Death Watch (1980)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 Original Title: La Mort En Direct France/West Germany, 1980. Films A2, Gaumont International, Little Bear, Sara Films, Selta Films, Societe Francaise de Production, TV13 Filmproduktion. Screenplay by David Rayfiel, Bertrand Tavernier, Géza von Radványi, based on the novel by David Compton. Cinematography by Pierre-William Glenn. Produced by…

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Ludwig (1972)

LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Italy/France/West Germany, 1972.  Mega Film, Cinétel, Dieter Geissler Filmproduktion, Divina-Film.  Story and Screenplay by Luchino Visconti, Enrico Medioli, collaboration with Suso Cecchi D’Amico.  Cinematography by Armando Nannuzzi.  Produced by Dieter Geissler, Ugo Santalucia.  Production Design by Mario Chiari, Mario Scisci.  Costume Design by Piero Tosi.  Film Editing by Ruggero Mastroianni.  Academy Awards 1973.   The life…

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The Swimming Pool (1969)

JACQUES DERAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Original title:  La Piscine Italy/France, 1969.  Societe Nouvelle de Cinematographie, Tritone Cinematografica.  Screenplay by Jean-Claude Carriere, Jacques Deray, from a story by Alain Page.  Cinematography by Jean-Jacques Tarbes.  Produced by Gerard Beytout.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Production Design by Paul Laffargue.  Costume Design by Andre Courreges.  Film Editing by Paul Cayatte. This erotic drama likely became as…

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Boccaccio ’70 (1962)

VITTORIO DE SICA, FEDERICO FELLINI, MARIO MONICELLI, LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Italy/France, 1962.  Cineriz, Concordia Compagnia Cinematografica, Francinex, Gray-Film.  Screenplay by Giovanni Arpino, Italo Calvino, Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Mario Monicelli, Goffredo Parise, Tullio Pinelli, Brunello Rondi, Luchino Visconti, Cesare Zavattini.  Cinematography by Otello Martelli, Armando Nannuzzi, Giuseppe Rotunno.  Produced by Carlo Ponti.  Music by Nino…

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The Cardinal (1963)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1963.  Otto Preminger Films.  Screenplay by Robert Dozier, based on the novel by Henry Morton Robinson.   Cinematography by Leon Shamroy.   Produced by Otto Preminger.   Music by Jerome Moross.   Production Design by Lyle R. Wheeler.  Costume Design by Donald Brooks.    Film Editing by Louis R. Loeffler.  Academy Awards 1963.  Golden Globe Awards 1963.  National…

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What’s New Pussycat (1965)

CLIVE DONNER, RICHARD TALMADGE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  France/USA, 1965.  Famous Artists Productions, Famartists Productions S.A..  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Jean Badal.  Produced by Charles K. Feldman.  Music by Burt Bacharach.  Production Design by Jacques Saulnier.  Costume Design by Gladys De Segonzac.  Film Editing by Fergus McDonell.  Academy Awards 1965.   The first feature film script written by Woody Allen to be produced, this…

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Bloodline (1979)

TERENCE YOUNG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/West Germany, 1979.  Bavaria Film, NF Geria III-Produktion München.  Screenplay by Laird Koenig, based on the novel by Sidney Sheldon.  Cinematography by Freddie Young.  Produced by Sidney Beckerman, David V. Picker.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Ted Haworth.  Costume Design by Enrico Sabbatini.  Film Editing by Bud Molin.   A pharmaceutical tycoon is murdered on a…

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Cesar And Rosalie

BBB (out of 5) Original title:  Cesar Et Rosalie Claude Sautet’s intimate drama revolves around the stormy relationship between a beautiful, recent divorcee (Romy Schneider) and her passionate, possessive new boyfriend (Yves Montand). When an old flame of hers shows up, she seeks comfort in him after fighting with Montand, leading to a whole series of…

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