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 Festival 1991.   Jacques…

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Prospero’s Books

BB.5 (out of 5) Peter Greenaway responds to the critical acclaim (and near mainstream status) of The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover with his most ambitious project yet, his own jazzy re-telling of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. John Gielgud appears as the title character, in this version poring his fantasies out from his pen…

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The Rapture

BBBB (out of 5) Mimi Rogers plays a swinging single telephone operator who has grown weary of going out with her male friend in search of couples for partner-swapping sex parties. Feeling hollowed out by her concentration on the carnal, she ends up joining a small cult of Christians who are waiting for the Rapture…

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Mediterraneo

BBB (out of 5) A platoon of Italian soldiers are sent to take over and occupy an idyllic Greek island during World War II.  Upon arrival they are surprised to find the island deserted and so enjoy themselves by basking in the beautiful sun and gorgeous beaches. It turns out that the inhabitants of the…

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Danzon

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A bored Mexico City telephone operator gets to experience her only respite from her dull, daily existence by going once a week to a dance hall to enact the steps of Danzon with her regular partner. When he doesn’t show up one night, she becomes obsessed with finding him, traveling to…

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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

BBBB (out of 5) 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 and no one really knows what went down.  Christopher Munch’s beautifully compact film, a mere…

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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

BB.5 (out of 5) In the tradition of Grand Canyon and The Big Chill, here’s yet another ensemble cast drama about adults making their way in the world of family and commitment. This one features three couples from completely different backgrounds who manage to find some common ground. Beau Bridges and Stockard Channing play two…

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The Fisher King

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jeff Bridges plays a talk radio host who is devastated when a listener misinterprets his advice and commits a heinous crime in a New York City restaurant. Quitting his job and in the midst of trying to quit his life, Bridges takes to the streets and meets a free spirited homeless man…

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Year Of The Gun

BBB (out of 5) Andrew McCarthy plays an American journalist living in Italy during the 1970s, reporting on the terrorism being caused by the Red Brigade. His involvement gets heated up when the Brigade’s plans to kidnap political leader Aldo Moro ends up being exactly like the plot of a novel he is intending to…

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Little Man Tate

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jodie Foster makes her directorial debut with this admirable drama, also starring as an overworked single mother who discovers that her baby son shows signs of exceptional intelligence. Now heading towards adolescence, the boy (Adam Hann-Byrd) is being escorted around the country by the director of a program for gifted children (Dianne Wiest, exceptionally…

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