The Green Ray (1986)

ERIC ROHMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Le Rayon Vert Alternative title:  Summer France, 1986.  Ministere de la Culture et de la Communication, P.T.T., Les Films du Losange, Ministères de la Culture de l’industrie et des P.T.T..  Scenario by Eric Rohmer, collaboration with Marie Rivière.  Cinematography by Sophie Maintigneux.  Produced by Margaret Menegoz.  Music by Jean-Louis Valéro.  Film Editing by…

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‘Round Midnight (1986)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA/France, 1986.  Little Bear, PECF.  Screenplay by David Rayfiel, Bertrand Tavernier, French translation by Colo Tavernier.  Cinematography by Bruno de Keyzer.  Produced by Irwin Winkler.  Music by Herbie Hancock.  Production Design by Alexandre Trauner.  Costume Design by Jacqueline Moreau.  Film Editing by Armand Psenny.   Fictional biography of a jazz musician that could easily be compared…

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River’s Edge (1986)

TIM HUNTER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1986.  Hemdale, Island.  Screenplay by Neal Jimenez. Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.Produced by Sarah Pillsbury, Midge Sanford.  Music by Jurgen Knieper.  Production Design by John Muto.  Costume Design by Claudia Brown.  Film Editing by Howard E. Smith, Sonya Sones.  After a disturbed teenager murders his girlfriend and leaves her body by a river, he…

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Children Of A Lesser God (1986)

RANDA HAINES Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1986.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Hesper Anderson, Mark Medoff, based on the play by Mark Medoff.  Cinematography by John Seale.  Produced by Patrick J. Palmer, Burt Sugarman.  Music by Michael Convertino.  Production Design by Gene Callahan.  Costume Design by Renee April.  Film Editing by Lisa Fruchtman.   William Hurt goes to work at a school…

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A Zed And Two Noughts (1985)

PETER GREENAWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/The Netherlands, 1985.  British Film Institute, Allarts Enterprises, Artificial Eye, Film Four International, Vrijzinnig Protestantse Radio Omroep.  Screenplay by Peter Greenaway.  Cinematography by Sacha Vierny.  Produced by Kees Kasander, Peter Sainsbury.  Music by Michael Nyman.  Production Design by Ben Van Os, Jan Roelfs.  Costume Design by Patricia Lim, Dien van Straalen.  Film Editing by John Wilson….

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El Amor Brujo (1986)

CARLOS SAURA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB. Spain, 1986.  Emiliano Piedra.  Screenplay by Carlos Saura, Antonio Gades, based on the libretto by Gregorio Martinez Sierra.  Cinematography by Teo Escamilla.  Produced by Emiliano Piedra.  Production Design by Gerardo Vera.  Costume Design by Gerardo Vera.  Film Editing by Pedro del Rey.   Carlos Saura closes his flamenco-themed trilogy of films with this dull story of…

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The Sacrifice (1986)

ANDREI TARKOVSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Original title:  Offret-Sacrificatio Sweden/United Kingdom/France, 1986.  Svenska Filminstitutet, Argos Films, Film Four International, Josephson & Nykvist HB, Sveriges Television, Sandrews.  Screenplay by Andrei Tarkovsky.  Cinematography by Sven Nykvist.  Produced by Anna-Lena Wibom.   Production Design by Anna Asp.  Costume Design by Inger Pehrsson.  Film Editing by Michal Leszczylowski, Andrei Tarkovsky.   Andrei Tarkovsky’s maddeningly slow style of…

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Down By Law (1986)

JIM JARMUSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA/West Germany, 1986.  Black Snake, Grokenberger Film Produktion, Island Pictures.  Screenplay by Jim Jarmusch.  Cinematography by Robby Muller.  Produced by Alan Kleinberg.  Music by John Lurie.  Production Design by Janet Densmore.  Costume Design by Carol Wood.  Film Editing by Melody London.   John Lurie plays a New Orleans pimp who is set up by a rival…

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Blue Velvet (1986)

DAVID LYNCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1986.  De Laurentiis Entertainment Group.  Screenplay by David Lynch.  Cinematography by Frederick Elmes.  Produced by Fred C. Caruso.  Music by Angelo Badalamenti.  Production Design by Patricia Norris.  Costume Design by Gloria Glynn.  Film Editing by Duwayne Dunham.   Despite already being an Academy Award nominee (for The Elephant Man) and popular among the art-house crowd…

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Caravaggio (1986)

DEREK JARMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1986.  British Film Institute, Channel Four Television.  Story by Nicholas Ward Jackson, Screenplay by Derek Jarman. Cinematography by Gabriel Beristain.  Produced by Sarah Radclyffe.  Music by Simon Fisher-Turner.  Production Design by Christopher Hobbs.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by George Akers.   One of Derek Jarman’s most enjoyable films is this deeply emotional,…

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Sid And Nancy (1986)

ALEX COX Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1986.  Initial Pictures, U.K. Productions Entity, Zenith Entertainment.  Screenplay by Alex Cox, Abbe Wool.  Cinematography by Roger Deakins.  Produced by Eric Fellner.  Music by Dan Wool.  Production Design by Lynda Burbank, J. Rae Fox, Andrew McAlpine.  Costume Design by Catherine Cook.  Film Editing by David Martin.  One of the most famous romances in rock…

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Cactus (1986)

PAUL COX Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  Australia, 1986.  The Australian Film Commission, Dofine Productions, Film Victoria.  Screenplay by Paul Cox, Bob Ellis, Norman Kaye, Morris Lurie.  Cinematography by Yuri Sokol.  Produced by Jane Ballantyne, Paul Cox.  Production Design by Asher Bilu.  Costume Design by Aphrodite Kondos.  Film Editing by Tim Lewis.   Isabelle Huppert shines in this understated drama by Australia’s…

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