Noroît

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jacques Rivette’s companion piece to Duelle is as visual splendid though not as invigorating.  Loosely inspired by (and including pieces of) The Revenger’s Tragedy by Cyril Tourneur, it stars Geraldine Chaplin as a woman who plans to get revenge on a witch (Bernadette Lafont) who killed her brother.  Lafont is the leader of a gang of…

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Esther Kahn

BB.5 (out of 5) The title character is one of five children of a poor Jewish family in London, an absent-minded girl who is transfixed by what she sees on the stage when she and her siblings go to the theatre and watch from up in “the gods”. After winning a small part as a maid…

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Bunny Lake Is Missing

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A young American woman (Carol Lynley), newly arrived in England, drops her daughter off at a primary school for her first day of lessons. When she shows up at the end of the day to pick little Bunny up, she finds that not only is her daughter missing, but no one…

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Outland (1981)

PETER HYAMS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1981.  The Ladd Company.  Screenplay by Peter Hyams.  Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt.  Produced by Richard Roth.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Philip Harrison.  Costume Design by John Mollo.  Film Editing by Stuart Baird.  Academy Awards 1981.   Imagine High Noon set in outer space and you have the basic thrust of this very cool science-fiction…

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Wonderland (1999)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Michael Winterbottom’s best-ever examination of working class London threatens to overtake Mike Leigh territory as he follows the lives of three very different sisters and all the wacky characters they meet. Gina McKee is a swinging single gal who goes out on countless blind dates, providing for endless stories that get more…

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Two English Girls (Les Deux Anglaises Et Le Continent)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Truffaut returns to the work of Henri-Pierre Roche, who wrote the original novel upon which Jules And Jim was based, for a beautiful love triangle completely opposite to its predecessor. While Jules and Jim rang out with modernity, its characters passionately leaping across the boundaries of time to tell a story…

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