Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Une Partie de Campagne [A Day in the Country] ***** (1946, Sylvia Bataille, Jane Marken, Georges D’Arnoux) – Classic Movie Review 8979

Director Jean Renoir’s delightful 1946 French short feature film Une Partie de Campagne [A Day in the Country] – poetic, humorous and evocative – is a cinematic milestone. Set in 1860, Renoir’s carefully constructed, exquisitely […]

Oct, 13 · in Reviews

Incitement *** (2019, Yehuda Nahari Halevi, Amitai Yaish, Anat Ravnitzki, Yoav Levi, Daniella Kertesz, Sivan Mast) – Movie Review

Director/ co-writer Yaron Zilberman’s insightful, expertly done psychological thriller Incitement (2019) details a series of profoundly disturbing personal and political events in the year leading up to the assassination of Israel’s Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin […]

Oct, 13 · in Reviews

Lure of the Wilderness *** (1952, Jean Peters, Jeffrey Hunter, Constance Smith, Walter Brennan) – Classic Movie Review 8978

Jean Renoir’s 1941 black and white American début movie Swamp Water is remade here in director Jean Negulesco’s 1952 romantic adventure drama Lure of the Wilderness with the definite advantage of Edward Cronjager’s excellent Technicolor […]

Oct, 13

This Land Is Mine *** (1943, Charles Laughton, Maureen O’Hara, George Sanders, Walter Slezak, Una O’Connor, Kent Smith) – Classic Movie Review 8977

Director Jean Renoir’s 1943 black and white wartime drama This Land Is Mine is perfectly constructed and strongly cast but it lacks his usual panache, partly because of Dudley Nichols’s routine screenplay and situations. Charles […]

Oct, 12

Swamp Water **** (1941, Walter Brennan, Walter Huston, Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews, Virginia Gilmore, John Carradine, Eugene Pallette, Ward Bond) – Classic Movie Review 8976

Master French film-maker Jean Renoir’s 1941 American début Swamp Water [The Man Who Came Back], made while he was in wartime exile from German-occupied France, is an unusual, dramatic thriller, set in Georgia swamps, where […]

Oct, 12

Fanny Lye Deliver’d **** (2019, Maxine Peake, Charles Dance, Freddie Fox, Tanya Reynolds) – Movie Review

Writer-director Thomas Clay’s labour of love Fanny Lye Deliver’d (2019) is a thinking person’s horror thriller set in Cromwell’s England on an isolated farm in Shropshire in 1657. You don’t get many thinking person’s horror […]

Oct, 12

Problem Child (1990, John Ritter, Amy Yasbeck, Jack Warden, Michael Oliver) – Classic Movie Review 8975

Director Dennis Dugan’s 1990 family comedy Problem Child stars John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck as Ben Healy Jr and Flo Healy, a loving husband and his wacky wife who adopt a devilish seven-year-old orphan boy […]

Oct, 11

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