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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Shoot First, Die Later (1974)

FERNANDO DI LEO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Original title:  Il Poliziotto E Marcio Italy/France, 1974.  Cinemaster S.r.l., Mara Films, Mount Street Film.  Story by Sergio Donati, Screenplay by Fernando Di Leo.  Cinematography by Franco Villa.  Produced by Galliano Juso, Ettore Rosboch.  Music by Luis Bacalov.  Production Design by Francesco Cuppini.  Costume Design by Giorgio Gamma.  Film Editing by Amedeo Giomini.  Luc Merenda is…

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Kidnap Syndicate (1975)

FERNANDO DI LEO Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   Original title:  La Citta Sconvolta: Caccia Spietata Ai Rapitori Italy, 1975.  Cinemaster S.r.l..  Story by Galliano Juso, Screenplay by Fernando Di Leo, Ernesto Gastaldi, Nicola Manzari.  Cinematography by Erico Menczer.  Produced by Galliano Juso.  Music by Luis Bacalov.  Production Design by Francesco Cuppini.  Costume Design by Maria Luisa Panaro.  Film Editing by Sergio Montanari.   Exciting…

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Woman On Top (2000)

FINA TORRES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 2000.  Fox Searchlight Pictures.  Screenplay by Vera Blasi.  Cinematography by Thierry Arbogast.  Produced by Alan Poul.  Music by Luis Bacalov.  Production Design by Philippe Chiffre.  Costume Design by Elisabeth Tavernier.  Film Editing by Leslie Jones.   Whimsical romantic comedy that, even at its worst, is leagues ahead of director Fina Torres’ last faltering attempt at capturing the colourful…

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B. Monkey (1998)

MICHAEL RADFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1998.  Miramax, Scala Productions, Synchronistic Pictures.  Screenplay by Andrew Davies, Chloe King, Michael Radford, Michael Thomas.  Cinematography by Ashley Rowe.  Produced by Colin Vaines, Stephen Woolley.  Music by Luis Bacalov, Jennie Muskett.  Production Design by Sophie Becher.  Costume Design by Valentin Breton Des Loys.  Film Editing by Joelle Hache.  Oddball gangster flick stars an appealing cast…

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The Postman (1994)

MICHAEL RADFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Il Postino Italy/France/Belgium, 1994.  Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica, Penta Film, Esterno Mediterraneo Film, Blue Dahlia Productions, K2 Two, Canal+.  Story by Furio Scarpelli, Giacomo Scarpelli, Screenplay by Anna Pavignano, Michael Radford, Furio Scarpelli, Giacomo Scarpelli, Massimo Troisi, based on the novel Ardiente Paciencia by Antonio Skarmeta.  Cinematography by Franco…

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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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The Gospel According To Saint Matthew (1964)

PIER PAOLO PASOLINI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB Original title:  Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo Italy/France, 1964.  Arco Film, Lux Compagnie Cinématographique de France.  Screenplay by Pier Paolo Pasolini.  Cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli.  Produced by Alfredo Bini.  Music by Luis Bacalov.  Production Design by Luigi Scaccianoce.  Costume Design by Danilo Donati.  Film Editing by Nino Baragli.   Hands down the best Jesus movie…

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Children Of The Century (1999)

DIANE KURYS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5 Original title:  Les Enfants Du Siecle France, 1999.  Alexandre Films, Canal+, Conseil Général de l’Indre, FilmFour, France 2 Cinema, Les Films Alain Sarde, Procirep, Studio Images 5.  Screenplay by Murray Head, Diane Kurys, Francois-Olivier Rousseau.  Cinematography by Vilko Filac.  Produced by Diane Kurys, Alain Sarde.  Music by Luis Bacalov.  Production Design by Bernard Vezat.  Costume…

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Entre Nous (1983)

DIANE KURYS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB Original title:  Coup De Foudre France, 1983.  Partner’s Productions, Alexandre Films, Hachette Première, Films A2, S.F.P.C..  Scenario and dialogue by Diane Kurys, adaptation by Diane Kurys, Alain Le Henry.  Cinematography by Bernard Lutic.  Produced by Ariel Zeitoun.  Music by Luis Bacalov.  Production Design by Jacques Bufnoir.  Costume Design by Mic Cheminal.  Film Editing by Joele Van Effenterre.  …

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City Of Women (1980)

FEDERICO FELLINI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Original title:  La Citta Delle Donne Italy/France, 1980.  Opera Film Produzione, Gaumont.  Story and Screenplay by Federico Fellini, Bernardino Zapponi, screenplay collaborator Brunello Rondi.  Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno.  Produced by Franco Rossellini, Renzo Rossellini, Daniel Toscan du Plantier.  Music by Luis Bacalov.  Production Design by Dante Ferretti.  Costume Design by Gabriella Pescucci.  Film Editing by Ruggero Mastroianni.  …

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The Love Letter (1999)

PETER CHAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1999.  DreamWorks, Sanford/Pillsbury Productions.  Screenplay by Maria Maggenti, based on the novel by Cathleen Schine.  Cinematography by Tami Reiker.  Produced by Kate Capshaw, Sarah Pillsbury, Midge Sanford.  Music by Luis Bacalov.  Production Design by Andrew Jackness.  Costume Design by Tracy Tynan.  Film Editing by Jacqueline Cambas.   Delightful comedy about Kate Capshaw living in the tiny (fictitious)…

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