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.   Boston Film Critics Awards 1981….

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The Widow Couderc (1971)

PIERRE GRANIER-DEFERRE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 Original Title: La Veuve Couderc France/Italy, 1971.  Lira Films, Pegaso Cinematografica.  Screenplay by Pierre Granier-Deferre, Pascal Jardin, dialogue by Pascal Jardin, based on the novel by Georges Simenon. Cinematography by Walter Wottitz.  Produced by Raymond Danon.  Music by Philippe Sarde.  Production Design by Jacques Saulnier.  Costume Design…

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The Girl On The Train (2009)

ANDRE TECHINE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. Original Title: La fille du RER France, 2009.  Union Generale Cinematographique, SBS Films, France 2 Cinema, Soficinéma 5, Sofica UGC 1, Canal+, TPS Star, Centre National du Cinema et de L’Image Animee.  Screenplay by André Téchiné, Odile Barski, Jean-Marie Besset, based on the play by Jean-Marie Besset. …

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The French Minister (2013)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Original title:  Quai D’Orsay France, 2013.  Little Bear, Pathé, France 2 Cinéma, CN2 Productions, Alvy Développement, Canal+, Ciné+, Site 4 View Productions.  Screenplay by Abel Lanzac, Christophe Blain, Bertrand Tavernier, based on the comic book Quai d’Orsay-Chroniques Diplomatiques by Abel Lanzac, Christophe Blain.  Cinematography by Jerome Almeras.  Produced by Frederic Bourboulon, Jerome Seydoux.  Music…

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Pirates (1986)

ROMAN POLANSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  France/Tunisia, 1986.  Carthago Films S.a.r.l., Accent Films, Cominco.  Screenplay by Gerard Brach, Roman Polanski, from a screenplay by John Brownjohn.  Cinematography by Witold Sobocinski.  Produced by Tarak Ben Ammar.  Music by Philippe Sarde.  Production Design by Pierre Guffroy.  Costume Design by Anthony Powell.  Film Editing by Herve de Luze, William Reynolds.  Academy Awards 1986. Roman Polanski…

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The Judge And The Assassin (1976)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Le Juge Et L’Assassin France, 1976.  Lira Films, Société Française de Production et de Création Audiovisuelles, France Régions 3.  Directed by Bertrand Tavernier.  Story by Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost, Screenplay by Jean Aurenche, Bertrand Tavernier.  Cinematography by Pierre-William Glenn.  Produced by Raymond Danon.  Music by Philippe Sarde.  Production Design by Antoine Roman.  Costume Design by…

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Me And My Sister (2004)

ALEXANDRA LECLERE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  Original title:  Les Soeurs Fachees France, 2004.  Pan Européenne, StudioCanal, France 2 Cinéma, Région Ile-de-France, Canal+, CinéCinéma.  Screenplay by Alexandra Leclere.  Cinematography by Michel Amathieu.  Produced by Philippe Godeau.  Music by Philippe Sarde.  Production Design by Carlos Conti.  Costume Design by Esther Walz.  Film Editing by Herve de Luze, Jacqueline Mariani.   Friendly, vivacious Louise (Catherine…

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Sincerely Charlotte

CAROLINE HUPPERT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   Original title:  Signe Charlotte Happily settled into a new relationship, Niels Arestrup is thrown for a loop when his wild ex-girlfriend (Isabelle Huppert) shows up for a reunion. She tells him that her lover has been murdered and she can’t face the police for fear that she might be…

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The Princess Of Montpensier (2010)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  La Princesse de Montpensier France/Germany, 2010.  Paradis Films, StudioCanal, France 2 Cinéma, France 3 Cinéma, Pandora Filmproduktion, Outsider Productions, Canal+, CinéCinéma, France Télévision, Cinémage 4, La Banque Postale Image 3, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Filmförderungsanstalt, Région Auvergne, Centre Images, MEDIA Programme of the European Union.  Screenplay by Jean…

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A Sunday In The Country (1984)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Un Dimanche A La Campagne France, 1984.  Films A2, Little Bear, Sara Films.  Screenplay by Bertrand Tavernier, Colo Tavernier, based on the novel Monsieur Ladmiral Va Bientot Mourir by Pierre Bost.  Cinematography by Bruno de Keyzer.  Produced by Bertrand Tavernier.  Music by Philippe Sarde.  Production Design by Patrice Mercier.  Costume Design by Yvonne…

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Clean Slate (1981)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Original title:  Coup De Torchon France, 1981.  Les Films de la Tour, Films A2, Little Bear.  Directed by Bertrand Tavernier.  Screenplay by Bertrand Tavernier, Jean Aurenche, based on the novel Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson.  Cinematography by Pierre-William Glenn.  Produced by Henri Lassa, Adolphe Viezzi. Music by Philippe Sarde.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Jacqueline…

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The Story Of Piera

BBB.5 (out of 5) Original title:  Storia Di Piera Isabelle Huppert plays Piera, a young woman who grows up under the parentage of two extremely original overseers: both her mother (Hanna Schygulla) and father (Marcello Mastroianni) have incestuous relations with her before they are committed to insane asylums.  Based on a semi-autobiographical synopsis by actress Piera Degli…

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