Beau Pere (1981)

BERTRAND BLIER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  France, 1981.  Sara Films, France 2.   Screenplay by Bertrand Blier, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Sacha Vierny.   Produced by Alain Sarde.   Music by Philippe Sarde.   Production Design by Theobald Meurisse.    Costume Design by Michele Cerf.  Film Editing by Claudine Merlin.   Boston Film Critics Awards 1981….

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Peppermint Soda (1977)

DIANE KURYS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB Original Title: Diabolo menthe France, 1977.  Alexandre Films, Films de L’Alma.   Screenplay by Diane Kurys, Alain Le Henry.  Cinematography by Philippe Rousselot.  Produced by Serge Laski.  Music by Yves Simon.  Production Design by Tony Egry, Laurent Janet, Bernard Madelenat.  Film Editing by Joele Van Effenterre.  National Board…

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Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? (1966)

WILLIAM KLEIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Qui etes-vous, Polly Maggoo? France, 1966.  Delpire Productions.  Screenplay by William Klein.  Cinematography by Jean Boffety, Robert Boffety.  Produced by Robert Delpire.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Production Design by Bernard Evein.  Costume Design by Janine Klein.  William Klein’s satire of show business has a suspicious attitude towards mid-sixties fashion trends and celebrity culture…

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Mon Oncle D’Amerique (1980)

ALAIN RESNAIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  France, 1980.  F Comme Film, StudioCanal, France 2 Cinema, Alamode Film, Christmas In July, Canal+, Cine@, France Televisions, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Ministere de la Culture et de la Communication, Filmforderungsanstalt, Region Ile-de-France, Cinémage 5, Soficinéma 8.  Screenplay by Jean Gruault, based on the writings of Henri Laborit.  Cinematography by Sacha Vierny.  Produced…

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Bed And Board (1970)

FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  Original title:  Domicile Conjugale France/Italy, 1970.  Les Films du Carrosse, Valoria Films, Fida Cinematografica.  Screenplay by Francois Truffaut, Claude de Givray, Bernard Revon.  Cinematography by Nestor Almendros.  Produced by Marcel Berbert.  Music by Antoine Duhamel.  Production Design by Jean Mandaroux.  Costume Design by Francoise Tournafond.  Film Editing by Agnes Guillemot.  National Board of Review Awards 1971.  Podcast:  My…

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Stolen Kisses (1968)

FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB. Original title:  Baisers Voles France, 1968.  Les Films du Carrosse, Les Productions Artistes Associes.  Scenario and dialogue by Francois Truffaut, Claude de Givray, Bernard Revon.  Cinematography by Denys Clerval.  Produced by Marcel Berbert, Francois Truffaut.  Music by Antoine Duhamel.  Production Design by Claude Pignot.  Film Editing by Agnes Guillemot.  Academy Awards 1968.  Golden Globe Awards 1968.  National Board…

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Lacombe Lucien (1974)

LOUIS MALLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB. France/West Germany/Italy, 1974.  Nouvelles Editions de Films, Universal Pictures, Vides Cinematografica, Hallelujah Films.  Screenplay by Louis Malle, Patrick Modiano.  Cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli.  Produced by Louis Malle, Claude Nedjar.  Production Design by Ghislain Uhry.  Costume Design by Corinne Jorry.  Film Editing by Suzanne Baron.  Academy Awards 1974.  Golden Globe Awards 1974.  National Board of Review…

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The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie (1972)

LUIS BUNUEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  Original title:  La Charme Discret De La Bourgeoisie France/Italy/Spain, 1972.  Greenwich Film Productions.  Scenario by Luis Bunuel, in collaboration with Jean-Claude Carriere.  Cinematography by Edmond Richard.  Produced by Serge Silberman.  Production Design by Pierre Guffroy.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Guyot.  Film Editing by Helene Plemiannikov.  Academy Awards 1972.  National Board of Review Awards 1972.  New York…

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The Milky Way (1969)

LUIS BUNUEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Original title:  La Voie Lactee West Germany/Italy, 1969.  Greenwich Film Productions, Fraia Film.  Screenplay by Luis Bunuel, Jean-Claude Carriere.  Cinematography by Christian Matras.  Produced by Serge Silberman.  Music by Luis Bunuel.  Production Design by Pierre Guffroy.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Guyot.  Film Editing by Louisette Hautecoeur. Two modern-day pilgrims (actually beggars) make the journey from France to Spain’s…

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Going Places

BB (out of 5) Original title:  Les Valseuses This cinematic exercise in youthful debauchery is both fascinating and frustrating at the same time. Gerard Depardieu (in one of his earliest film performances) and best pal Patrick Dewaere roam around France by various means, stealing from stores and attacking innocent women before Dewaere receives a very uncomfortable shot to…

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