Happy As Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018)

ALICE ROHRWACHER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Italy/Switzerland/France/Germany, 2018.  Tempesta, Amka Films Productions, Ad Vitam Production, Pola Pandora Filmproduktions, Rai Cinema, RSI-Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Arte France, Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Regione Lazio, Office Fédéral de la Culture, Fonds Eurimages du Conseil de l’Europe.  Screenplay by…

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Son of the Pink Panther (1993)

BLAKE EDWARDS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  Italy/USA, 1993.  Filmauro, International Traders, United Artists.  Story by Blake Edwards, Screenplay by Blake Edwards, Madeline Sunshine, Steven Sunshine, based on characters created by Maurice Richlin, Blake Edwards.  Cinematography by Dick Bush.  Produced by Tony Adams, Friend Michael Wells.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Peter Mullins.  Costume Design by Annie Crawford.   Film Editing…

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Pasolini: An Italian Crime (Pasolini: Un Delitto Italiano)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Celebrated Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (Salo, Accattone) had his prolific life ended abruptly when he was found bludgeoned to death in his car near a local beach outside of Rome. The story that has survived to this day is that he picked up a prostitute who did the deed (Pasolini…

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Down By Law

BBBB.5 (out of 5) John Lurie plays a New Orleans pimp who is set up by a rival and thrown in jail for something he didn’t do. Tom Waits is an unemployed disc jockey who is pulled aside for drunk driving and his car is found to possess a dead body that he didn’t put there….

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According To Pereira (Sostiene Pereira)

BBB (out of 5) Marcello Mastroianni is terrific as a tired, aging Lisbon journalist whose cultural column is a staple of the city’s paper but its content is completely beyond the interest of his indulgent editor. He meets a young writer (Stefano Dionisi) whom he decides to help break into the business, but finds he can’t…

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The Sheltering Sky

BB (out of 5) Bernardo Bertolucci follows his multi-Oscar awarded The Last Emperor with an adaptation of Paul Bowles’ marvelous novel, injecting his own familiar brand of sensual detail to the tale of travellers crossing Algeria in the 1930s. John Malkovich and Debra Winger are the married couple voyaging with an often unwelcome guest Campbell Scott, beleaguered by hiccups in…

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Pinocchio (2002)

B (out of 5) If you took your money and put it through a paper shredder you’d get more entertainment than from watching this awful film. Roberto Benigni directs and stars as Carlo Collodi’s incorrigible puppet, a young wooden boy who tries to stay on the straight and narrow but is far too easily led towards…

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Life Is Beautiful (La Vita E Bella)

ROBERTO BENIGNI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Italy, 1998.  Screenplay by Roberto Benigni, Vincenzo Cerami.  Cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli.  Produced by Gianluigi Braschi, John M. Davis, Elda Ferri.  Music by Nicola Piovani.  Production Design by Danilo Donati.  Costume Design by Danilo Donati.  Film Editing by Simona Paggi.  Academy Awards:  / Cannes Film Festival / Toronto International Film Festival.  Beautiful, bittersweet fable about a goofy Italian bookseller (Roberto…

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