenplay by Jacques Demy.  Cinematography by Ghislain Cloquet.  Produced by Gilbert de Goldschmidt.  Music by Michel Legrand. Production Design by Bernard Evein.  Costume Design by Marie-Claude Fouquet, Jacqueline Moreau.  Film Editing by Jean Hamon.  The Criterion Collection.   Jacques Demy follows the success of The Umbrellas of…

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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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Flight Of The Innocent (1993)

CARLO CARLEI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Original title:  La Corsa Dell’Innocente Italy/France, 1993.  Canal+, Cristaldifilm, Fandango, Fildebroc, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, Renn Productions, Rocket Pictures.  Story by Carlo Carlei, Screenplay by Carlo Carlei, Gualtiero Rosella.  Cinematography by Raffaele Mertes.  Produced by Franco Cristaldi, Domenico Procacci.  Music by Carlo Siliotto.  Production Design by Franco Ceraolo.  Costume Design by Mariolina Bono.  Film Editing by Claudio Di…

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Paris 36

CHRISTOPHE BARRATIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Original title:  Faubourg 36 New Years Eve 1935 is not a good day for vaudeville in Paris. A theatre owner’s debts to a local mob boss have finally caught up with him and he turns ownership of his popular music hall over, leaving its employees and performers without work…

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