Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008)

MATT TYRNAUER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2008.  Acolyte Films.  Cinematography by Tom Hurwitz.  Produced by Matt Kapp, Matt Tyrnauer.  Music by Joel Goodman.  Film Editing by Bob Eisenhardt, Frederic Tcheng.   Entertaining look at the last of the giant fashion names of yore, whose solitary moniker has come to represent cutting-edge, classy style after decades in the business. The…

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Alambrista! (1977)

ROBERT M. YOUNG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1977.  Filmhaus.  Screenplay by Robert M. Young.  Cinematography by Tom Hurwitz, Robert M. Young.  Produced by Michael Hausman, Irwin Young.  Music by Michael Martin Murphey.  Production Design by Lilly Kilvert.  Film Editing by Edward Beyer, Norman Buckley.   Like millions before and after him, Roberto has decided to leave Mexico and look for work…

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The Queen Of Versailles (2012)

LAUREN GREENFIELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5.  USA/The Netherlands/United Kingdom/Denmark, 2012.  Evergreen Pictures, BBC Storyville, Impact Partners, Candescent Films, Plus Pictures, Danmarks Radio, Vrijzinnig Protestantse Radio Omroep.  Cinematography by Tom Hurwitz.  Produced by Danielle Renfrew Behrens, Lauren Greenfield.  Music by Jeff Beal.  Film Editing by Victor Livingston.   Director Lauren Greenfield hit the jackpot when her documentary about the Siegel…

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Down And Out In America (1986)

LEE GRANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1986.  Home Box Office, Joseph Feury Productions.  Cinematography by Tom Hurwitz.  Produced by Joseph Feury, Milton Justice.  Music by Tom Manoff.  Film Editing by Milton Moses Ginsber.   Lee Grant examines the effect of the mid-80s recession on America’s population in various parts of the country: farmers who are fighting the loss…

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Dancemaker (1998)

MATTHEW DIAMOND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1998.  Four Oaks Foundation.  Cinematography by Tom Hurwitz.  Produced by Jerry Kupfer.  Costume Design by Sabado Lam.  Film Editing by Pam Wise.   The magnificent Paul Taylor has had one of the richest careers in American dance, beginning with his early collaborations with Martha Grahame and continuing through his own career and, when…

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Wild Man Blues (1997)

BARBARA KOPPLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1997.  Jean Doumanian Productions, Cabin Creek Films, Sweetland Films.  Cinematography by Tom Hurwitz.  Produced by Jean Doumanian.  Film Editing by Lawrence Silk. Enjoyable but not very informative documentary that follows Woody Allen and his famous jazz band on their world tour. Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple makes sure to keep a safe distance…

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