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Bilitis

Irka Bochenko , Mathieu Carrire , David Hamilton  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Irka Bochenko, Mathieu Carrire, Patti D'Arbanville, Madeleine Damien, Germaine Delbat
  • Directors: David Hamilton
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, Import, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Castaway Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MV90DK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,363 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bilitis - VHS Version August 6, 2004
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This story is based upon Pierre Louys' turn-of-the-century novel, deals with a young schoolgirl's awakening to love. It takes place during her summer vacation at the home of a family friend, Melissa. The young girl, Bilitis, is shocked when she witnesses her friend and her husband making love, however Melissa encourages Bilitis to discover the aspect of love by seeing a young photographer, Lucas. When Lucas tries to make love to Bilitis, she rebuffs him and runs to Melissa, who in comforting Bilitis finds herself responding to her kisses and embraces. Melissa tells Bilitis there must be nothing more between them.

Bilitis discovers Melissa's husband is with another woman, so she decides to find another man for Melissa. She returns with Nikias, a rich young man who has loved too many too well, and both Melissa and he know they cannot have an affair. In the end Melissa and Lucas becomes lovers and Bilitis returns to her school realizing she is not yet ready for adulthood.

The quality of the VHS movie, while watchable, is not very good. However, the sound quality is even worse. There is a lot of high frequency hiss that should have been filtered out in production.

There is adult nudity, plenty of earl teen nudity (front/rear), adult themes and sexual situations (between Melissa and Bilitis). This is one of David Hamilton's better productions, on par with Laura and certainly better than Tender Cousins.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars good film with one glaring fault March 5, 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Bilitis is a coming of age film about an innocent girl staying with Melissa (a family friend) and her husband. She learned some painful lessons about love during her stay, such as witnessing the husband forcing himself on his wife every night, his infidelity, and Bilitis's own contentious romance with a local boy named Lucas. She decided to help Melissa by finding her a lover. However, Melissa and Lucas became romantic, and Bilitis returns to boarding school heartbroken but wiser in love.
Overall, the story and cinematography are good, and the actors (especially Patti D'Arbanville) are talented and attractive. However, I couldn't overcome the fact that Ms. D'Arbanville looked much older than her classmates. In fact, she was 26 years old at the time. This shatters the illusion of a teenager finding her first romance. Casting adults as teens is common, and if you can see past the 10 year spread between actor and character, this film deserves four stars. Additional note: most of the actresses appeared nude in the film, including several teens.
Some coming of age films of merit starring actual teens are Hamilton's other films "Laura" and "Tender Cousins", as well as "Beau Pere", "Pretty Baby", "Little Lips", and "36 Fillette".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BILITIS-1977 March 6, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
The english photographer & director,David Hamilton...& music score,lovly as ever by Francis Lai..makes this story about a young schoolgirl's awaking to love,pure magic.The beauitful

PATTI D'ARBANVILE..as..BILITIS..is just breathtaking.Sure there's a whole lot of nudity.But it's not pron.There's no girls running around having sex.It just shows them as girls togehter might be in the vision of the director.I happen to own an ORIGINAL VHS..it's a PERFECT ORIGINAL.It can be order at"MOVIES UNLIMITED".That's how I got it.And it took a lot of years.I once had it on BETA.I now have it on a dvd-burner print.PERFECT!

The story takes place around the beginning of the 20th Century.

Bilitis forsakes the man she loves to give him to her best friend.Played by MONA KRISTENSEN..as..Melissa.It all takes place on her summer vacation away from home.Bilitis discovers Melissa's husband is with another woman,so she decides to find another man for her.Doing so Bilitis is realizing she is not yet ready herself for adulthood.She will make you laugh..& cry.

Set in England..it's a real beauiful love cult story that people have missed.Ms.D'Arbanville..later played Chevy Chase's girlfriend in 1981 movie.."MORDERN PROBLEMS"And she's still beauitful then as in Bilitis in 1977. A MUST HAVE CLASSIC FOREIGN MOTION PICTURE for the collector.Take a step away from today's Blue Screen..specil effects with people on strings..and watch a real movie that will have you thinking of.."BILITIS!".
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing is perfect...(Dubbed english, no subtitles) October 19, 2005
Format:DVD
I waited for a long time the DVD version of this visual masterpiece (I have already the VHS tape). Promising a digitally remastered version with enhanced audio (Stereo 2.0), New Star Video offers not only the movie but also you can choose (from the main menu) a still gallery with the Hamilton's beautiful pictures (taken from the film) or just the music (to listen your favorite song of the movie). I gave it four stars because the DVD includes only the dubbed english version, without offering the original french audio or subtitles. Also, the remasterization didn't improve the quality of the images as I expected, but the audio sounds fine.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too bad picture quality! October 21, 2005
Format:DVD
I bought Bilitis on DVD from Amazon to get better picture quality than the very old VHS copy I have. But I got very disappointed. The DVD's picture quality is no better at all! The DVD is obviously just copied it from a VHS, despite this DVD seems to be the "official" one.

The picture quality is the worst of any in my DVD collection. Low resolution. Low contrast. Low color saturation. Jerky picture. You can even see some horizontal stripes typical only for faulty, old videotapes! A shame the studio released this DVD without bothering to scan the original 35 mm.

The movie itself is what you can expect from David Hamilton, who is no "real" film director, but a photographer. Or he pretends to be. I don't think he has ever been even close to take one single clear focused picture during his entire life. But he is even worse as a director. His films have dull dialogue (dubbed), untalented acting, boring and completely uninteresting story lines, silly characters, and so on.

The only honest reason to look at Hamilton's books and films is that he somehow knows how to get pretty young girls appear nude in front of the camera. A pity the picture quality is so dull then.

I give this DVD two stars because of a rare, one minute scene with a couple of skinny-dipping girls. And a third one, divided between some OK music themes and a few more nude shoots (including a softy, lesbian "sex scene" between the main character and a woman.) Story, acting, picture quality and "extras" (hardly anything more than scene selections and own music score) get zero combined.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As promised
Published 1 month ago by Dean W. Roemen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
As advertised.
Published 1 month ago by charles wells
2.0 out of 5 stars I didn't watch to the end.
I expected much higher quality from a professional photographer. What is deemed "softly photographed," I see as out-of-focus. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Vickery
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT RAINY DAY MOVIE
Great movie! I viewed this movie many years ago. I enjoyed this one even more, as it is refreshing and romantic.
Published 8 months ago by Brenda Browne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie.
As a photographer I have always been a fan of David Hamilton's work and buying this movie I could again catch up with some of his work. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. J. C. Henderson
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
Would give it a five star if the picture quality is better but i guess we can't ask for more since it's such an old movie.
Love "Bilitis"!!
Published 15 months ago by Yuan Shumin
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY, A VERSION OF BILITIS I CAN WATCH AND OWN
I've been waiting for a French version of "Bilitis" for years and it's finally here - one of Catherine Breillat's early screenwriting efforts, directed by the great photographer,... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Cool Aid Smile
1.0 out of 5 stars SKIP THIS ONE
Just godawful acting and even worse cinematography. Although, it has an interesting take on the lolita theme (the twist, lesbian pedophilia, and before you said it, yes, is nothing... Read more
Published on December 27, 2011 by JEREMY
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible picture quality.
this could have been a great movie. the problem is this DVD is a transfer from VHS to DVD without enhancing the quality of the picture. Read more
Published on November 22, 2011 by sexy dancer
5.0 out of 5 stars My 1st review
I am not a critic so all I will say is good movie and I can find nothing wrong with this video.
Published on March 15, 2010 by Allen G. Johnson
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