Face To Face (1967)

SERGIO SOLLIMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   Italy/Spain, 1967.  Produzioni Europee Associate, Arturo González Producciones Cinematográficas.  Story by Sergio Sollima, Screenplay by Sergio Donati, Sergio Sollima.  Cinematography by Rafael Pacheco.  Produced by Alberto Grimaldi.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Carlo Simi.  Costume Design by Carlo Simi.  Film Editing by Eugenio Alabiso.  Gian Maria Volonte plays a mild-mannered professor who leaves…

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Winter Kills (1979)

WILLIAM RICHERT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1979.  Winter Gold Productions.  Screenplay by William Richert, based on the book by Richard Condon.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond.  Produced by Fred C. Caruso, Daniel H. Blatt.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by Robert F. Boyle.  Costume Design by Robert De Mora.  Film Editing by David Bretherton. Fictionalized expose of the JFK assassination would…

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Boccaccio ’70 (1962)

VITTORIO DE SICA, FEDERICO FELLINI, MARIO MONICELLI, LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Italy/France, 1962.  Cineriz, Concordia Compagnia Cinematografica, Francinex, Gray-Film.  Screenplay by Giovanni Arpino, Italo Calvino, Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Mario Monicelli, Goffredo Parise, Tullio Pinelli, Brunello Rondi, Luchino Visconti, Cesare Zavattini.  Cinematography by Otello Martelli, Armando Nannuzzi, Giuseppe Rotunno.  Produced by Carlo Ponti.  Music by Nino…

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Fools Rush In (1997)

ANDY TENNANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1997.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Story by Joan Taylor, Katherine Reback, Screenplay by Katherine Reback.  Cinematography by Robbie Greenberg.  Produced by Doug Draizin.  Music by Alan Silvestri.  Production Design by Edward Pisoni.  Costume Design by Kimberly A. Tillman.  Film Editing by Roger Bondelli.   Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek are two strangers in the night who comfort each other…

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Amistad (1997)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.   USA, 1997.  DreamWorks, Home Box Office.  Screenplay by David Franzoni.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Debbie Allen, Steven Spielberg, Colin Wilson.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter.  Film Editing by Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1997.  Golden Globe Awards 1997.  European Film Awards 1998.   Overlong and patronizing account of a…

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Monsignor (1982)

FRANK PERRY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 1982.  Frank Yablans Presentations.  Screenplay by Abraham Polonsky, Wendell Mayes, based on the novel by Jack-Alain Leger. Cinematography by Billy Williams.  Produced by David Niven Jr., Frank Yablans.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by John DeCuir Jr..  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Peter E. Berger.   Failed attempt to get inside…

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Havana (1990)

SYDNEY POLLACK Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  USA, 1990.  Mirage Enterprises, Universal Pictures.  Story by Judith Rascoe, Screenplay by Judith Rascoe, David Rayfiel.  Cinematography by Owen Roizman.  Produced by Sydney Pollack, Richard Roth.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Terence Marsh.  Costume Design by Bernie Pollack.  Film Editing by Fredric Steinkamp, William Steinkamp.   Modern reworking of Casablanca suffers from a complete lack of…

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JFK (1991)

OLIVER STONE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA/France, 1991.  Warner Bros., Canal+, Regency Enterprises, Alcor Films, Ixtlan, Camelot.  Screenplay by Oliver Stone, Zachary Sklar, based on the book On The Trail of The Assassins by Jim Garrison, and the book Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy by Jim Marrs.  Cinematography by Robert Richardson.  Produced by A. Kitman Ho,…

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Traffic (2000)

STEVEN SODERBERGH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   Germany/USA, 2000.  Compulsion Inc., Initial Entertainment Group, Splendid Medien AG, The Bedford Falls Company, USA Films.  Screenplay by Stephen Gaghan, based on the miniseries Traffik by Simon Moore.  Cinematography by Steven Soderbergh.  Produced by Laura Bickford, Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick.  Music by Cliff Martinez.  Production Design by Philip Messina.  Costume Design by Louise Frogley.  Film Editing by Stephen…

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The Yards (1999)

JAMES GRAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.   USA, 1999.  Miramax, Industry Entertainment.  Screenplay by James Gray, Matt Reeves.  Cinematography by Harris Savides.  Produced by Kerry Orent, Paul Webster, Nick Wechsler.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by Kevin Thompson.  Costume Design by Michael Clancy.  Film Editing by Jeffrey Ford.  Film Festivals:  Cannes 2000, TIFF 2000.   James Gray’s career is marked by films that…

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Identification Of A Woman (1982)

MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Identificazione Di Una Donna Italy/France, 1982.  Iterfilm, Gaumont, Rai 2.  Story by Michelangelo Antonioni, Screenplay by Michelangelo Antonioni, Gerard Brach, collaboration with Tonino Guerra.  Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.  Produced by Antonio Macri, Giorgio Nocella.  Music by John Foxx.  Production Design by Andrea Crisanti.  Costume Design by Paola Comencini.  Film Editing by Michelangelo Antonioni.  …

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