The Executioner (1963)

LUIS GARCIA BERLANGA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5. Original Title: El verdugo Spain/Italy, 1963.  Naga Films, Zebra Films.  Story and Screenplay by Luis García Berlanga, Rafael Azcona, collaboration with Ennio Flaiano.  Cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli.  Produced by Nazario Belmar.  Music by Miguel Asins Arbó.  Production Design by Luis Arguello.  Costume Design by Maruja…

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Plácido (1961)

LUIS GARCIA BERLANGA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  Spain, 1961. Jet Films.   Story by Luis García Berlanga, Rafael Azcona, Screenplay by Luis García Berlanga, Rafael Azcona, José Luis Colina, José Luis Font.  Cinematography by Francisco Sempere.   Produced by Alfredo Matas.  Music by Miguel Asins Arbó.   Production Design by Antonio Cortés.   Film Editing by Jose…

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Peppermint Frappé (1967)

CARLOS SAURA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Spain, 1967.    Elías Querejeta Producciones Cinematográficas S.L..   Story by Carlos Saura, Screenplay by Rafael Azcona, Angelino Fons, Carlos Saura.   Cinematography by Luis Cuadrado.    Produced by Elías Querejeta.   Music by Luis De Pablo.  Production Design by Emilio Sanz de Soto.   Costume Design by Angelines Castro.   Film…

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Belle Epoque (1992)

FERNANDO TRUEBA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Spain/Portugal/France, 1992.  Animatógrafo, Eurimages, Fernando Trueba Producciones Cinematográficas, Lolafilms, Sogepaq.  Story by Rafael Azcona, Jose Luis Garcia Sanchez, Fernando Trueba, Screenplay by Rafael Azcona.  Cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine.  Music by Antoine Duhamel.  Production Design by Juan Botella.  Costume Design by Lala Huete.  Film Editing by Carmen Frias.  Academy Awards 1993.   An army deserter happens upon…

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Portrait Of Carlos Saura (2004)

JOSE LUIS LOPEZ-LINARES Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB Original title:  Retrato De Carlos Saura Spain, 2004.  Zebra Producciones.  Screenplay by Agustin Sanchez Vidal.  Cinematography by Teo Delgado, Miguel Sales Lopes.  Produced by Jose Velasco.  Film Editing by Fidel Collados.   This documentary triptych through the life and career of Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura is often more entertaining than many of his…

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Ay, Carmela! (1990)

CARLOS SAURA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Spain/Italy, 1990.  Iberoamericana Films Internacional, Television Espanola, Ellepi Films.  Screenplay by Carlos Saura, Rafael Azcona, based on the play by Jose Sanchis Sinisterra.  Cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine.  Produced by Andrés Vicente Gómez.  Music by Alejandro Masso.  Production Design by Rafael Palmero.  Costume Design by Mercedes Sanchez Rau.  Film Editing by Pablo G. del Amo.  Toronto International…

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Blood And Sand

BB (out of 5) Original title:  Sangre Y Arena Anything Sharon Stone did pre-Basic Instinct will only really be watched by fans who want to see what her career was like before she was a movie star, and this film will undoubtedly be treated no differently than the rest. A zero-budget little scrapper made in Spain,…

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Butterfly

BBBB (out of 5) Original title:  La Lengua de las Mariposas While the Spanish civil war brews in the distance, a young boy growing up in the provinces is inspired by his aging teacher to reach out and grasp an understanding of the world around him. His innocent perceptions of politics, sexuality and nature are widened…

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