La Belle Noiseuse (1991)

JACQUES RIVETTE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  France/Switzerland, 1991.  Pierre Grise Productions, George Reinhart Productions, FR3 Films Production, Centre National du Cinema et de L’Image Animee, Canal+, Investimage 2, Investimage 3, Région Languedoc-Roussillon.  Scenario by Pascal Bonitzer, Christine Laurent, Jacques Rivette, dialogue by Pascal Bonitzer, Christine Laurent, inspired by the novella Le Chef-d’Oeuvre Inconnu by…

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The French Minister (2013)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Original title:  Quai D’Orsay France, 2013.  Little Bear, Pathé, France 2 Cinéma, CN2 Productions, Alvy Développement, Canal+, Ciné+, Site 4 View Productions.  Screenplay by Abel Lanzac, Christophe Blain, Bertrand Tavernier, based on the comic book Quai d’Orsay-Chroniques Diplomatiques by Abel Lanzac, Christophe Blain.  Cinematography by Jerome Almeras.  Produced by Frederic Bourboulon, Jerome Seydoux.  Music…

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Around A Small Mountain (2009)

JACQUES RIVETTE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  France/Italy, 2009.   Original title:  36 vues du Pic Saint Loup Pierre Grise Productions, France 2 Cinema, Cinemaundici, Rai Cinema, Alien Produzioni, Canal+, France 2 (FR2), Centre National De La Cinematographie, Région Languedoc-Roussillon, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Procirep.  Screenplay by Jacques Rivette, Pascal Bonitzer, Christine Laurent, Sergio Castellitto, Shirel Amitay,…

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The Swimming Pool (1969)

JACQUES DERAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Original title:  La Piscine Italy/France, 1969.  Societe Nouvelle de Cinematographie, Tritone Cinematografica.  Screenplay by Jean-Claude Carriere, Jacques Deray, from a story by Alain Page.  Cinematography by Jean-Jacques Tarbes.  Produced by Gerard Beytout.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Production Design by Paul Laffargue.  Costume Design by Andre Courreges.  Film Editing by Paul Cayatte. This erotic drama likely became as…

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Wonderwall (1968)

JOE MASSOT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  United Kingdom, 1968.  Alan Clore Films, Compton Films.  Story by Gerard Brach, Screenplay by Guillermo Cabrera Infante.  Cinematography by Harry Waxman.  Produced by Andrew Braunsberg.  Music by George Harrison.  Production Design by Assheton Gorton.  Costume Design by Jocelyn Rickards.  Film Editing by Rusty Coppleman.   A genuine curiosity from the swinging sixties, made with very little comprehensive plotting to speak…

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Twice Born (2012)

SERGIO CASTELLITTO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Italy/Spain, 2012.  Medusa Film, Alien Produzioni, Mod Producciones, Picomedia, Telecinco Cinema, Sky Cinema, Mediaset, Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, Film Investment Piedmont, Film Commission Torino-Piemonte, Regione Lazio.  Screenplay by Sergio Castellitto, Margaret Mazzantini, based on the novel by Margaret Mazzantini.  Cinematography by Gianfilippo…

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Merci Dr Rey!

ANDREW LITVACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Alternate title:  Merci Docteur Rey France/USA, 2002.  Merchant Ivory Productions, Eat Your Soup Productions.  Screenplay by Andrew Litvack.  Cinematography by Laurent Machuel.  Produced by Rahila Bootwala, Nathalie Gastaldo.  Music by Geoff Alexander.  Production Design by Jacques Bufnoir.  Costume Design by Pierre-Yves Gayraud.  Film Editing by Giles Gardner.   Despite the fact that his mother is the most famous…

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Death On The Nile

BBBB (out of 5) Like Murder On The Orient Express before it, this is an energetic and enjoyable adaptation of an Agatha Christie murder mystery. A group of strangers, old aristocrats and young lovers among them, travel on a barge down the famed Egyptian river and are shocked when one of their passengers, a beautiful…

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Daddy Nostalgia (1990)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Daddy Nostalgie Alternate title:  These Foolish Things France, 1990.  Cléa Productions, Eurisma, Little Bear, Solyfic.  Directed by Bertrand Tavernier.  Story by Colo Tavernier, Dialogue by Colo Tavernier, Bertrand Tavernier.  Cinematography by Denis Lenoir.  Produced by Adolphe Viezzi.  Music by Antoine Duhamel.  Production Design by Jean-Louis Poveda.  Costume Design by Christian Gasc.  Film Editing by Ariane Boeglin.  Cannes Film…

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A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries (1998)

JAMES IVORY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  France/United Kingdom/USA, 1998.   Capitol Films, Merchant Ivory Productions, British Screen Productions.   Screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, James Ivory, based on the novel by Kaylie Jones.   Cinematography by Jean-Marc Fabre.   Produced by Ismail Merchant.   Music by Richard Robbins.   Production Design by Pat Garner, Jacques Bufnoir.   Costume Design by Carol…

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Blow-Up (1966)

MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom/Italy/USA, 1966.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Michelangelo Antonioni, Screenplay by Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra, English dialogue by Edward Bond, based on the short story Las Babas Del Diablo by Julio Cortazar.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Carlo Ponti.  Music by Herbie Hancock.  Production Design by Assheton Gorton.  Costume Design by Jocelyn Rickards.  Film…

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