Hercules Unchained (1959)

PIETRO FRANCISCI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   Original title:  Ercole e la regina di Lidia Italy/France/Spain, 1959.  Galatea Film, Lux Film, Lux Compagnie Cinématographique de France, Urania Film.  Story by Pietro Francisci, Screenplay by Ennio De Concini, Pietro Francisci, based on the play Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles and The Seven Against Thebes by Aeschylus.  Cinematography by Mario Bava.  Produced…

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Senso (1954)

LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.   Italy, 1954.  Lux Film.  Story and Screenplay by Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Luchino Visconti, with the collaboration of Carlo Alianello, Giorgio Bassani, Giorgio Prosperi, and dialogue collaboration by Tennessee Williams, Paul Bowles, based on the novel by Camillo Boito.  Cinematography by G.R. Aldo, Robert Krasker.  Produced by Domenico Forges Davanzati.  Production Design by…

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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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Big Deal On Madonna Street (1958)

MARIO MONICELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  I Soliti Ignoti Alternate title:  The Usual Unidentified Thieves Italy, 1958.  Cinecittà, Lux Film, Vides Cinematografica.  Story by Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Screenplay by Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Mario Monicelli, based on the short story Furto In Una Pasticceria by Italo Calvino.  Cinematography by Gianni Di Venanzo.  Produced by…

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The Organizer (1963)

MARIO MONICELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5 Original title:  I Compagni Alternate titles:  The Organiser, The Strikers Italy/France/Yugoslavia, 1963.   Lux Film, Vides Cinematografica, Méditerrannée Cinéma Production, Avala Film.   Story and Screenplay by Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Mario Monicelli.   Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno.   Produced by Franco Cristaldi.   Music by Carlo Rustichelli.   Production Design by Mario Garbuglia.   Costume…

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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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The Eyes Without A Face (1960)

GEORGES FRANJU Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  Original title:  Les Yeux Sans Visage France/Italy, 1960.  Champs-Elysees Productions, Lux Film.  Screenplay by Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac, Jean Redon, Claude Sautet, dialogue by Pierre Gascar, based on the novel by Jean Redon.  Cinematography by Eugen Schufftan.  Produced by Jules Borkon.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Auguste Capelier.  Costume Design by Marie Martine.  Film…

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Bitter Rice (1949)

GIUSEPPE DE SANTIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Original title:  Riso Amaro Italy, 1949.  Lux Film.  Story by Giuseppe De Santis, Carlo Lizzani, Gianni Puccini, Screenplay by Corrado Alvaro, Giuseppe De Santis, Carlo Lizzani, Carlo Musso, Ivo Perilli, Gianni Puccini.   Cinematography by Otello Martelli.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis.  Music by Goffredo Petrassi.  Production Design by Carlo Egidi.  Costume Design by Anna…

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