Le Bonheur (1965)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  France, 1965.  Parc Film.  Screenplay by Agnès Varda.  Cinematography by Claude Beausoleil, Jean Rabier.  Produced by Mag Bodard.  Music by Jean-Michel Defaye.  Production Design by Hubert Monloup.  Costume Design by Claude François. Film Editing by Janine Verneau. Jean-Claude Drouot leads an idyllic suburban life as a carpenter…

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The World of Jacques Demy (1995)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   Original title:  L’univers de Jacques Demy France/Belgium/Spain, 1995.  Canal+ Espana, Canal+, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Ciné Tamaris, DocStar, Institut National de L’Audiovisuel, La Sept-Arte, Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres et du Developpement International, Sofica Valor 2.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda.  Cinematography by Stephane Krausz, Peter Pilafian Georges Strouve.  Music by Michel Colombier, Michel…

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The Young Girls Turns 25 (1993)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.   Original title:  Les Demoiselles Ont Eu 25 ans France, 1993.  Ciné Tamaris.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda.  Cinematography by Alexandre Auffort, Stephane Krausz, Patrick Mounoud, Georges Strouve, Agnes Varda.  Music by Michel Legrand, Jacques Loussier. It’s astounding how much love and affection Agnes Varda packs into 64 very short minutes. On the occasion…

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Naked Childhood (1968)

MAURICE PIALAT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  L’Enfance Nue France, 1968.  Parafrance Films, Parc Film, Renn Productions, Les Films du Carrosse.  Screenplay by Arlette Langmann, Maurice Pialat.  Cinematography by Claude Beausoleil.  Produced by Vera Belmont, Guy Benier, Claude Berri, Mag Bodard, Francois Truffaut.   The 400 Blows is a feel-good romantic comedy compared to this excellent exploration of…

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Donkey Skin (1970)

JACQUES DEMY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Peau D’Ane Alternate title:  Once Upon A Time France, 1970.  Marianne Productions, Parc Film.  Screenplay by Jacques Demy, based on the fairy tale by Charles Perreault.  Cinematography by Ghislain Cloquet.  Produced by Mag Bodard.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Production Design by Jacques Dugied.  Costume Design by Gitt Magrini.  Film Editing by Anne-Marie Cotret.  Podcast:  My Criterions….

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The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (1964)

JACQUES DEMY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Les Parapluies De Cherbourg France/West Germany, 1964.  Parc Film, Madeleine Films, Beta Film.  Screenplay by Jacques Demy.  Cinematography by Jean Rabier.  Produced by Mag Bodard.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Production Design by Bernard Evein.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Moreau.  Film Editing by Anne-Marie Cotret, Monique Teisseire.  Podcast:  My Criterions. Taking the conventions of the…

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Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)

ROBERT BRESSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  France/Sweden, 1966.  Argos Films, Athos Films, Parc Film, Svensk Filmindustri, Svenska Filminstitutet.  Screenplay by Robert Bresson.  Cinematography by Ghislain Cloquet.  Produced by Mag Bodard.  Music by Jean Wiener.  Production Design by Pierre Charbonnier.  Film Editing by Raymond Lamy.   Life, as it turns out, is really something else when seen through the eyes of a donkey….

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