Loving Couples (1980)

JACK SMIGHT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1980.  Time Life Films.  Screenplay by Martin Donovan. Cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop.  Produced by Renee Valente.  Music by Fred Karlin.  Production Design by Bill Harp.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge, Arnold Scaasi.  Film Editing by Frank J. Urioste.  Couple swapping is yet again the subject of a romantic comedy, and this one barely…

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Divine Madness (1980)

MICHAEL RITCHIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1980.  The Ladd Company.  Screenplay by Jerry Blatt, Bette Midler, Bruce Vilanch.  Cinematography by William A. Fraker.  Costume Design by Dorothy Baca, Robert De Mora.  Golden Globe Awards 1980.   The biggest problem with this exciting concert performance caught on film by director Michael Ritchie is just how dated it is: some of…

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Bad Timing

BBB (out of 5) Art Garfunkel meets Theresa Russell at a party and they begin an intense affair that spins out of control when their destructive obsession with each other, and her particularly self-destructive ways, work against them. The film begins with Russell in a coma after a drug overdose, and while doctors do their best to…

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Slow Motion (1980)

JEAN-LUC GODARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Sauve Qui Peut La Vie Alternate title:  Every Man For Himself France/Austria/West Germany/Switzerland, 1980.  Sara Films, MK2 Productions, Saga-Productions, Sonimage, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, Télévision Suisse-Romande, Österreichischer Rundfunk.  Screenplay by Jean-Luc Godard, Anne-Marie Mieville.  Cinematography by Renato Berta, William Lubtchansky, Jean-Bernard Menoud.  Produced by Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Sarde.  Music by Gabriel…

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Resurrection

DANIEL PETRIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.    Following a near-death experience in a car accident, one which claims the life of her husband, Ellen Burstyn makes a full recovery only to discover that her journey into and back from the afterlife has left her with the ability to heal illnesses. At first only the…

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Loulou (1980)

MAURICE PIALAT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France, 1980.  Action Films, Gaumont.  Scenario by Arlette Langmann, adaptation and dialogue by Arlette Langmann, Maurice Pialat.  Cinematography by Pierre-William Glenn, Jacques Loiseleux.  Produced by Yves Gasser, Klaus Hellwig.  Production Design by Alain Alitbol, Max Berto, Jean-Pierre Sarrazin.  Costume Design by Dorothee Nonn.  Film Editing by Yann Dedet.  Cannes…

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