Christo In Paris (1990)

DEBORAH DICKSON, SUSAN FROEMKE, ALBERT MAYSLES, DAVID MAYSLES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1990.  Cinematography by Albert Maysles, David Maysles.  Produced by Susan Froemke.  Music by Wendy Blackstone.  Film Editing by Deborah Dickson.  Toronto International Film Festival 1991. “Why is everything so political?” asks an exasperated Jeanne-Claude, the partner and, for all intents…

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La Belle Noiseuse (1991)

JACQUES RIVETTE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  France/Switzerland, 1991.  Pierre Grise Productions, George Reinhart Productions, FR3 Films Production, Centre National du Cinema et de L’Image Animee, Canal+, Investimage 2, Investimage 3, Région Languedoc-Roussillon.  Scenario by Pascal Bonitzer, Christine Laurent, Jacques Rivette, dialogue by Pascal Bonitzer, Christine Laurent, inspired by the novella Le Chef-d’Oeuvre Inconnu by…

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Daughters of The Dust (1991)

JULIE DASH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB .  USA/Germany, 1991.  American Playhouse, Geechee Girls, WMG Film.  Screenplay by Julie Dash.  Cinematography by Arthur Jafa.  Produced by Julie Dash, Arthur Jafa, Steven Jones.  Music by John Barnes.  Production Design by Kerry Marshall.  Costume Design by Arline Burks Gant.  Film Editing by Joseph Burton, Amy Carey.  Toronto…

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Jacquot de Nantes (1991)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   France, 1991.  Canal+, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Ciné Tamaris, La Sept Cinema, Sofiarp.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda, based on the memoirs of Jacques Demy.  Cinematography by Patrick Blossier, Agnes Godard, Georges Strouve.  Music by Joanna Bruzdowicz.  Production Design by Robert Nardone.  Costume Design by Françoise Disle.  Film Editing by Marie-Josee Audiard.  Toronto International Film…

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Prospero’s Books (1991)

PETER GREENAWAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/Netherlands/France/Italy/Japan, 1991.  Allarts, Cinéa, Caméra One, Penta Film, Elsevier-Vendex Film Beheer, Channel 4 International, Vrijzinnig Protestantse Radio Omroep, Canal+, NHK, Pierson, Heldring & Pierson N.V., Palace Pictures.  Screenplay by Peter Greenaway, based on the play The Tempest by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Sacha Vierny.  Produced by Kees Kasander.  Music by…

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The Rapture (1991)

MICHAEL TOLKIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1991.  New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by Michael Tolkin.  Cinematography by Bojan Bazelli.  Produced by Karen Koch, Nancy Tenenbaum, Nick Wechsler.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Robin Standefer.  Costume Design by Giovanna Ottobre-Melton.  Film Editing by Suzanne Fenn.  Independent Spirit Awards 1991.   Mimi Rogers plays a swinging single telephone operator who has grown weary of going out…

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Mediterraneo (1991)

GABRIEL SALVATORES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Italy, 1991.  A.M.A. Film, Penta Film, Silvio Berlusconi Communications.  Screenplay by Enzo Monteleone.  Cinematography by Italo Petriccione.  Produced by Silvio Berlusconi, Mario Cecchi Gori, Vittorio Cecchi Gori, Gianni Minervini.  Music by Giancarlo Bigazzi, Marco Falagiani.  Production Design by Thalia Istikopoulou.  Costume Design by Francesco Panni.  Film Editing by Nina Baragli.  Academy Awards 1991.  National Board of Review Awards…

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Danzon

MARIA NOVARO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Mexico/Spain, 1991.  Fondo de Fomento a la Calidad Cinematográfica, Gobierno del Estado de Veracruz, Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía, Macondo Cine Video, Tabasco Films, Televisión Española.  Screenplay by Beatriz Novaro, Maria Novaro.  Cinematography by Rodrigo Garcia.  Produced by Jorge Sanchez.  Music by Pepe Luis, Felipe Pérez.  Production Design by Marisa Pecanins, Norberto Sanchez.   Costume Design…

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Across The Tracks

BBB.5 (out of 5) Two brothers compete on the race track as much as they do in daily life: Ricky Schroder is the wayward son who comes back from reform school and takes to running on the suggestion of his Straight-A brother (Brad Pitt) who also enjoys the sport. His increasing ability is at odds with…

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The Hours and Times

CHRISTOPHER MUNCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1991.  Antarctic Pictures.  Screenplay by Christopher Munch.  Produced by Christopher Munch.  Independent Spirit Awards 1992.   Following the initial success of the Beatles’ first records and just before Beatlemania would take them to international superstardom in North America, John Lennon and manager Brian Epstein spent a few days on holiday in Spain…

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Where Angels Fear To Tread

BBB (out of 5) This film is far from being the best of the adaptations made from E.M. Forster’s novels. After a widowed Englishwoman (Helen Mirren) moves to Italy and marries a man many years her junior, they have a child together and she dies during its birth. After having strongly disapproved of the marriage…

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Married To It (1991)

ARTHUR HILLER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1991.  Screenplay by Janet Kovalcik.  Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper.  Produced by Thomas Baer.  Music by Henry Mancini.  Production Design by Robert Gundlach.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Robert C. Jones.   In the tradition of Grand Canyon and The Big Chill, here’s yet another ensemble cast drama about adults making their…

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