The Black Cat (1981)

LUCIO FULCI Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.5.  Original title:  Gatto Nero Italy, 1981.  Italian International Film, Selenia Cinematografica.  Story by Biagio Proietti, Screenplay by Lucio Fulci, Biagio Proietti, based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe.  Cinematography by Sergio Salvati.  Produced by Giulio Sbarigia.  Music by Pino Donaggio.  Production Design by Franco Calabrese.  Costume Design by Massimo Lentini.  Film Editing by Vincenzo Tomassi.   One…

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The Bronte Sisters (1979)

ANDRE TECHINE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  Les Soeurs Bronte France, 1979.  Action Films, Gaumont, France 3.  Scenario and dialogue by Pascal Bonitzer, Andre Techine, with the participation of Jean Gruault.  Cinematography by Bruno Nuytten.  Produced by Yves Gasser, Klaus Hellwig, Yves Peyrot.  Production Design by Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko.  Costume Design by Christian Gasc.  Film Editing by Claudine Merlin.   An exquisite period piece…

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The Servant (1963)

JOSEPH LOSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1963.  Elstree Distributors, Springbok Productions.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by Robin Maugham.  Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe. Produced by Joseph Losey, Norman Priggen.  Music by John Dankworth.  Production Design by Richard Macdonald.  Costume Design by Beatrice Dawson.  Film Editing by Reginald Mills.  Joseph Losey’s superb production stars Dirk…

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Chariots Of Fire (1981)

HUGH HUDSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. United Kingdom, 1981.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Allied Stars Ltd., Enigma Productions.  Screenplay by Colin Welland. Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by David Puttnam.  Music by Vangelis.  Production Design by Jonathan Amberston, Len Huntingford, Anna Ridley, Andrew Sanders.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Terry Rawlings.   Inspirational, touching tale of underdog glory that…

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Seance On A Wet Afternoon (1964)

BRYAN FORBES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1964.   Beaver Films, Allied Film Makers.   Screenplay by Bryan Forbes, based on the novel by Mark McShane.   Cinematography by Gerry Turpin.   Produced by Richard Attenborough.   Music by John Barry.   Production Design by Ray Simm.   Costume Design by Laurel Staffell.   Film Editing by Derek York.    Kim…

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Barry Lyndon (1975)

STANLEY KUBRICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  United Kingdom, 1975.  Peregrine, Hawk Films, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick, based on the novel The Memoirs Of Barry Lyndon, esq. by William Makepeace Thackeray.  Cinematography by John Alcott.  Produced by Stanley Kubrick.  Music by Leonard Rosenman.  Production Design by Ken Adam.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero, Ulla-Britt Soderlund.  Film Editing by Tony Lawson.  …

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A Clockwork Orange (1971)

STANLEY KUBRICK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA, 1971.  Warner Bros., Hawk Films.  Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick, based on the novel by Anthony Burgess.  Cinematography by John Alcott.  Produced by Stanley Kubrick.  Music by Wendy Carlos.  Production Design by John Barry.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Bill Butler.   Thoroughly disturbing but intelligent and satisfying adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s novel. Malcolm McDowell is…

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Zulu (1964)

CY ENDFIELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1964.  Diamond Films.  Screenplay by John Prebble, Cy Endfield, suggested by an article by John Prebble.  Cinematography by Stephen Dade.  Produced by Stanley Baker, Cy Endfield.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Ernest Archer.  Costume Design by Hilda Geerdts.  Film Editing by John Jympson.   Michael Caine‘s major film debut came about in this…

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The Masque Of The Red Death (1964)

ROGER CORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   USA, 1964.  Alta Vista Productions.  Screenplay by Charles Beaumont, R. Wright Campbell, based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe.  Cinematography by Nicolas Roeg.   Produced by Roger Corman.  Music by David Lee.  Production Design by Daniel Haller.  Costume Design by Laura Nightingale.  Film Editing by Ann Chegwidden. This adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s story is…

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The Trojan Women (1971)

MICHAEL CACOYANNIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA/Greece, 1971.  Josef Shaftel Productions Inc..  Screenplay by Mihalis Kakogiannis, English translation by Edith Hamilton, based on the play by Euripides.  Cinematography by Alfio Contini.  Produced by Mihalis Kakogiannis, Anis Nohra.  Music by Mikis Theodorakis.  Production Design by Nicholas Georgiadis.  Costume Design by Nicholas Georgiadis, Annalisa Nasalli-Rocca.  Film Editing by Mihalis Kakogiannis.   This stagey but…

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