Zouzou (1934)

MARC ALLEGRET Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB France, 1934. Les Films H. Roussillon, Productions Arys. Screenplay by Carlo Rim, based on the novel by G. Abatino. Cinematography by Boris Kaufman, Michel Kelber, Jacques Mercanton, Louis Née. Produced by Arys Nissotti. Music by Roger Bernstein, Georges Koger, Louis Wins. Production Design by Lazare Meerson, Alexandre…

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Any Number Can Win (1963)

HENRI VERNEUIL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original Title: Mélodie en sous-sol France/Italy, 1963.  Cité Films, Compagnia Cinematografica Mondiale, Compagnie Internationale de Productions Cinématographiques.  Screenplay by Albert Simonin, dialogue by Michel Audiard, based on the novel by Zekial Marko.  Cinematography by Louis Page.  Produced by Jacques Bar, Jacques Juranville.  Music by Michel Magne.  Production…

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La Bete Humaine (1938)

JEAN RENOIR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  France, 1938.  Paris Film.  Screenplay by Jean Renoir, dialogue by Denise Leblond, based on the novel by Emile Zola.  Cinematography by Curt Courant.  Produced by Raymond Hakim, Robert Hakim.  Music by Joseph Kosma.  Production Design by Eugène Lourié.  Film Editing by Suzanne de Troeye, Marguerite Renoir.  Jean Renoir…

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Le Jour Se Leve (1939)

MARCEL CARNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Alternate title:  Daybreak France, 1939.  Productions Sigma.  Original scenario by Jacques Viot, dialogue by Jacques Prevert.  Cinematography by Philippe Agostini, Andre Bac, Albert Viguier.  Produced by Jean-Pierre Frogerais.  Music by Maurice Jaubert.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Boris Bilinsky.  Film Editing by Rene Le Haneff.   A shot is heard, a man stumbles out an…

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Grand Illusion (1937)

JEAN RENOIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  La Grande Illusion France, 1937.  Réalisation d’art cinématographique. Screenplay by Charles Spaak, Jean Renoir.  Cinematography by Christian Matras.  Produced by Albert Pinkovitch, Frank Rollmer.  Music by Joseph Kosma.  Production Design by Eugène Lourié.  Costume Design by Rene Decrais.  Film Editing by Marthe Huguet, Marguerite Renoir.  Podcasts:  My Criterions.   One of the most awe-inspiring war…

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The Lower Depths (1936)

JEAN RENOIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Les Bas-Fonds Alternate title:  Underworld France, 1936.  Films Albatros.  Screenplay by Yevgeni Zamyatin, Jacques Companeez, Jean Renoir, Charles Spaak, Dialogue by Jean Renoir, Charles Spaak, based on the play Na dnie by Maxim Gorky.  Cinematography by Fedote Bourgasoff.  Produced by Alexandre Kamenka.  Music by Jean Wiener.  Production Design by Hugues Laurent, Eugène…

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French Cancan (1954)

JEAN RENOIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  France/Italy, 1954.  Franco London Films, Jolly Film.  Idea by Andre-Paul Antoine, adaptation and dialogue by Jean Renoir.  Cinematography by Michel Kelber.  Produced by Louis Wipf.  Music by Georges Van Parys.  Production Design by Max Douy.  Costume Design by Rosine Delamare.  Film Editing by Borys Lewin. Exuberant musical by the always reliable Jean Renoir that circumnavigates the…

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Le Plaisir (1952)

MAX OPHULS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  France, 1952.  Compagnie Commerciale Française Cinématographique, Stera Films.  Adaptation by Jacques Natanson, Max Ophuls, Dialogue by Jacques Natanson, based on stories by Guy de Maupassant.  Cinematography by Philippe Agostini, Christian Matras.  Produced by Edouard Harispuru, M. Kieffer.  Music by Joe Hajos.  Production Design by Jean d’Eaubonne.  Costume Design by Georges Annenkov.  Film Editing by Leonide Azar.  …

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Remorques (1941)

JEAN GREMILLON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Alternate title:  Stormy Waters France, 1941.  Maitrise Artisanale de l’Industrie Cinematographique, Sedis.  Scenario and dialogue by Jacques Prevert, adaptation by Andre Cayatte, based on the novel by Roger Vercel.  Cinematography by Armand Thirard.  Music by Roland Manuel.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Film Editing by Yvonne Martin.   A tugboat captain (Jean Gabin) saves a…

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Pepe Le Moko (1937)

JULIEN DUVIVIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  France, 1937.  Paris Film.  Scenario by Henri La Barthe, Julien Duvivier, adaptation by Jacques Constant, dialogue by Henri Jeanson, based on the novel by Henri La Barthe.  Cinematography by Marc Fossard, Jules Kruger.  Produced by Raymond Hakim, Robert Hakim.  Music by Vincent Scotto, Mohamed Ygerbuchen.  Production Design by Jacques Krauss.  Film Editing by Marguerite Beauge.  …

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Port Of Shadows (1938)

MARCEL CARNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Le Quai Des Brumes France, 1938.  Ciné-Alliance.  Scenario and dialogue by Jacques Prevert, based on the novel by Pierre Dumarchais.  Cinematography by Eugen Schufftan.  Produced by Gregor Rabinovitch.  Music by Maurice Jaubert.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Coco Chanel.  Film Editing by Rene Le Henaff.   Moody, atmospheric drama about an army deserter (the…

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Grisbi (1954)

JACQUES BECKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Original title:  Touchez Pas Au Grisbi Alternate title:  Don’t Touch The Loot France/Italy, 1954.  Del Duca Films, Antares Produzione Cinematografica.  Adaptation by Jacques Becker, Albert Simonin, Maurice Griffe, Dialogue by Albert Simonin, based on the novel by Albert Simonin.  Cinematography by Pierre Montazel.  Produced by Robert Dorfmann.  Music by Jean Wiener.  Production Design by Jean d’Eaubonne.  Costume…

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