The Seven Deadly Sins (1962)

PHILIPPE DE BROCA, CLAUDE CHABROL, JACQUES DEMY, SYLVAIN DHOMME, JEAN-LUC GODARD, EDOUARD MOLINARO, ROGER VADIM, MAX DOUY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. Original Title: Les sept péchés capitaux France/Italy, 1962.  Films Gibé, Franco London Films, Titanus.  Screenplay by Daniel Boulanger, Claude Chabrol, Jacques Demy, Jean-Luc Godard, Eugène Ionesco, Félicien Marceau, Claude Mauriac, Roger Peyrefitte,…

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The Judge And The Assassin (1976)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Le Juge Et L’Assassin France, 1976.  Lira Films, Société Française de Production et de Création Audiovisuelles, France Régions 3.  Directed by Bertrand Tavernier.  Story by Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost, Screenplay by Jean Aurenche, Bertrand Tavernier.  Cinematography by Pierre-William Glenn.  Produced by Raymond Danon.  Music by Philippe Sarde.  Production Design by Antoine Roman.  Costume Design by…

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No Fear, No Die (1990)

CLAIRE DENIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  S’en Fout La Mort France/West Germany, 1990.  Cinéa, NEF Diffusion.  Screenplay by Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau.  Cinematography by Pascal Marti.  Produced by Francis Boespflug, Philippe Carcassonne.  Music by Abdullah Ibrahim.  Production Design by Jean-Jacques Caziot.  Costume Design by Elisabeth Tavernier.  Film Editing by Dominique Auvray. Claire Denis turns to the world of illegal…

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Claire’s Knee (1970)

ERIC ROHMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Le Genou De Claire France, 1970.  Les Films du Losange.  Screenplay by Eric Rohmer.  Cinematography by Nestor Almendros.  Produced by Pierre Cottrell, Barbet Schroeder.  Film Editing by Cecile Decugis.  Golden Globe Awards 1971.  National Board of Review Awards 1971.  New York Film Critics Awards 1971 At a beautiful villa in France during the…

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Paris Belongs To Us (1961)

JACQUES RIVETTE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Paris Nous Appartient France, 1961.  Ajym Films, Les Films du Carrosse.  Scenario and dialogue by Jacques Rivette, Jean Gruault.  Cinematography by Charles L. Bitsch.  Produced by Roland Nonin.  Music by Philippe Arthuys.  Film Editing by Denise de Casabianca.   Several giants of French cinema claim that this film, the debut feature by the brilliant…

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The 400 Blows (1959)

FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  Original title:  Les Quatres Cents Coups France, 1959.  Les Films du Carrosse, Sédif Productions. Scenario by Francois Truffaut, Adaptation by Francois Truffaut, Marcel Moussy, dialogue by Marcel Moussy.  Cinematography by Henri Decae.  Produced by Francois Truffaut.  Music by Jean Constantin.  Production Design by Bernard Evein.  Film Editing by Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte.  Academy Awards 1959.  Cannes Film Festival…

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The Bride Wore Black (1968)

FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  La Mariee Etait En Noir France/Italy, 1968.  Les Films du Carrosse, Les Productions Artistes Associes, Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica.  Adaptation and dialogue by Francois Truffaut, Jean-Louis Richard, based on the novel by Cornell Woolrich. Cinematography by Raoul Coutard.  Produced by Marcel Berbert, Oscar Lewenstein. Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by Pierre…

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A Woman Is A Woman (1961)

JEAN-LUC GODARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Une Femme Est Une Femme Italy/France, 1961.  Euro International Film, Rome Paris Films.  Screenplay by Jean-Luc Godard, based on a story by Genevieve Cluny.  Cinematography by Raoul Coutard.  Produced by Georges de Beauregard, Carlo Ponti.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Production Design by Bernard Evein.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Moreau.  Film Editing by Agnes…

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King Of Hearts (1966)

PHILIPPE DE BROCA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Original title:  Le Roi De Coeur France/Italy, 1966.  Fildebroc, Les Productions Artistes Associes, Compagnia Cinematografica Montoro.  Scenario and dialogue by Daniel Boulanger, based on an idea by Maurice Bessy.  Cinematography by Pierre Lhomme.  Produced by Philippe de Broca, Michelle de Broca. Music by Georges Delerue.  Production Design by Francois de Lamothe.  Costume Design by Jacques…

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Queen Margot (1994)

PATRICE CHEREAU Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB Original title:  La Reine Margot France/Italy/Germany, 1994.  Renn Productions, France 2 Cinéma, D.A. Films, N.E.F. Filmproduktion und Vertriebs, Degeto Film, Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, WMG Film, RCS Films & TV, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Canal+, Miramax, Eurimages.  Screenplay by Daniele Thompson, Patrice Chereau, dialogue by Daniele…

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The Phantom Of Liberty (1974)

LUIS BUNUEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Le Fantome De La Liberte Italy/France, 1974.  Greenwich Film Productions.  Screenplay by Luis Bunuel, 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.  National Board of Review Awards 1974.   Luis Bunuel takes the touches of surrealism he…

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Le Beau Serge (1958)

CLAUDE CHABROL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France, 1958.  Ajym Films, Coopérative Générale du Cinéma Français.  Screenplay by Claude Chabrol.  Cinematography by Henri Decae.  Produced by Claude Chabrol.  Music by Emile Delpierre.  Film Editing by Jacques Gaillard.   Claude Chabrol made a remarkably self-assured debut with this quietly upsetting melodrama about the rift between two friends. Straight-laced and clean-cut Jean-Claude Brialy recovers from…

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