India Song (1975)

MARGUERITE DURAS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 France, 1975. Sunchild Productions, Les Films Armorial. Screenplay by Marguerite Duras. Cinematography by Bruno Nuytten. Produced by Simon Damiani, André Valio-Cavaglione. Music by Carlos D’Alessio. Film Editing by Solange Leprince. Probably the best known of Marguerite Duras’ directorial efforts, this photographically pristine film will frustrate all but…

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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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The Destructors (1974)

ROBERT PARRISH Bil’s rating (out of 5): B Alternate Title: The Marseille Contract United Kingdom/France, 1974.  Kettledrum Films, PECF.  Screenplay by Judd Bernard.  Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.  Produced by Judd Bernard.  Music by Roy Budd.  Production Design by Willy Holt.  Costume Design by Andree Demarez.  Film Editing by Willy Kemplen. Anthony Quinn plays an American…

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Mary Queen of Scots (1971)

CHARLES JARROTT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB United Kingdom/USA, 1971.  Universal Pictures, Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by John Hale.  Cinematography by Christopher Challis.  Produced by Hal B. Wallis.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Terence Marsh.  Costume Design by Margaret Furse.  Film Editing by Richard Marden. The most celebrated girlfight in western political history is the subject of Hal B. Wallis’…

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Joseph Andrews (1977)

TONY RICHARDSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  United Kingdom, 1977.  Woodfall Film Productions.  Screen story by Tony Richardson, Screenplay by Allan Scott, Chris Bryant, based on the novel by Henry Fielding.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Neil Hartley.  Music by John Addison.  Production Design by Michael Annals.  Costume Design by Michael Annals.  Film Editing by Thom Noble.   Tony Richardson follows his Oscar winning Tom…

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The Taming Of The Shrew (1967)

FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Italy/USA, 1967.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Royal Films International, F.A.I..  Screenplay by Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Franco Zeffirelli, Paul Dehn, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Oswald Morris.  Produced by Elizabeth Taylor.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Lorenzo Mongiardino.  Costume Design by Danilo Donati.  Film Editing by Peter Taylor.   The…

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Hamlet (1990)

FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom/France, 1990.  Canal+, Carolco Pictures, Icon Productions, Marquis, Nelson Entertainment, Sovereign Pictures.  Screenplay by Christopher De Vore, Franco Zeffirelli, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Dyson Lovell.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Dante Ferretti.  Costume Design by Maurizio Millenotti.  Film Editing by Richard…

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The Great Beauty (2013)

PAOLO SORRENTINO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  La Grande Bellezza Italy/France, 2013.  Indigo Film, Medusa Film, Babe Film, Pathé, France 2 Cinéma, Mediaset, Canal+, Ciné+, France Télévisions, Regione Lazio, Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Banca Popolare di Vicenza, Lazio Film Commission, Fonds Eurimages du Conseil de l’Europe, MEDIA Programme of the European…

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Priceless (2006)

PIERRE SALVADORI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Hors De Prix France, 2006.  Les Films Pelléas, France 2 Cinéma, Tovo Films, France 3 Cinéma, KS2 Productions, Canal+, TPS Star, Wild Bunch, Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Centre National du Cinéma et de L’image Animée.  Scenario by Pierre Salvadori, Benoit Graffin, Dialogue by Pierre Salvadori, Script Consultant Franck Bauchard.  Cinematography by…

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Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (1997)

BERNARD ROSE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1997.  Icon Entertainment International, Icon Productions, Studio Trite, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Bernard Rose, based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy.  Cinematography by Daryn Okada.  Produced by Bruce Davey.    Music by John Stronach,Georg Solti.    Production Design by John Myhre.   Costume Design by Maurizio Millenotti.    Film Editing by Victor Du…

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The Body (2001)

JONAS McCORD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Israel/Germany, 2001.  Avalanche Films, Compass Productions, Diamant Cohen Productions, Green Moon Productions, Helkon Media, MDP Worldwide.  Screenplay by Jonas McCord, based on the novel by Richard Sapir.  Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond. Produced by Rudy Cohen.  Music by Serge Colbert.  Production Design by Allan Starski.  Costume Design by Caroline Harris….

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The Advocate (1993)

LESLIE MEGAHEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  Alternate title:  The Hour Of The Pig France/United Kingdom, 1993.  BBC Films, CiBy 2000, British Screen Finance Ltd., European Co-production Fund.  Screenplay by Leslie Megahey.  Cinematography by John Hooper.  Produced by David M. Thompson.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Bruce Macadie.  Costume Design by Anne Buruma.  Film Editing by Isabelle Dedieu.   In the Middle…

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