Documenteur (1981)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA/France, 1981.  Ciné Tamaris.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda.  Cinematography by Nurith Aviv, Affonso Beato, Bob Carr.  Music by Georges Delerue.  Film Editing by Bob Gould, Sabine Mamou.  Toronto International Film Festival 1981.   Agnes Varda followed the shooting of her excellent documentary Mur Murs with this intelligent and absorbing fictional film.  It’s about a recently divorced French woman…

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Mur Murs (1981)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   France/USA, 1981.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda.  Cinematography by Nurith Aviv.  Film Editing by Bob Gould, Sabine Mamou.  Toronto International Film Festival 1981. This scintillating collection of eye popping images was made during Agnes Varda’s years working in California.  She invites us to share her fascination with mural art in Los Angeles, traveling to various landmarks…

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Only When I Laugh (1981)

GLENN JORDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1981.  Rastar Films.  Screenplay by Neil Simon, based on his play The Gingerbread Lady.  Cinematography by David M. Walsh.  Produced by Roger M. Rothstein, Neil Simon.  Music by David Shire.  Production Design by Albert Brenner.  Costume Design by Ann Roth.  Film Editing by John Wright.  Academy Awards 1981.  Golden Globe Awards 1981.  Toronto International Film Festival 1981….

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Cutter’s Way

IVAN PASSER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1981.  Gurian Entertainment.  Screenplay by Jeffrey Alan Fiskin, based on the novel Cutter and Bone by Newton Thornburg.  Cinematography by Jordan Cronenweth.  Produced by Paul R. Gurian.  Music by Jack Nitzsche.  Production Design by Josan F. Russo.  Costume Design by Jane Ruhm.  Film Editing by Caroline Biggerstaff.   Exceptional, moody thriller that plays like James Ellroy….

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Montenegro (1981)

DUSAN MAKAVEJEV Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  Sweden/United Kingdom, 1981.  Europa Film, Smart Egg Productions, Viking Film.  Screenplay by Donald Arthur, Dusan Makavejev, Branko Vucivecic.  Cinematography by Tomislav Pinter.  Produced by Bo Jonsson, Djordje Zecevic.  Music by Kornelije Kovac.  Production Design by Radu Boruzescu.  Costume Design by Inger Pehrsson.  Film Editing by Sylvia Ingemarsson.  Cannes Film Festival 1981.   This film is enjoyable right from…

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Chariots Of Fire (1981)

HUGH HUDSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. United Kingdom, 1981.  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Allied Stars Ltd., Enigma Productions.  Screenplay by Colin Welland. Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by David Puttnam.  Music by Vangelis.  Production Design by Jonathan Amberston, Len Huntingford, Anna Ridley, Andrew Sanders.  Costume Design by Milena Canonero.  Film Editing by Terry Rawlings.  Academy Awards 1981.  Cannes Film Festival 1981.  Golden Globe Awards…

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Blood Wedding (1981)

CARLOS SAURA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Bodas De Sangre Spain/France, 1981.  Emiliano Piedra.  Screenplay by Antonio Gades, Alfred Manas, Carlos Saura, based on the play by Federico García Lorca. Cinematography by Teo Escamilla.  Produced by Emiliano Piedra.  Music by Emilio de Diego.  Production Design by Rafael Palmero.  Film Editing by Pablo G. del Amo.  Toronto International Film Festival 1981.   The…

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Killer Of Sheep (1978)

CHARLES BURNETT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1978.  Screenplay by Charles Burnett.  Cinematography by Charles Burnett.  Produced by Charles Burnett.  Film Editing by Charles Burnett.   Milestone in independent filmmaking that has recently been restored and rediscovered, this early feature by Charles Burnett was the beginning of a very successful career.  Its loose plot is about a family in…

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Diva

BBBB (out of 5) Highly inventive thriller mixes media and genres with beautiful results. A famous opera diva is known around the world for her gorgeous voice and for the fact that she refuses to ever commit her talent to a recording (she feels it deadens the artistic quality). A young motorcycle courier secretly tapes…

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Man Of Iron (Czlowiek z Zelaza) (1981)

ANDRZEJ WAJDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Poland, 1981.  Film Polski, Zespól Filmowy “X”.  Screenplay by Aleksander Scibor-Rylski.  Cinematography by Edward Klosinski.  Music by Andrzej Korzynski.  Production Design by Allan Starski.  Costume Design by Wieslawa Starska.  Film Editing by Halina Prugar-Ketling.  Academy Awards 1981.  Cannes Film Festival 1981.  New York Film Critics Awards 1981.   Fascinating political film from the great Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda that deservedly…

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