La Bete Humaine (1938)

JEAN RENOIR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  France, 1938.  Paris Film.  Screenplay by Jean Renoir, dialogue by Denise Leblond, based on the novel by Emile Zola.  Cinematography by Curt Courant.  Produced by Raymond Hakim, Robert Hakim.  Music by Joseph Kosma.  Production Design by Eugène Lourié.  Film Editing by Suzanne de Troeye, Marguerite Renoir.  Jean Renoir…

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Le Jour Se Leve (1939)

MARCEL CARNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Alternate title:  Daybreak France, 1939.  Productions Sigma.  Original scenario by Jacques Viot, dialogue by Jacques Prevert.  Cinematography by Philippe Agostini, Andre Bac, Albert Viguier.  Produced by Jean-Pierre Frogerais.  Music by Maurice Jaubert.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Boris Bilinsky.  Film Editing by Rene Le Haneff.   A shot is heard, a man stumbles out an…

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Le Plaisir (1952)

MAX OPHULS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  France, 1952.  Compagnie Commerciale Française Cinématographique, Stera Films.  Adaptation by Jacques Natanson, Max Ophuls, Dialogue by Jacques Natanson, based on stories by Guy de Maupassant.  Cinematography by Philippe Agostini, Christian Matras.  Produced by Edouard Harispuru, M. Kieffer.  Music by Joe Hajos.  Production Design by Jean d’Eaubonne.  Costume Design by Georges Annenkov.  Film Editing by Leonide Azar.  …

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Remorques (1941)

JEAN GREMILLON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Alternate title:  Stormy Waters France, 1941.  Maitrise Artisanale de l’Industrie Cinematographique, Sedis.  Scenario and dialogue by Jacques Prevert, adaptation by Andre Cayatte, based on the novel by Roger Vercel.  Cinematography by Armand Thirard.  Music by Roland Manuel.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Film Editing by Yvonne Martin.   A tugboat captain (Jean Gabin) saves a…

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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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Children Of Paradise (1945)

MARCEL CARNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Les Enfants Du Paradis France, 1945.  Société Nouvelle Pathé Cinéma.Scenario and dialogue by Jacques Prevert.  Cinematography by Roger Hubert.  Produced by Adrien Remauge.  Music by Maurice Thiriet.  Production Design by Leon Barsacq, Raymond Gabutti, Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Mayo.  Film Editing by Henri Rust.   To say that this film is pure cinematic poetry…

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Port Of Shadows (1938)

MARCEL CARNE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Le Quai Des Brumes France, 1938.  Ciné-Alliance.  Scenario and dialogue by Jacques Prevert, based on the novel by Pierre Dumarchais.  Cinematography by Eugen Schufftan.  Produced by Gregor Rabinovitch.  Music by Maurice Jaubert.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Coco Chanel.  Film Editing by Rene Le Henaff.   Moody, atmospheric drama about an army deserter (the…

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The Phantom Of Liberty (1974)

LUIS BUNUEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Le Fantome De La Liberte Italy/France, 1974.  Greenwich Film Productions.  Screenplay by Luis Bunuel, Jean-Claude Carriere.  Cinematography by Edmond Richard.  Produced by Serge Silberman.  Production Design by Pierre Guffroy.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Guyot.  Film Editing by Helene Plemiannikov.  Luis Bunuel takes the touches of surrealism he used in The Discreet Charm of The…

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The Milky Way (1969)

LUIS BUNUEL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Original title:  La Voie Lactee West Germany/Italy, 1969.  Greenwich Film Productions, Fraia Film.  Screenplay by Luis Bunuel, Jean-Claude Carriere.  Cinematography by Christian Matras.  Produced by Serge Silberman.  Music by Luis Bunuel.  Production Design by Pierre Guffroy.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Guyot.  Film Editing by Louisette Hautecoeur. Two modern-day pilgrims (actually beggars) make the journey from France to Spain’s…

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