Life Is A Bed Of Roses (1983)

ALAIN RESNAIS Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Original title:  La vie est un roman France, 1983.  Fideline Films, Films A2, Filmédis, Les Films Ariane, Soprofilms.  Screenplay by Jean Gruault.  Cinematography by Bruno Nuytten.  Produced by Philippe Dussart.  Music by Philippe-Gérard.  Production Design by Enki Bilal, Jacques Saulnier.  Costume Design by Enki Bilal, Catherine Leterrier. …

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War And Peace (1956)

KING VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA/Italy, 1956.  Ponti-De Laurentiis Cinematografica.  Screenplay by Bridget Boland, Robert Westerby, King Vidor, Mario Camerini, Ennio De Concini, Ivo Perilli, based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis.  Music by Nino Rota.  Production Design by Mario Chiari.  Costume Design…

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Rhapsody (1954)

CHARLES VIDOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1954.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Fay Kanin, Michael Kanin, adaptation by Ruth Goetz, Augustus Goetz, based on the novel by Henry Handel Richardson.  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck, Harry Jackson.  Produced by Lawrence Weingarten.  Music by Johnny Green, Bronislau Kaper.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by…

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Il Sorpasso (1962)

DINO RISI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Italy, 1962.  Incei Film, Sancro Film, Fair Film.  Story and Screenplay by Dino Risi, Ettore Scola, Ruggero Maccari, dialogue by Ettore Scola, Ruggero Maccari.  Cinematography by Alfio Contini.  Produced by Mario Cecchi Gori.  Music by Riz Ortolani.  Production Design by Ugo Pericoli.  Costume Design by Ugo Pericoli.  Film Editing by Maurizio Lucidi. Vittorio Gassman…

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Big Deal On Madonna Street (1958)

MARIO MONICELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  I Soliti Ignoti Alternate title:  The Usual Unidentified Thieves Italy, 1958.  Cinecittà, Lux Film, Vides Cinematografica.  Story by Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Screenplay by Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Mario Monicelli, based on the short story Furto In Una Pasticceria by Italo Calvino.  Cinematography by Gianni Di Venanzo.  Produced by…

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Sleepers (1996)

BARRY SONNENFELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA, 1996.  Astoria Films, Baltimore Pictures, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Propaganda Films, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Barry Levinson, based on the book by Lorenzo Carcaterra.  Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus. Produced by Steve Golin, Barry Levinson.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Kristi Zea.  Costume Design by Gloria Gresham.  Film Editing by Stu Linder.  Academy Awards…

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The Family (1987)

ETTORE SCOLA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 Original title:  La Famiglia Italy/France, 1987.  Cinecittà, Massfilm, Cinémax, Les Films Ariane, Rai 1.  Story by Ruggero Maccari, Furio Scarpelli, Ettore Scola, Dialogue by Graziano Diana.  Cinematography by Ricardo Aronovich.  Produced by Franco Committeri.  Music by Armando Trovajoli.  Production Design by Cinzia Lo Fazio, Luciano Ricceri.  Costume Design by Gabriella Pescucci.  Film Editing by Francesco Malvestito.   This…

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Tempest (1982)

PAUL MAZURSKY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  USA, 1982.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by Paul Mazursky, Leon Capetanos, based on the play by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Donald McAlpine.  Produced by Paul Mazursky.  Music by Stomu Yamashta.  Production Design by Pato Guzman.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Donn Cambern.   Bloated, self-important near-adaptation of Shakespeare’s play in a modern setting,…

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Barabbas (1961)

RICHARD FLEISCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Italy, 1961.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Dino De Laurentiis Company.  Screenplay by Christopher Fry, based on the novel by Par Lagerkvist.  Cinematography by Aldo Tonti. Produced by Dino De Laurentiis.  Music by Mario Nascimbene.  Production Design by Mario Chiari. Costume Design by Maria De Matteis.  Film Editing by Raymond Poulton.  Those who enjoyed the gladiatorial…

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Bitter Rice (1949)

GIUSEPPE DE SANTIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Original title:  Riso Amaro Italy, 1949.  Lux Film.  Story by Giuseppe De Santis, Carlo Lizzani, Gianni Puccini, Screenplay by Corrado Alvaro, Giuseppe De Santis, Carlo Lizzani, Carlo Musso, Ivo Perilli, Gianni Puccini.   Cinematography by Otello Martelli.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis.  Music by Goffredo Petrassi.  Production Design by Carlo Egidi.  Costume Design by Anna…

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Quintet (1979)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1979.  Lion’s Gate Films.  Story by Robert Altman, Patricia Resnick, Lionel Chetwynd, Screenplay by Frank Barhydt, Robert Altman, Patricia Resnick.  Cinematography by Jean Boffety.  Produced by Robert Altman.  Music by Tom Pierson.  Production Design by Leon Ericksen.  Costume Design by Scott Bushnell.  Film Editing by Dennis M. Hill.   Paul Newman heads an impressive cast with…

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A Wedding (1978)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1978.  Lion’s Gate Films.  Story by Robert Altman, John Considine, Screenplay by John Considine, Patricia Resnick, Allan F. Nicholls, Robert Altman.  Cinematography by Charles Rosher Jr..  Produced by Robert Altman.  Music by Tom Walls.  Production Design by Dennis J. Parrish.  Costume Design by J. Allen Highfill.  Film Editing by Tony Lombardo.   Multi-character Robert Altman…

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