Madness (1980)

FERNANDO DI LEO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   Original title:  Vacanze Per Un Massacro Italy, 1980.  Midia Cinematografica.  Story by Mario Gariazzo, Screenplay by Fernando Di Leo.  Cinematography by Enrico Lucidi.  Produced by Armando Novelli.  Music by Luis Bacalov.  Production Design by Francesco Cuppini.  Costume Design by Carolina Ferrara.  Film Editing by Amedeo Giomini. Made during Joe Dallesandro’s run of Italian productions following…

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Merry-Go-Round (1981)

JACQUES RIVETTE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France, 1981.  Sunchild Productions.  Screenplay by Eduardo de Gregorio, Suzanne Schiffman, Jacques Rivette, dialogue by Eduardo de Gregorio.  Cinematography by William Lubtchansky.  Produced by Stephane Tchalgadjieff.  Music by Barre Phillips, John Surman.  Film Editing by Nicole Lubtchansky, Catherine Quesemand. Brooklyn native Joe Dallesandro shows up in France after getting a note from his estranged girlfriend…

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Black Moon (1975)

LOUIS MALLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  France/West Germany, 1975.  Nouvelles Editions de Films, Bioskop Film.  Screenplay by Louis Malle, additional dialogue by Joyce Bunuel.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Claude Nedjar.  Production Design by Ghislain Uhry.  Film Editing by Suzanne Baron.   A young woman (Cathryn Harrison, granddaughter to Rex) escapes a post-apocalyptic battleground in her car and finds herself in an abandoned…

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Heat (1972)

PAUL MORRISSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1972.  Andy Warhol Factory.  Idea by John Hallowell, Story by Paul Morrissey.  Cinematography by Paul Morrissey.  Produced by Andy Warhol.  Music by John Cale.  Film Editing by Jed Johnson,Lana Jokel.   Paul Morrissey continues his exploration of the seamier side of things with this near-remake of Sunset Boulevard.  Joe Dallesandro plays a former child…

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Blood For Dracula (1974)

PAUL MORRISSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Dracula Cerca Sangue Di Vergine…E Mori Di Sete!!! Alternate title:  Andy Warhol’s Dracula Italy/France, 1974.  Compagnia Cinematografica Champion, Yanne et Rassam, Andy Warhol Presentation.  Screenplay by Paul Morrissey, based on the character created by Bram Stoker.  Cinematography by Luigi Kuveiller.  Produced by Andrew Braunsberg, Andy Warhol, Jean Yanne.  Music by Claudio Gizzi.  Production Design…

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Flesh (1968)

PAUL MORRISSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1968.  Factory Films.  Screenplay by Paul Morrissey.  Cinematography by Paul Morrissey.  Produced by Andy Warhol.   The usual transvestites, drug-addicts and long-winded drifters dominate this exercise in excess by producer Andy Warhol and director Paul Morrissey. Joe Dallesandro plays a dopey hustler who spends the day finding new excuses to take of…

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Trash (1970)

PAUL MORRISSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1970.  Filmfactory.  Screenplay by Paul Morrissey. Cinematography by Paul Morrissey.  Produced by Andy Warhol.  Film Editing by Paul Morrissey.   More recklessness from the Andy Warhol studio. Paul Morrissey once again directs Joe Dallesandro in this hilarious tale of a junkie whose lack of control over his habit gets him into some…

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Flesh For Frankenstein (1973)

PAUL MORRISSEY, ANTONIO MARGHERITI Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  Alternate title:  Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein USA/Italy/France, 1973.  Compagnia Cinematografica Champion.  Screenplay by Paul Morrissey, based on characters created by Mary Shelley.  Cinematography by Luigi Kuveiller.  Produced by Andrew Braunsberg.  Music by Claudio Gizzi.  Production Design by Enrico Job.  Costume Design by Benito Persico.  Film Editing by Jed Johnson, Franca Silvi.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   Unlike the cheesily…

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Wild Orchid II: Two Shades Of Blue (1991)

ZALMAN KING Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1991.  Vision PDG.  Screenplay by Zalman King.  Cinematography by Marc Reshovsky.  Produced by Rafael Eisenman, David Saunders.  Music by George S. Clinton.  Production Design by Richard Amend.  Costume Design by Sloane Morrison.  Film Editing by James Gavin Bedford, Marc Grossman.   As if once wasn’t bad enough, Zalman King decided to make a sequel to his…

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Superstar In A Housedress (2004)

CRAIG HIGHBERGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 2004.  Highberger Media Inc..  Screenplay by Craig Highberger.  Cinematography by Craig Highberger.  Produced by Craig Highberger.  Music by Paul Serrato.  Production Design by Gary LeGault.  Film Editing by Craig Highberger.   This excellent documentary explores the life and world of Jackie Curtis, the multi-talented performance artist who is probably most famous for his association with the…

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Beefcake

BB.5 (out of 5) Average semi-documentary that chronicles the careers of those involved with beefcake photography in the 50s and 60s.  Mostly it centers on and dramatizes the life of Bob Mizor, a very successful physique photographer who ran a studio where most of his models also lived in a paradise of endless gymnasia.  Director…

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Sunset (1988)

BLAKE EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1988.  Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica, Hudson Hawk Films Ltd., ML Delphi Premier Productions,  The Blake Edwards Company, TriStar Pictures.  Story by Rod Amateau, Screenplay by Blake Edwards.  Cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond.  Produced by Tony Adams.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Rodger Maus.  Costume Design by Patricia Norris.  Film Editing by…

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