Time Without Pity (1957)

JOSEPH LOSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1957.    Harlequin Productions Ltd..    Screenplay by Ben Barzman, based on the play by Emlyn Williams.  Cinematography by Freddie Francis.  Produced by John Arnold, Anthony Simmons.  Music by Tristram Cary.  Production Design by Reece Pemberton.  Costume Design by Irma Birch.  Film Editing by Alan…

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The Wind (1928)

VICTOR SJOSTROM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1928.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Scenario by Frances Marion, based on the novel by Dorothy Scarborough.  Cinematography by John Arnold.  Produced by Kevin Brownlow, David Gill.  Music by Carl Davis.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Edward Withers.  Costume Design by Andre-ani.  Film Editing by Conrad A. Nervig.   Lillian Gish heads west from her native Virginia to live…

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Ricky (2009)

FRANCOIS OZON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   France/Italy, 2009.  Eurowide Film Production, FOZ, Teodora Film, BUF, France 2 Cinema, Coficup 3, Backup Media, Uni Étoile 5, CineCinema, Canal+, Le Pacte.  Screenplay by Francois Ozon.  Cinematography by Jeanne Lapoirie.  Produced by Chris Bolzli, Claudie Ossard, Vieri Razzini.  Music by Philippe Rombi.  Production Design by Katia Wyszkop.  Costume Design by Pascaline Chavanne.  Film Editing by…

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Mad Max (1979)

GEORGE MILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Australia, 1979.  Kennedy Miller Productions, Crossroads, Mad Max Films.  Screenplay by James McClausland, George Miller. Cinematography by David Eggby.  Produced by Byron Kennedy.  Music by Brian May.  Production Design by Jon Dowding.  Costume Design by Clare Griffin.  Film Editing by Cliff Hayes, Tony Paterson. Mel Gibson‘s incredibly successful film career got launched with the release…

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Adolphe (2002)

BENOIT JACQUOT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  France, 2002.  ARP Sélection, Canal+, France 3 Cinéma.  Screenplay by Benoit Jacquot, Fabrice Roger-Lacan, based on the novel by Benjamin Constant.  Cinematography by Benoit Delhomme.  Produced by Laurent Petin, Michele Petin.  Production Design by Genevieve Dufour.  Costume Design by Catherine Bouchard.  Film Editing by Luc Barnier.   A nineteenth century widow and mother of two (Isabelle Adjani)…

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The Big Parade (1925)

KING VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1925.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Laurence Stallings, scenario by Harry Behn, titles by Joseph Farnham.  Cinematography by John Arnold.  Produced by Irving Thalberg, King Vidor.  Music by William Axt, Carl Davis.  Production Design by James Basevi, Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by Ethel P. Chaffin, Robert Florey.  Film Editing by Hugh Wynn.   Wonderful epic silent film plays…

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Valmont

MILOS FORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Coming out one year after Stephen Frears’ successful Dangerous Liaisons, which was an adaptation of the same Choderlos de Laclos novel as this period piece, comparisons between the two were inevitable and not necessarily fair. Liaisons was based on the play by Christopher Hampton, which was adapted from…

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The Broadway Melody (1929)

HARRY BEAUMONT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1929.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by Edmund Goulding, continuity by Sarah Y. Mason, dialogue by Norman Houston, James Gleason. Cinematography by John Arnold.  Produced by Harry Rapf, Irving Thalberg, Lawrence Weingarten.  Music by Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons.  Costume Design by David Cox.  Film Editing by Sam Zimbalist.  The first talkie to…

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Marie Antoinette (2006)

SOFIA COPPOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   USA/France/Japan, 2006.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Pricel, Tohokushinsha Film Corporation, American Zoetrope, Commission du Film France, Commission du Film Ile-De-France.  Screenplay by Sofia Coppola.  Cinematography by Lance Acord.  Produced by Sofia Coppola, Ross Katz.  Production Design by K.K. Barrett.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Sarah Flack.   A rock-music soundtrack and some intentionally anachronistic…

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Comedy Of Power (2006)

CLAUDE CHABROL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  L’Ivresse Du Pouvoir Alternate title:  Lust For Power France/Germany, 2006.  Alicéléo, France 2 Cinéma, A.J.O.Z. Films, Integral Film, Procirep, Angoa-Agicoa, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Filmförderungsanstalt, Canal+, CinéCinéma.  Screenplay by Claude Chabrol, Odile Barski.  Cinematography by Eduardo Serra.  Produced by Patrick Godeau.  Music by Matthieu Chabrol.  Production Design by Francoise Benoit-Fresco.  Costume Design by Mic…

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