Beau Pere (1981)

BERTRAND BLIER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  France, 1981.  Sara Films, France 2.   Screenplay by Bertrand Blier, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Sacha Vierny.   Produced by Alain Sarde.   Music by Philippe Sarde.   Production Design by Theobald Meurisse.    Costume Design by Michele Cerf.  Film Editing by Claudine Merlin. Never one to fear problematic…

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The Destructors (1974)

ROBERT PARRISH Bil’s rating (out of 5): B Alternate Title: The Marseille Contract United Kingdom/France, 1974.  Kettledrum Films, PECF.  Screenplay by Judd Bernard.  Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by Judd Bernard.  Music by Roy Budd.  Production Design by Willy Holt.  Costume Design by Andree Demarez.  Film Editing by Willy Kemplen. Anthony Quinn plays an American…

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The Swimming Pool (1969)

JACQUES DERAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Original title:  La Piscine Italy/France, 1969.  Societe Nouvelle de Cinematographie, Tritone Cinematografica.  Screenplay by Jean-Claude Carriere, Jacques Deray, from a story by Alain Page.  Cinematography by Jean-Jacques Tarbes.  Produced by Gerard Beytout.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Production Design by Paul Laffargue.  Costume Design by Andre Courreges.  Film Editing by Paul Cayatte. This erotic drama likely became as…

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The Fire Within (1963)

LOUIS MALLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Le Feu Follet France, 1963.  Nouvelles Editions de Films.  Adaptation by Louis Malle, based on the novel by Pierre Drieu La Rochelle. Cinematography by Ghislain Cloquet.  Music by Erik Satie.  Production Design by Bernard Evein.  Costume Design by Gitt Magrini.  Film Editing by Suzanne Baron. Louis Malle goes deep into the soul…

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Elevator To The Gallows (1958)

LOUIS MALLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Ascenseur Pour L’Echafaud France, 1958.  Nouvelles Editions de Films.  Adaptation by Roger Nimier, Louis Malle, dialogue by Roger Nimier, pre-adaptation by Noel Calef, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Henri Decae.  Produced by Jean Thuillier.  Music by Miles Davis.  Production Design by Jean Mandaroux, Rino Mondellini.  Film Editing by Leonide Azar. Louis Malle got…

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Purple Noon (1960)

RENE CLEMENT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB Original title: Plein Soleil France/Italy, 1960.  Robert et Raymond Hakim, Paris Film, Paritalia, Titanus.  Adaptation and dialogue by Rene Clement, Paul Gegauff, based on the novel The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith.  Cinematography by Henri Decae.  Produced by Raymond Hakim, Robert Hakim, Goffredo Lombardo.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Paul Bertrand.  Costume…

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Bloodline (1979)

TERENCE YOUNG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/West Germany, 1979.  Bavaria Film, NF Geria III-Produktion München.  Screenplay by Laird Koenig, based on the novel by Sidney Sheldon.  Cinematography by Freddie Young.  Produced by Sidney Beckerman, David V. Picker.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Enrico Sabbatini.  Film Editing by Bud Molin.   A pharmaceutical tycoon is murdered on a…

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The Unfaithful Wife (1969)

CLAUDE CHABROL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  La Femme Infidele Italy/France, 1969.  Cinegai S.p.A., Les Films de la Boétie.  Screenplay by Claude Chabrol.  Cinematography by Jean Rabier.  Produced by Ander Genoves, Felice Testa Gay.  Music by Pierre Jansen.  Production Design by Guy Littaye.  Costume Design by Maurice Albray.  Film Editing by Jacques Gaillard.  Stéphane Audran is fantastic in this Hitchcockian thriller with a…

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