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. Terence Davies follows three celebrated shorts that touched on his memories…

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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.   Bruce Weber spent months following Chet Baker, one of the most successful and venerated trumpet players in the history of jazz music, throughout a number of performances…

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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.  …

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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.   The candy-coloured future of Julien Temple’s film is a…

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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.   An overdone performance…

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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 (1988)

MARTIN DONOVAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/Argentina, 1988.   Producers Representative Organization, The Summit Company.  Story by Martin Donovan, Screenplay by Martin Donovan, David Koepp.  Cinematography by Miguel Rodriguez.  Produced by Martin Donovan, David Koepp.  Music by Elia Cmiral.  Production Design by Miguel Angel Lumaldo.  Costume Design by Angelica Fuentes, Marisa Urruti.  Film Editing by Conrad M. Gonzalez.   Colin Firth plays the…

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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 (1988)

ROBERT BILHEIMER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1988.  Cinematography by Ronald Mix.  Produced by Robert Bilheimer, Ronald Mix.  Music by Abdullah Ibrahim.  Film Editing by Tom McMurtry, William Tadler.   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…

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