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.   Roman Polanski was possibly looking…

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The Tenant (1976)

ROMAN POLANSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  France, 1976.  Marianne Productions.  Screenplay by Gerard Brach, Roman Polanski, based on the novel by Roland Topor.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Andrew Braunsberg.  Music by Philippe Sard.  Production Design by Pierre Guffroy.  Costume Design by Jacques Schmidt.  Film Editing by Francoise Bonnot.   Roman Polanski scores a rare misfire with this unintelligible thriller. He stars…

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The Bride Wore Black (1968)

FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  La Mariee Etait En Noir France/Italy, 1968.  Les Films du Carrosse, Les Productions Artistes Associes, Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica.  Adaptation and dialogue by Francois Truffaut, Jean-Louis Richard, based on the novel by Cornell Woolrich. Cinematography by Raoul Coutard.  Produced by Marcel Berbert, Oscar Lewenstein. Music by Bernard Herrmann.  Production Design by Pierre…

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Pierrot Le Fou (1965)

JEAN-LUC GODARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  France/Italy, 1965.  Films Georges de Beauregard, Rome Paris Films, Societe Nouvelle de Cinematographie, Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica.  Screenplay by Jean-Luc Godard, based on the novel Obsession by Lionel White.  Cinematography by Raoul Coutard.  Produced by Georges de Beauregard.  Music by Antoine Duhamel.  Production Design by Pierre Guffroy.  Film Editing by Francoise Collin.   Jean-Paul Belmondo…

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Alphaville (1965)

JEAN-LUC GODARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Alphaville: Une Etrange Aventure De Lemmy Caution France/Italy, 1965. André Michelin Productions, Filmstudio, Chaumiane.  Screenplay by Jean-Luc Godard, based on the poem Capitale de la Douleur by Paul Eluard.  Cinematography by Raoul Coutard.  Produced by Andre Michelin.  Music by Paul Misraki.  Production Design by Pierre Guffroy.  Film Editing by Agnes Guillemot. Jean-Luc Godard’s…

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The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (1988)

PHILIP KAUFMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1988.  The Saul Zaentz Company.  Screenplay by Jean-Claude Carriere, Philip Kaufman, based on the novel by Milan Kundera.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Saul Zaentz.  Music by Mark Adler.  Production Design by Pierre Guffroy.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by Vivien Hillgrove Gilliam, Michael Magill, Walter Murch, B.J. Sears.   Milan Kundera’s supposedly…

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Valmont

MILOS FORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Coming out one year after Stephen Frears’ successful Dangerous Liaisons, which was an adaptation of the same Choderlos de Laclos novel as this period piece, comparisons between the two were inevitable and not necessarily fair. Liaisons was based on the play by Christopher Hampton, which was adapted from…

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The Testament Of Orpheus (1960)

JEAN COCTEAU Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB Original title:  Le Testament D’Orphee France, 1960.  Cinédis, Les Editions Cinégraphiques.  Screenplay by Jean Cocteau.  Cinematography by Roland Pontoizeau.  Produced by Jean Thuillier.  Music by Georges Auric.  Production Design by Pierre Guffroy.  Costume Design by Janine Janet.  Film Editing by Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte.   Jean Cocteau completes his Orphic trilogy and closes his film career with this little meditation…

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Death And The Maiden (1994)

ROMAN POLANSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom/USA/France, 1994.  Fine Line Features, Capitol Films, Channel Four Films, Flach Film, Canal+, Les Films de l’Astre, TF1 Films Production.  Screenplay by Rafael Yglesias, Roman Polanski, based on the play by Ariel Dorfman.  Cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli.  Produced by Josh Kramer, Thom Mount.  Music by Wojciech Kilar.  Production Design by Pierre Guffroy.  Costume…

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Frantic (1988)

ROMAN POLANSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/France, 1988.  Warner Bros., The Mount Company.  Screenplay by Gerard Brach, Roman Polanski.  Cinematography by Witold Sobocinski.  Produced by Tim Hampton, Thom Mount.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Pierre Guffroy.  Costume Design by Anthony Powell.  Film Editing by Sam O’Steen. Very cool thriller by Roman Polanski stars Harrison Ford (unusually excellent) as a successful…

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Tess (1979)

ROMAN POLANSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  France/United Kingdom, 1979.  Renn Productions, Timothy Burrill Productions, Société Française de Production.  Screenplay by Gerard Brach, Roman Polanski, John Brownjohn, based on the novel Tess Of The d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.  Cinematography by Ghislain Cloquet, Geoffrey Unsworth.  Produced by Claude Berri.  Music by Philippe Sarde.  Production Design by Pierre Guffroy.  Costume Design by Anthony Powell.  Film Editing…

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Black Orpheus (1959)

MARCEL CAMUS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original title:  Orfeu Negro Brazil/France/Italy, 1959.  Dispat Films, Gemma, Tupan Filmes.  Screenplay by Marcel Camus, Jacques Viot, based on the play Orfeu do Carnaval by Vinicius de Moraes.  Cinematography by Jean Bourgoin.  Produced by Sacha Gordine.  Music by Luiz Bonfa, Antonio Carlos Jobim.  Production Design by Pierre Guffroy.  Film Editing by Andree Feix.   Gorgeous, musical film…

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