Caligula (1979)

TINTO BRASS Bil’s rating (out of 5): B Original Title: Caligola Italy, 1979. Penthouse Films International, Felix Cinematografica. Screenplay by Gore Vidal. Cinematography by Silvano Ippoliti. Produced by Bob Guccione. Music by Bruno Nicolai, Renzo Rossellini. Production Design by Danilo Donati. Costume Design by Danilo Donati. Film Editing by Nino Baragli, Enzo Micarelli. The phenomenon…

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The Bay of Blood (1971)

MARIO BAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.   Original title:  Reazione a catena Italy, 1971.  Nuova Linea Cinematografica.  Story by Dardano Sacchetti, Franco Barberi, Screenplay by Mario Bava, Giuseppe Zaccariello, Filippo Ottoni, English dialogue by Gene Luotto.  Cinematography by Mario Bava.  Produced by Giuseppe Zaccariello.  Music by Stelvio Cipriani.  Production Design by Sergio Canevari.  Costume Design by Enrico Sabbatini.  Film Editing by Carlo Reali. After…

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Seduced And Abandoned (1964)

PIETRO GERMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Sedotta e Abbandonata Italy/France, 1964.  Lux Film, Ultra Film, Vides Cinematografica, Lux Compagnie Cinématographique de France.  Story by Pietro Germi, Luciano Vincenzoni, Screenplay by Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Pietro Germi, Luciano Vincenzoni.  Cinematography by Aiace Parolin.  Produced by Franco Cristaldi, Luigi Giacosi.  Music by Carlo Rustichelli.  Production Design by Carlo Egidi.  Costume Design by Angela…

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The Star Maker (1995)

GIUSEPPE TORNATORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  Original title:  L’Uomo Delle Stelle Italy, 1995.  Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana.  Story by Giuseppe Tornatore, Screenplay by Fabio Rinaudo, Giuseppe Tornatore.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Vittorio Cecchi Gori.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Francesco Bronzi.  Costume Design by Beatrice Bordone.  Film Editing by Massimo Quaglia.   A con man in…

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Cinema Paradiso (1988)

GIUSEPPE TORNATORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Italy/France, 1988.  Cristaldifilm, Les Films Ariane, Rai 3, TF1 Films Production, Forum Picture.  Story by Giuseppe Tornatore, Screenplay by Giuseppe Tornatore, Collaboration with Vanna Paoli.  Cinematography by Blasco Giurato.  Produced by Franco Cristaldi, Giovanna Romagnoli.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Andrea Crisanti.  Costume Design by Beatrice Bordone.  Film Editing by Mario Morra.   A successful,…

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The Secret Of Santa Vittoria (1969)

STANLEY KRAMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1969.  Stanley Kramer Productions.  Screenplay by Ben Maddow, William Rose, based on the novel by Robert Crichton.  Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno.  Produced by Stanley Kramer.  Music by Ernest Gold.  Production Design by Robert Clatworthy.  Costume Design by Joe King.  Film Editing by Earle Herdan, William A. Lyon.   The Italian hamlet of Santa Vittoria decides,…

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We Still Kill The Old Way (1967)

ELIO PETRI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Original title:  A Ciascuno Il Suo Italy, 1967.  Cemo Film.  Screenplay by Elio Petri, Ugo Pirro, based on the novel by Leonardo Sciascia.  Cinematography by Luigi Kuveiller.  Produced by Giuseppe Zaccariello.  Music by Luis Bacalov.  Production Design by Sergio Canevari.  Costume Design by Luciana Marinucci.  Film Editing by Ruggero Mastroianni.   One of the highlights of Elio Petri’s…

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Don’t Look Now (1973)

NICOLAS ROEG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Italy/United Kingdom, 1973.  Casey Productions, Eldorado Films, D.L.N. Ventures Partnership.  Screenplay by Allan Scott, Chris Bryant, based on the story by Daphne Du Maurier.  Cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond.  Produced by Peter Katz. Music by Pino Donaggio.  Production Design by Giovanni Soccol.  Costume Design by Marit Allen, Anna Maria Feo, Andrea…

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Divorce–Italian Style (1961)

PIETRO GERMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Divorzio All’Italiana Italy, 1961.  Lux Film, Vides Cinematografica, Galatea Film.  Story and Screenplay by Ennio De Concini, Pietro Germi, Alfredo Giannetti.  Cinematography by Leonida Barboni, Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Franco Cristaldi.  Music by Carlo Rustichelli.  Production Design by Carlo Egidi.  Costume Design by Dina Di Bari.  Film Editing by Roberto Cinquini.   Wry comedy…

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I Vitelloni (1953)

FEDERICO FELLINI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  Original title:  The Young And The Passionate Italy/France, 1953.  Cité Films, Peg-Films.  Story by Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Screenplay by Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano. Cinematography by Carlo Carlini, Otello Martelli, Luciano Trasatti.  Produced by Jacques Bar, Mario De Vecchi, Lorenzo Pegoraro.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Mario Chiari.  Costume Design…

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The White Sheik (1952)

FEDERICO FELLINI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Original title:  Lo Sceicco Bianco Italy, 1952.  OFI, P.D.C..  Story by Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano.  Cinematography by Arturo Gallea.  Produced by Luigi Rovere.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Raffaello Tolfo.  Film Editing by Rolando Benedetti.   Fellini’s first film as sole director (he had co-directed…

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The Godfather Part II (1974)

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1974.  Paramount Pictures, The Coppola Company.  Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo, based on the novel The Godfather by Mario Puzo.  Cinematography by Gordon Willis.  Produced by Francis Ford Coppola.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Dean Tavoularis.  Costume Design by Theadora Van Runkle.  Film Editing by Barry Malkin, Richard Marks, Peter…

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