Death Watch (1980)

BERTRAND TAVERNIER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 Original Title: La Mort En Direct France/West Germany, 1980. Films A2, Gaumont International, Little Bear, Sara Films, Selta Films, Societe Francaise de Production, TV13 Filmproduktion. Screenplay by David Rayfiel, Bertrand Tavernier, Géza von Radványi, based on the novel by David Compton. Cinematography by Pierre-William Glenn. Produced by…

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The Pirates of Malaysia (1964)

UMBERTO LENZI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 Original Title: I pirati della Malesia Alternate Title: Sandokan: Pirate of Malaysia, Pirates of the Seven Seas Italy/Spain/West Germany/France, 1964. Euro International Film, La Société des Films Sirius, Lacy Internacional Films. Story by Ugo Liberatore, Screenplay by Ugo Liberatore, Victor Andres Catena, Jaime Comas Gil, based on…

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Cobra Verde (1987)

WERNER HERZOG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  West Germany/Ghana, 1987.  Werner Herzog Filmproduktion, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, Ghana Film Industry Corporation.   Screenplay by Werner Herzog, based on the novel by Bruce Chatwin.  Cinematography by Viktor Ruzicka.   Produced by Lucki Stipetic.   Music by Popol Vuh.   Production Design by Ulrich Bergfelder.   Costume Design by Gisela Storch.   Film…

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The Indian Tomb (1959)

FRITZ LANG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB Original Title:  Das indische Grabmal West Germany/France/Italy, 1959.  Central Cinema Company Film, Rizzoli Film, Regina Production, Critérion Film. Screenplay by Werner Jorg Luddecke, Richard Eichberg, based on the novel by Thea von Harbou. Cinematography by Richard Angst. Produced by Artur Brauner. Music by Gerhard Becker. Production Design…

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The Pied Piper (1972)

JACQUES DEMY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  United Kingdom/West Germany/USA, 1972.  Sagittarius Productions, Goodtimes Enterprises.   Screenplay by Andrew Birkin, Jacques Demy, Mark Peploe, based on the fairy tale by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm and the poem by Robert Browning.  Cinematography by Peter Suschitzky.  Produced by David Puttnam, Sanford Lieberson.  Music by Donovan.  Production Design…

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The Consequence (1977)

WOLFGANG PETERSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. Original Title: Die Konsequenz West Germany, 1977.  Solaris Film, Westdeutscher Rundfunk.   Screenplay by Alexander Ziegler, Wolfgang Petersen, based on the novel by Alexander Ziegler.   Cinematography by Jörg-Michael Baldenius.   Produced by Bernd Eichinger.   Music by Nils Sustrate.    Production Design by O. Jochen Schmidt.   Costume Design by Josef…

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Fitzcarraldo (1982)

WERNER HERZOG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.   West Germany/Peru/South Africa, 1982.  Werner Herzog Filmproduktion, Pro-ject Filmproduktion, Filmverlag der Autoren, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, Wildlife Films Peru.  Screenplay by Werner Herzog.  Cinematography by Thomas Mauch.  Produced by Werner Herzog, Willi Segler, Lucki Stipetic.  Music by Popol Vuh.  Production Design by Ulrich Bergfelder, Henning von Gierke.  Costume Design by Gisela Storch.  Film Editing by Beate…

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Brass Target (1978)

JOHN HOUGH Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.   USA/West Germany/Switzerland, 1978.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Alvin Boretz, based on the novel by Frederick Nolan.  Cinematography by Tony Imi.  Produced by Arthur Lewis.  Music by Laurence Rosenthal.  Production Design by Rolf Zehetbauer.  Costume Design by Monika Bauert.  Film Editing by David Lane. George S. Patton is given the JFK treatment in a conspiracy thriller that…

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Lisa And The Devil (1973)

MARIO BAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   Original title:  Lisa e il diavolo Italy/West Germany/Spain/USA, 1973.  Leone International.  Screenplay by Mario Bava, Alfredo Leone.  Cinematography by Cecilio Paniagua.  Produced by Alfredo Leone.  Music by Carlo Savina.  Production Design by Nedo Azzini.  Film Editing by Carlo Reali.   Elke Sommer is terrific as a tourist visiting Spain who is distracted from her walking tour…

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Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

TERENCE DAVIES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.   United Kingdom/West Germany, 1988.  British Film Institute, Channel Four Films, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Screenplay by Terence Davies.  Cinematography by William Diver, Patrick Duval.  Produced by Jennifer Howarth.  Production Design by Jocelyn James, Miki Van Zwanenberg.  Costume Design by Monica Howe.  Film Editing by William Diver. Terence Davies follows three celebrated shorts that touched on his memories…

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Daguerréotypes (1976)

AGNES VARDA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   West Germany/France, 1976.  Ciné Tamaris, Institut National de L’Audiovisuel, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.  Screenplay by Agnes Varda.  Cinematography by Nurith Aviv, William Lubtchansky.  Film Editing by Andree Choty, Gordon Swire. Filmmaker Agnes Varda was inspired by a storefront on the Rue Daguerre, where her studio is still located, whose window hadn’t changed its…

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Francesco (1989)

LILIANA CAVANI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Italy/West Germany, 1989.  Karol Film, Royal Film, Rai 1, Istituto Luce-Italnoleggio Cinematografico.  Story by Liliana Cavani, Screenplay by Liliana Cavani, Roberta Mazzoni.  Cinematography by Ennio Guarnieri, Giuseppe Lanci.  Produced by Roberta Cadringher, Giulio Scanni, Jost Steinbruchel.  Music by Vangelis.  Production Design by Danilo Donati.  Costume Design by Danilo Donati.  Film Editing by Gabriella Cristiani.  Cannes Film…

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