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.  Academy Awards 1986.  Golden Globe Awards 1986.   National Board of Review Awards…

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River’s Edge

BB.5 (out of 5) After a disturbed teenager murders his girlfriend and leaves her body by a river, he tells his friends about it. They all decide to keep it a secret after seeing the body for themselves, completely undisturbed by the sight of murder right in front of them, but two members of the…

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Children Of A Lesser God

BBBB (out of 5) William Hurt goes to work at a school for deaf children and befriends a young janitor (Marlee Matlin) who was once a pupil there. Getting to know her, he realizes she has been avoiding the outside world from fear, and through their friendship and eventual love affair, they give each other…

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A Zed And Two Noughts (1986)

PETER GREENAWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  United Kingdom/The Netherlands, 1986.  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.  Toronto International Film Festival 1986.   Carlos Saura closes his flamenco-themed trilogy of films with…

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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.  Cannes Film Festival 1986. Andrei Tarkovsky’s maddeningly…

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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.  Cannes Film Festival 1986. Independent Spirit Awards 1986. John Lurie plays a New Orleans pimp…

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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.  Academy Awards 1986.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1986.  Golden Globe Awards 1986.  Independent Spirit Awards 1986.  New York Film Critics…

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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.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1986.  New York Film…

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Cactus

BBB.5 (out of 5) Isabelle Huppert shines in this understated drama by Australia’s greatest filmmaker next to Peter Weir, Paul Cox. She plays a French tourist staying with friends in the land Down Under who is severely injured after a car accident. She loses sight in one eye, and is told that the sight in…

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