A Rainy Day In New York (2019)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 2019.  Gravier Productions, Perdido Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Erika Aronson, Letty Aronson.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Marco Piemontese.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.  Woody Allen returns to New York and to a lighter feeling in…

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Wonder Wheel (2017)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 2017.  Amazon Studios, Gravier Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Erika Aronson, Letty Aronson, Edward Walson.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter.   It’s Coney Island in the 1950s, and while all of New York gathers in crowds on the beach…

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The Driver’s Seat (1974)

GIUSEPPE PATRONI GRIFFI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.   Alternate title:  Identikit Italy, 1974.  Cinecoord International, Rizzoli Film, Studio Hamburg.  Screenplay by Raffaele La Capria, Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, based on the novel by Muriel Spark.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Franco Rossellini.  Music by Franco Mannino.  Production Design by Mario Ceroli.  Costume Design by  Gabriella Pescucci.  Film Editing by Franco Arcalli. Elizabeth Taylor appears in one…

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Cafe Society (2016)

WOODY ALLEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.   USA, 2016.  FilmNation Entertainment, Gravier Productions, Perdido Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson.  Production Design by Santo Loquasto.  Costume Design by Suzy Benzinger.  Film Editing by Alisa Lepselter. Woody Allen reaches a career low with this tired and charmless period piece. Jesse Eisenberg heads out to Los…

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The Bird With The Crystal Plumage (1970)

DARIO ARGENTO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  L’Uccello Dalle Piume di Cristallo Italy/West Germany, 1970.  Central Cinema Company Film, Glazier, Seda Spettacoli.  Screenplay by Dario Argento, based on the novel by Fredric Brown.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Salvatore Argento.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Dario Micheli.  Costume Design by Dario Micheli.  Film Editing by Franco…

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1900 (1976)

BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Novecento Italy/France/West Germany, 1976.  Produzioni Europee Associate, Les Productions Artistes Associés, Artemis Film.  Screenplay by Franco Arcalli, Giuseppe Bertolucci, Bernardo Bertolucci.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Alberto Grimaldi.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Maria Paola Maino, Gianni Quaranta.  Costume Design by Gitt Magrini.  Film Editing by Franco Arcalli. Robert De Niro and Gerard…

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Ishtar (1987)

ELAINE MAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1987.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Delphi V Productions. Screenplay by Elaine May.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Warren Beatty.  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by Paul Sylbert.  Costume Design by Anthony Powell.  Film Editing by Richard P. Cirincione, William Reynolds, Stephen A. Rotter.   Those expecting this movie to have unfairly garnered its reputation…

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Portrait Of Carlos Saura (2004)

JOSE LUIS LOPEZ-LINARES Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB Original title:  Retrato De Carlos Saura Spain, 2004.  Zebra Producciones.  Screenplay by Agustin Sanchez Vidal.  Cinematography by Teo Delgado, Miguel Sales Lopes.  Produced by Jose Velasco.  Film Editing by Fidel Collados.   This documentary triptych through the life and career of Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura is often more entertaining than many of his…

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Visions Of Light (1992)

ARNOLD GLASSMAN, TODD McCARTHY, STUART SAMUELS Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.  USA/Japan, 1992.  American Film Institute, NHK.  Screenplay by Todd McCarthy.  Cinematography by Nancy Schreiber.  Produced by Stuart Samuels.  Film Editing by Arnold Glassman.   Movies about movies are always entertaining, and this beautiful film about the art of cinematography is no exception. The filmmakers have interviewed a group of…

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Goya In Bordeaux (1999)

CARLOS SAURA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Goya En Burdeos Spain/Italy, 1999.  Lolafilms, Italian International Film, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, Vía Digital, Televisión Española.  Screenplay by Carlos Saura.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Andrés Vicente Gómez.  Music by Roque Baños.  Production Design by Pierre-Louis Thevenet.  Costume Design by Pedro Moreno.  Film Editing by Julia Juaniz.  European Film Awards 2000.  Toronto International Film…

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Tango (1998)

CARLOS SAURA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Spain/Argentina, 1998.  Adela Pictures, Alma Ata International Pictures S.L., Argentina Sono Film S.A.C.I., Astrolabio Producciones S.L., Beco Films, Hollywood Partners, Pandora Cinema, Saura Films, Terraplen Producciones.  Screenplay by Carlos Saura.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Luis A. Scalella, Carlos Mentasti, Juan Carlos Codazzi.  Music by Lalo Schifrin.  Production Design by Marianna Sourrouille.  Costume Design…

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Flamenco (1995)

CARLOS SAURA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Flamenco de Carlos Saura Spain, 1995.  Canal+ Espana, Juan Lebrón Producciones, Junta de Andalucía, RTVA Radio Television de Andalucia, Sociedad General de Autores, Sogepaq.  Screenplay by Carlos Saura.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Juan Lebrón.  Music by José Miguel Carmona, Juan Carmona.  Production Design by Rafael Palmero.  Costume Design by Amelia, Rafael Palmero,…

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