Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

TERENCE DAVIES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.   United Kingdom/West Germany, 1988.  British Film Institute, Channel Four Films, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Screenplay by Terence Davies.  Cinematography by William Diver, Patrick Duval.  Produced by Jennifer Howarth.  Production Design by Jocelyn James, Miki Van Zwanenberg.  Costume Design by Monica Howe.  Film Editing by William Diver. Independent Spirit Awards 1989.   Toronto International Film Festival 1988. Terence Davies follows…

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Let’s Get Lost (1988)

BRUCE WEBER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1988.  Little Bear Productions, Nan Bush.  Cinematography by Jeff Preiss.  Produced by Bruce Weber.  Production Design by Sam Shahid.  Film Editing by Angelo Corrao.  Academy Awards 1988.  Boston Film Critics Awards 1989.  New York Film Critics Awards 1989.  Toronto International Film Festival 1988. Bruce Weber spent months following Chet Baker, one of the most…

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The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey (1988)

VINCENT WARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Australia/New Zealand, 1988.  Arenafilm, Film Investment Corporation of New Zealand, The Australian Film Commission, New Zealand Film Commission, John Maynard Productions. Screenplay by Geoff Chapple, Kely Lyons, Vincent Ward.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Simpson.  Produced by John Maynard.  Music by Davood A. Tabrizi.  Production Design by Sally Campbell.  Costume Design by Glenys Jackson.  Film Editing by John Scott.  Cannes…

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Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)

JULIEN TEMPLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1988.  De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, Earth Girls, Kestrel Films.  Screenplay by Julie Brown, Charlie Coffey, Terrence E. McNally.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Tony Garnett.  Music by Nile Rodgers.  Production Design by Dennis Gassner.  Costume Design by Linda M. Bass.  Film Editing by Richard Halsey.  Independent Spirit Awards 1989.   The candy-coloured future of Julien Temple’s…

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Georgia (1988)

BEN LEWIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Australia, 1988.  Jethro Films Production.  Story by Mac Gudgeon, Screenplay by Ben Lewin, Joanna Murray-Smith, Bob Weis. Cinematography by Yuri Sokol.  Produced by Bob Weis.  Music by Paul Grabowsky.  Production Design by Jon Dowding.  Costume Design by Aphrodite Kondos.  Film Editing by Edward McQueen-Mason.   Judy Davis is excellent in a double role as…

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Madame Sousatzka (1988)

JOHN SCHLESINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1988.  Cineplex-Odeon Films.  Screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, John Schlesinger, additional material by Peter Morgan, Mark Wadlow, based on the novel by Bernice Rubens.  Cinematography by Nat Crosby.  Produced by Robin Dalton.  Music by Gerald Gouriet.  Production Design by Luciana Arrighi.  Costume Design by Amy Roberts.  Film Editing by Peter Honess.  Golden Globe Awards 1988….

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The Lair Of The White Worm (1988)

KEN RUSSELL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  United Kingdom/USA, 1988.  White Lair.  Screenplay by Ken Russell, based on the novel by Bram Stoker.  Cinematography by Dick Bush.  Produced by Ken Russell.  Music by Stanislas Syrewicz.  Production Design by Anne Tilby.  Costume Design by Michael Jeffery.  Film Editing by Peter Davies.   An English village that celebrates the mythical slaying of a dragon gets the surprise…

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The Last Of England (1988)

DEREK JARMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  United Kingdom/West Germany, 1988.  Anglo International Films, Tartan Films, British Screen Productions, Channel Four Films, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Screenplay by Derek Jarman.  Cinematography by Richard Heslop, Christopher Hughes, Derek Jarman, Cerith Wyn Evans.  Produced by Don Boyd, James Mackay.  Music by Simon Fisher-Turner.  Production Design by Christopher Hobbs.  Costume Design by Sandy Powell.  Film Editing by Peter…

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Apartment Zero

BB.5 (out of 5) Colin Firth plays the owner of a failing movie theatre in Buenos Aires who decides that it would be economically wise to take in a roommate. What he gets is handsome and charming Hart Bochner, a devilishly smooth man who wins over other residents in Firth’s building while arousing suspicion in…

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Chocolat (1988)

CLAIRE DENIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/West Germany/Cameroon, 1988.  Caroline Productions, Cerito Films, Cinémanuel, La Sept Cinéma, Le F.O.D.I.C. Cameroun, MK2 Productions, TF1 Films Production, Wim Wenders Productions.  Screenplay by Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau.  Cinematography by Robert Alazraki.  Produced by Alain Belmondo, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Gerard Crosnier.  Music by Abdullah Ibrahim.  Production Design by Thierry Flamand.  Costume Design by Christian Gasc.  Film Editing…

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Dead Ringers (1988)

DAVID CRONENBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Canada/USA, 1988.  Morgan Creek Entertainment Group, Téléfilm Canada, Mantle Clinic II.  Screenplay by David Cronenberg, Norman Snider, based on the book Twins by Bari Wood, Jack Geasland.  Cinematography by Peter Suschitzky. Produced by Marc Boyman, David Cronenberg.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Carol Spier.  Costume Design by Denise Cronenberg.  Film Editing by Ronald…

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The Cry Of Reason: Beyers Naude – An Afrikaner Speaks Out

BBBB (out of 5) Born in 1915 into relative privilege in a white-supremacist South Africa, Beyers Naudé was the son of an Afrikaner cleric who went on to become a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church. He was also a member of the Broederbund, the male secret society that was a key force behind the…

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