Funny Dirty Little War (1983)

HECTOR OLIVERA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  No Habra mas Penas Ni Olvido Argentina, 1983.  Aries Cinematográfica Argentina.  Screenplay by Roberto Cossa, Hector Olivera, based on the book by   Osvaldo Soriano. Cinematography by Leonardo Rodriguez Solis.  Produced by Fernando Ayala, Luis Osvaldo Repetto, Alejandro Sessa.    Music by Óscar Cardozo Ocampo.  Production Design by Emilio Basaldua, Maria…

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So Far From India (1983)

MIRA NAIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5. USA, 1983.  Cinematography by Mitch Epstein.  Film Editing by Ann Schaetzel. Mira Nair interviews a New York friend, like herself originally from India, and presents an examination on the life of an immigrant in America. Ashok Seth works a subway newstand after having left his homeland some years earlier. His…

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Educating Rita (1983)

LEWIS GILBERT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1983.  Acorn Pictures.  Screenplay by Willy Russell, based on his play.  Cinematography by Frank Watts.   Produced by Lewis Gilbert.  Music by David Hentschel.  Production Design by Maurice Fowler.  Costume Design by Candy Paterson.  Film Editing by Garth Craven.  Academy Awards 1983.  Golden Globe Awards 1983.  National Board of Review Awards 1983.   Delightful modern update…

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Carmen (1983)

CARLOS SAURA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Spain, 1983.  Emiliano Piedra, Television Espanola. Screenplay by Carlos Saura, Antonio Gades, based on the novella by Prosper Merimee. Cinematography by Teo Escamilla.  Produced by Emiliano Piedra.  Music by Paco de Lucía.  Production Design by Felix Murcia.  Costume Design by Teresa Nieto.  Film Editing by Pedro del Rey.  Academy Awards 1983.  Cannes Film Festival 1983.  Golden…

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Entre Nous

BBBBB (out of 5) Original title:  Coup De Foudre One of the very best films to come out of France in the eighties, and a masterpiece for director Diane Kurys. Just after the second World War, two women (Isabelle Huppert, Miou-Miou) are married to husbands because of circumstances other than true love. They meet at a…

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The Ballad Of Narayama (1983)

BBBBB (out of 5) Original title:  Narayama-bushi ko This masterpiece by Shohei Imamura satisfies on every level, including its story’s dramatic, tragic and comedic elements, a visual style that is natural and crafted at the same time, and a languorous pace that is in line with the best of art-house cinema. In a tiny peasant village…

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The Fourth Man (1983)

PAUL VERHOEVEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  De Vierde Man The Netherlands, 1983.  Rob Houwer Productions, Verenigde Nederlandsche Filmcompagnie.  Screenplay by Gerard Soeteman, based on the novel by Gerard Reve.  Cinematography by Jan de Bont.  Produced by Rob Houwer.  Music by Loek Dikker.  Production Design by Roland de Groot.  Costume Design by Elly Claus.  Film Editing by Ine Schenkkan.  National Board of…

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The Big Chill (1983)

LAWRENCE KASDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1983.   Columbia Pictures Corporation, Carson Productions, Columbia-Delphi Productions.   Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan, Barbara Benedek.   Cinematography by John Bailey.   Produced by Michael Shamberg.   Music by Meg Kasdan.   Production Design by Ida Random.   Costume Design by April Ferry.   Film Editing by Carol Littleton.   Academy Awards 1983.  Golden Globe…

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Danton (1983)

ANDRZEJ WAJDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  France/Poland, 1983.  Gaumont, TF1 Films Production, S.F.P.C., T.M., Ministère de la Culture, Film Polski, Les Films du Losange, Zespól Filmowy “X”.  Screenplay by Jean-Claude Carriere, in collaboration with Andrzej Wajda, Agnieszka Holland, Boleslaw Michalek, Jacek Gasiorowski, based on the play L’Affair Danton/Sprawa Dantona by Stanislawa Przybyszewska.  Cinematography by Igor Luther.  Produced by…

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Never Cry Wolf

BBBBB (out of 5) One of the best nature films ever made, and a powerful indictment of the harm that humans have caused to the animal world around us. Farley Mowat’s autobiographical novel is adapted majestically to the big screen by filmmaker Carroll Ballard, with Charles Martin Smith as a thinly disguised version of the author….

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