Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Busman’s Honeymoon [Haunted Honeymoon] *** (1940, Robert Montgomery, Constance Cummings, Leslie Banks, Seymour Hicks, Robert Newton, Googie Withers) – Classic Movie Review 6286

Director Arthur B Woods’s deliciously charming and amusing 1940 British comedy thriller is based on Dorothy L Sayers’s co-authored London West End play Busman’s Honeymoon, which opened in London on 16 December 1936. Sayers later reworked the […]

Nov, 22 · in Uncategorized

The Business of Strangers *** (2001, Stockard Channing, Julia Stiles, Frederick Weller) – Classic Movie Review 6287

‘Everyone eats shit. It’s just a question of degrees.’ – Julie. Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles play Julie and Paula, business women of very different ages and backgrounds who meet up at an airport motel, bond over […]

Nov, 22 · in Uncategorized

The Carpetbaggers *** (1964, George Peppard, Carroll Baker, Alan Ladd, Martin Balsam, Robert Cummings, Martha Hyer, Elizabeth Ashley, Lew Ayres, Leif Erickson) – Classic Movie Review 6285

Director Edward Dmytryk skillfully turns Harold Robbins’s best-selling novel into its exact movie equivalent – a compulsively trashy epic film with an escapist Hollywood story and glossy cardboard characters. The 1964 tells a romantic drama […]

Nov, 22

Where Love Has Gone *** (1964, Susan Hayward, Bette Davis, Mike Connors, Joey Heatherton, Jane Greer, George Macready, DeForest Kelley) – Classic Movie Review 6284

Director Edward Dmytryk’s lurid 1964 drama is an unseemly but suitably overwrought version of Harold Robbins’s best-selling novel, doubtless sparked off by the real-life story of Lana Turner’s daughter Cheryl killing Lana’s lover in 1958. (She was […]

Nov, 22

Haunted Honeymoon ** (1986, Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner, Dom DeLuise, Jonathan Pryce, Paul L Smith, Peter Vaughan, Bryan Pringle) – Classic Movie Review 6283

Co-writer/ director Gene Wilder and his late wife Gilda Radner bring a smidgeon of sparkle into this amiable but slack, creaky and lacklustre 1986 haunted house spoof comedy chiller. The problem, as so often, especially […]

Nov, 22

Cronaca di un amore [Story of a Love Affair] *** (1950, Lucia Bosé, Massimo Girotti, Ferdinando Sarmi, Gino Rossi) – Classic Movie Review 6282

Michelangelo Antonioni’s promising 1950 drama is his first full-length feature film and stars Massimo Girotti (as Guido Garroni) and Lucia Bosè (as attractive young Paola Fontana), along with fashion designer Ferdinando Sarmi (as Paola’s wealthy industrialist husband, Enrico Fontana). […]

Nov, 22

Le Amiche [The Girl Friends] **** (1955, Eleonora Rossi Drago, Valentina Cortese, Yvonne Furneaux, Gabriele Ferzetti) – Classic Movie Review 6281

This early Michelangelo Antonioni 1955 Italian film is a highly successful, clever adaptation of a Cesare Pavese story (Tra Donne Sole) about the relationships between a young cosmopolitan fashion designer Clelia (Eleonora Rossi Drago) and […]

Nov, 21

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