The Ogre (1996)

VOLKER SCHLONDORFF Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 Original Title: Der Unhold Germany/France/United Kingdom, 1996.  Canal+, France 2 Cinema, Heritage Films, Recorded Picture Company, Renn Productions, Studio Babelsberg, Universum Film, Westdeutscher Rundfunk.  Screenplay by Jean-Claude Carriere, Volker Schlondorff, based on the novel by Michel Tournier.  Cinematography by Bruno de Keyzer.   Produced by Gebhard Henke, Ingrid…

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Fire (1996)

DEEPA MEHTA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Canada/India, 1996.  Trial by Fire Films Inc., Kaleidoscope Entertainment.  Screenplay by Deepa Mehta.  Cinematography by Giles Nuttgens.  Produced by Bobby Bedi, Deepa Mehta.  Music by A.R. Rahman.  Production Design by Aradhana Seth.  Costume Design by Neelam Mansingh Chowdhury.  Film Editing by Barry Farrell.  Toronto International Film Festival 1996. A household is crowded with loneliness and frustration as two…

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Drifting Clouds (1996)

AKI KAURISMAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.    Original title:  Kauas Pilvet Karkaavat Finland, 1996.  Sputnik.  Screenplay by Aki Kaurismaki.  Cinematography by Timo Salminen.  Produced by Aki Kaurismaki.  Music by Shelley Fisher.  Production Design by Markku Peltola, Jukka Salmi.  Costume Design by Tuula Hilkamo.  Film Editing by Aki Kaurismaki.  Cannes Film Festival 1996.  Toronto International Film Festival 1996. Kati Outinen and Kari Väänänen play a couple whose luck never seems…

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Beyond The Clouds (1995)

MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI, WIM WENDERS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Al Di La Delle Nuvole France/Germany/Italy, 1995.  Sunshine, France 3 Cinema, Ciné B, Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica, Road Movies Zweite Produktionen, Canal+, Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Degeto Film, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Eurimages, Wim Wenders Stiftung.  Screenplay by Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra, Wim…

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Bound (1996)

LILLY WACHOWSKI, LANA WACHOWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1996.  Dino De Laurentiis Company, Spelling Films.  Screenplay by Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski.  Cinematography by Bill Pope.  Produced by Stuart Boros, Andrew Lazar.  Music by Don Davis.  Production Design by Eve Cauley.  Costume Design by Lizzy Gardiner.  Film Editing by Zach Staenberg.  Independent Spirit Awards 1996.  National Board of Review Awards 1996.Toronto International Film Festival 1996.   Stylishly…

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The Substance Of Fire (1996)

DANIEL J. SULLIVAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Miramax.  Screenplay by Jon Robin Baitz, based on his play.  Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.  Produced by Jon Robin Baitz, Randy Finch, Ron Kastner.  Music by Joseph Vitarelli.  Production Design by Mark Ricker.  Costume Design by Terri Purcell.  Film Editing by Pamela Martin.  National Board of Review Awards 1996.Toronto International Film Festival 1996.   Sterling drama…

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Kissed (1996)

LYNNE STOPKEWICH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Canada, 1996.  Boneyard Film Company Inc., British Columbia Film, Canada Council Media Arts, National Film Board of Canada, UBC Department of Theatre & Film, Téléfilm Canada.  Screenplay by Angus Fraser, Lynne Stopkewich, based on the story We So Seldom Look On Love by Barbara Gowdy.  Cinematography by Gregory Middleton.  Produced by Dean English, Lynne…

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Albino Alligator (1996)

KEVIN SPACEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA/France, 1996.  Albino Alligator Productions, Miramax, Motion Picture Corporation of America, Union Générale Cinématographique. Screenplay by Christian Forte.  Cinematography by Mark Plummer.  Produced by Bradley Jenkel, Brad Krevoy, Steven Stabler.  Music by Michael Brook.  Production Design by Nelson Coates.  Costume Design by Isis Mussenden.  Film Editing by Jay Cassidy.  Toronto International Film Festival 1996.   Kevin Spacey’s directorial debut…

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Cavafy (Kavafis) (1996)

YANNIS SMARAGDIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Greece, 1996.  Alexandros Film, Greek Film Center, Greek Television ET-1, Talos.  Screenplay by Dimitris Katalifos, Dimitris Nollas, Stelios Rogakos, Yannis Smaragdis.  Cinematography by Nikos Smaragdis.  Music by Vangelis.  Production Design by Damianos Zarifis.  Costume Design by Damianos Zarifis.  Film Editing by Yannis Tsitsopoulos.  Toronto International Film Festival 1996.  Sumptuous cinematic examination of the poet’s muse, using Greek…

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Twelfth Night (1996)

TREVOR NUNN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Alternate title:  Twelfth Night or What You Will United Kingdom/Ireland/USA, 1996.  Renaissance Films, BBC Films, Circus Films, Fine Line Features, Summit Entertainment.  Screenplay by Trevor Nunn, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Clive Tickner.  Produced by Stephen Evans, David Parfitt.  Music by Shaun Davey.  Production Design by Sophie Becher.  Costume Design by…

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The Daytrippers

GREG MOTTOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Canada/USA, 1996.  Alliance Communications Corporation, Cinépix Film Properties, Fiasco Photoplays, Trick Productions.  Screenplay by Greg Mottola.  Cinematography by John Inwood.  Produced by Steven Soderbergh, Nancy Tenenbaum.  Music by Richard Martinez.  Production Design by Bonnie J. Brinkley.  Costume Design by Barbara Presar.  Film Editing by Anne McCabe. National Board of Review Awards 1997.   Toronto International Film Festival 1996.  …

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Kama Sutra: A Tale Of Love (1996)

MIRA NAIR Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  United Kingdom/India/USA/Germany/Japan, 1996.  NDF International, Pony Canyon, Pandora Filmproduktion, Channel Four Films, Mirabai Films.  Screenplay by Helena Kriel, Mira Nair, based on the story Hand Me Downs by Wajida Tabassuh.  Cinematography by Declan Quinn.  Produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, Mira Nair.  Music by Mychael Danna.  Production Design by Mark Friedberg.  Costume Design by Eduardo Castro.  Film…

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