David Hamilton Film Stills: Bilitis


Here are some stills from the 1977 film Bilitis, directed by David Hamilton. It really is like his photography come to life and I believe it was his first film, it’s too bad that the version I saw seemed to be straight from an old VHS then digitized, so the quality wasn’t great. This movie is a little awkward, a lot of young ladies tenderly making out- don’t watch this with someone who isn’t comfortable with nudity! The funniest thing is the fact that there’s a photographer character, I wonder if he’s just a representation of David Hamilton himself? It must be a rule that any “coming of age” film has to include a whole lotta making out, and this one is no exception. Anyway, the colors in this film are gorgeous, and there are some great outfits too. I’m really enjoying 70′s films these days, any recommendations?









  • http://www.liebemarlene.blogspot.com Rhiannon

    I love his photos but his movies actually really make me mad, ha ha. They’re so pretty but all the girls in his movies are as dumb as dirt and all they seem to want to do is pose with flowers or take off their clothes to sleep naked next to each other.

    But I will say I wanted to own almost every dress in that movie.

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  • http://ateliertovar.tumblr.com/ Hannah

    I didn’t know he made films! I’ve been on a bit of a 70s film kick lately, as well; have you seen Eyes of Laura Mars? It is a bit ridiculous but amazing, Faye Dunaway as a fashion photographer who psychically sees murders. Otherwise, I highly rec everything by Fassbinder, probably my favourite 70s filmmaker.

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  • http://lamomeblog.blogspot.com saoirse

    these are so beautiful and dram-like! Love it!

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  • http://francesbaker.blogspot.com josie

    I studied this film at Uni, only not in one of my film studies classes but for gender studies. Its pretty good!
    Know what you mean about the make outs though…

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  • http://francesbaker.blogspot.com josie

    Haha I just read Rhiannon’s comment. So true!

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  • http://francesbaker.blogspot.com josie
  • http://tillyandthebuttons.blogspot.com Tilly

    Have you seen The Conformist? It was made in 1970 but set in the 1930s so has that lovely anachronistic feel of watching one past decade’s take on another decade’s style. Annoyingly it’s not available on DVD in the UK but I think it is in the US. It also features some ladies (almost) making out!

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  • http://ringohaveabanana.blogspot.com banana

    I definitely second Tilly on The Conformist! Also, Chinese Roulette, The Marriage of Maria Braun, Pretty Baby, Don’t Look Now and Klute.

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  • Marie-Christine

    Oh my! One of the worst movies ever made about lesbians.. I’m sure many of my contemporaries would be teary-eyed over these pics. Sigh. Too bad there was an old VHS lying around, but I guess it’s history and so shouldn’t be actually burned.

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  • http://bells-and-whistles-by-alice.blogspot.com/ Alice

    I looove his Pictures! So dreamily and lovely.
    Thanks for sharing :)
    xx, Alice from bells and whistles

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  • http://amberbluebird.blogspot.com/ Amber Blue Bird

    never heard of this film but I am gonna check it out, the stills are lovely

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  • http://donjuans-recklessdaughter.blogspot.com/ meg, reckless daughter

    sigh…gorgeous.

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  • Sarah

    Spirit of the Beehive – amazing.

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  • Philippe

    it is a lovely , magic and marvelous film , with an atmosphere of kindness and beauty , always subtle light ,
    a film that troubles you nicely and makes you deliciously dreaming of living in this magical world of David Hamilton

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