The White Countess (2005)

JAMES IVORY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  United Kingdom/Germany/China/USA, 2005.  Merchant Ivory Productions, Sony Pictures Classics, Shanghai Film Group, VIP 3 Medienfonds, Global Cinema Group, Rising Star, China Film Co-Production Corporation. Screenplay by Kazuo Ishiguro. Cinematography by Christopher Doyle. Produced by Ismail Merchant, Zhonglun Ren. Music by Richard Robbins. Production Design by Andrew Sanders….

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Maid In Manhattan (2002)

WAYNE WANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2002.  Revolution Studios, Red Om Films.  Story by John Hughes, Screenplay by Kevin Wade.  Cinematography by Karl Walter Lindenlaub.  Produced by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Paul Schiff, Deborah Schindler.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Jane Musky.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Craig McKay.   An honest and hardworking hotel chambermaid (Jennifer Lopez) gets the chance to…

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The Comfort Of Strangers (1990)

PAUL SCHRADER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA/Italy/United Kingdom, 1990.  Erre Produzioni, Reteitalia, Sovereign Pictures, The Rank Organisation.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Angelo Rizzoli Jr..  Music by Angelo Badalamenti.  Production Design by Gianni Quaranta.  Costume Design by Giorgio Armani.  Film Editing by Bill Pankow. British travellers in Italy Natasha Richardson and Rupert Everett become the unwitting houseguests of a…

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A Month In The Country (1987)

PAT O’CONNOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1987.  Channel Four Films, Euston Films, PfH Ltd..  Screenplay by Simon Gray, based on the novel by J.L. Carr.  Cinematography by Kenneth MacMillan.  Produced by Kenith Trodd.  Music by Howard Blake.  Production Design by Leo Austin.  Costume Design by Judy Moorcroft.  Film Editing by John Victor-Smith.   This mild British drama features powerful acting and…

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Evening (2007)

LAJOS KOLTAI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2007.  Hart-Sharp Entertainment, MBF Erste Filmproduktiongesellschaft, Twins Financing.  Screenplay by Susan Minot, Michael Cunningham, based on the novel by Susan Minot.  Cinematography by Gyula Pados.  Produced by Jeffrey Sharp.  Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.  Production Design by Caroline Hanania.  Costume Design by Michelle Matland, Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Allyson C. Johnson.   Vanessa Redgrave lies…

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Widows’ Peak (1994)

JOHN IRVIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/Ireland, 1994.  British Screen Productions, Jo Manuel Productions, The Rank Organisation.  Story and Screenplay by Hugh Leonard.  Cinematography by Ashley Rowe.  Produced by Jo Manuel.   Music by Carl Davis.  Production Design by Leo Austin.  Costume Design by Consolata Boyle.  Film Editing by Peter Tanner.   In the sleepy town of Kilshannon in Ireland, Mrs. Doyle…

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Gothic (1986)

KEN RUSSELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  United Kingdom, 1986.  Virgin Vision.  Screenplay by Stephen Volk, based on a story by Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley.  Cinematography by Mike Southon.  Produced by Penny Corke.  Music by Thomas Dolby.  Production Design by Christopher Hobbs.  Costume Design by Kay Gallwey, Victoria Russell.  Film Editing by Michael Bradsell.   As in Haunted Summer and Rowing With The…

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The Handmaid’s Tale (1990)

VOLKER SCHLONDORFF Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA/Germany, 1990.  Bioskop Film, Cinecom Entertainment Group, Cinétudes Films, Daniel Wilson Productions, Master Partners, Odyssey.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by Margaret Atwood.  Cinematography by Igor Luther.  Produced by Daniel Wilson.  Music by Ryûichi Sakamoto.  Production Design by Thomas A. Walsh.  Costume Design by Colleen Atwood.  Film Editing by David Ray.   Margaret Atwood’s…

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Blow Dry (2001)

PADDY BREATHNACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/United Kingdom/Germany, 2001.  IMF Internationale Medien und Film GmbH & Co. Produktions KG, Intermedia Films, Mirage Enterprises, West Eleven Films.  Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy.  Cinematography by Cian de Buitlear.  Produced by William Horberg, Ruth Jackson, David Rubin.  Music by Patrick Doyle.  Production Design by Sophie Becher.  Costume Design by Rosie Hackett.  Film Editing by Tony Lawson. Natasha…

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Nell (1994)

MICHAEL APTED Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1994.  Egg Pictures, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by William Nicholson, Mark Handley, based on the play Idioglossia by Mark Handley.  Cinematography by Dante Spinotti.  Produced by Jodie Foster, Renee Missel.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Jon Hutman.  Costume Design by Susan Lyall.  Film Editing by Jim Clark.   Jodie Foster gives an endearing performance…

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