Sawdust & Tinsel (1953)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original Title: Gycklarnas afton Sweden, 1953. Sandrews. Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman. Cinematography by Hilding Bladh, Sven Nykvist. Produced by Rune Waldekranz. Music by Karl-Birger Blomdahl. Production Design by Bibi Lindstrom. Costume Design by Mago. Film Editing by Carl-Olov Skeppstedt. The drama among members of a group of…

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Hurricane (1979)

JAN TROELL Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.   USA/Netherlands, 1979.  Dino De Laurentiis Company, Famous Films.  Screenplay by Lorenzo Semple Jr., based on the novel by James Norman Hall, Charles Nordhoff.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Danilo Donati.  Costume Design by Danilo Donati.  Film Editing by Sam O’Steen.  Dino De Laurentiis was so…

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Starting Over (1979)

ALAN J. PAKULA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1979.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by James L. Brooks, based on the novel by Dan Wakefield.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by James L. Brooks, Alan J. Pakula.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by John Boxer.  Film Editing by Marion Rothman.   Candice Bergen is tired of being upper-middle-class housewife…

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Pretty Baby (1978)

LOUIS MALLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1978.  Paramount Pictures.  Story by Polly Platt, Louis Malle, Screenplay by Polly Platt.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Louis Malle.  Production Design by Trevor Williams.  Film Editing by Suzanne Fenn.   Brooke Shields has spent all her twelve years growing up in a World War I-era New Orleans brothel, her mother (Susan Sarandon) a seasoned…

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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 Virgin Spring (1960)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Jungfrukallan Sweden, 1960.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ulla Isaksson.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Ingmar Bergman, Allan Ekelund.  Music by Erik Nordgren. Production Design by P.A. Lundgren.  Costume Design by Marik Vos-Lundh.  Film Editing by Oscar Rosander.   An old Swedish legend is turned into gorgeous baroque drama by Ingmar Bergman in this deservedly famous,…

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Black Moon (1975)

LOUIS MALLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  France/West Germany, 1975.  Nouvelles Editions de Films, Bioskop Film.  Screenplay by Louis Malle, additional dialogue by Joyce Bunuel.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Claude Nedjar.  Production Design by Ghislain Uhry.  Film Editing by Suzanne Baron.   A young woman (Cathryn Harrison, granddaughter to Rex) escapes a post-apocalyptic battleground in her car and finds herself in an abandoned…

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With Honours (1994)

ALEK KESHISHIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1994.  Spring Creek Productions, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by William Mastrosimone.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Amy Robinson, Paula Weinstein.  Music by Patrick Leonard.  Production Design by Barbara Ling.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Michael R. Miller.   College melodrama where students are taught to break the rules by an unorthodox guru….

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Shame (1968)

INGMAR BERGMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  Skammen Sweden, 1968.  Cinematograph AB, Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Lars-Owe Carlberg.  Production Design by P.A. Lundgren.  Costume Design by Mago.  Film Editing by Ulla Ryghe.   One of the most exciting of the many curious and wonderful chamber pieces that Bergman filmed on his home island of…

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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

BOB RAFELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA/West Germany, 1981.  CIP Filmproduktion GmbH, Lorimar Film Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, New Gold Entertainment, Northstar International.  Screenplay by David Mamet, based on the novel by James M. Cain.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Charles Mulvehill, Bob Rafelson.  Music by Michael Small.  Production Design by George Jenkins.  Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins.  Film Editing by Graeme Clifford.  …

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Something To Talk About (1995)

LASSE HALLSTROM Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1995.  Hawn / Sylbert Movie Company, Spring Creek Productions, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Callie Khouri.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Anthea Sylbert, Paula Weinstein.  Music by Graham Preskett, Hans Zimmer.  Production Design by Mel Bourne.  Costume Design by Aggie Guerard Rodgers.  Film Editing by Mia Goldman.   Writer Callie Khouri goes from…

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What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

LASSE HALLSTROM Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1993.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Peter Hedges, based on his novel.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by David Matalon, Bertil Ohlsson, Meir Teper.  Music by Bjorn Isfalt, Alan Parker.  Production Design by Bernt Amadeus Capra.  Costume Design by Renee Ehrlich Kalfus.  Film Editing by Andrew Mondshein.   Touching family drama about the young man of the…

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