Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond **** (1960, Ray Danton, Karen Steele, Elaine Stewart, Jesse White) – Classic Movie Review 6430

Director Budd Boetticher’s classic cult 1960 gangster B-movie, with lots of action and an authoritative, career-best performance by Ray Danton as the hoodlum Jack ‘Legs’ Diamond in prohibition-era Twenties New York, deserves its fame and […]

Dec, 19 · in Reviews

Don Giovanni **** (1979, Ruggero Raimondi, John Macurdy, Edda Moser, Kiri Te Kanawa) – Classic Movie Review 6429

Director Joseph Losey brings Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s magnificent opera masterpiece to the screen as a marvellous 1979 film of fire and water, lit like a golden Canaletto but lapped by the rancid waters of Venice’s murkier […]

Dec, 19 · in Reviews

Dodsworth **** (1936, Walter Huston, Mary Astor, Ruth Chatterton, David Niven, Paul Lukas) – Classic Movie Review 6428

Walter Huston, Mary Astor, Ruth Chatterton, David Niven and Paul Lukas star in director William Wyler’s heartwarming, life-affirming 1936 film from producer Samuel Goldwyn. Production designer Richard Day won an Oscar for Best Art Direction, and […]

Dec, 19

Dreams [Yume] **** (1990, Akira Terao, Mitsuko Baishô, Toshie Negishi) – Classic Movie Review 6427

The great Japanese writer-director Akira Kurosawa’s fascinating 1990 fantasy drama film is deeply personal work from the maestro, then aged 80, based on his actual dreams. It was Golden Globe nominated as Best Foreign Language […]

Dec, 18

Kagemusha ***** (1980, Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ken’ichi Hagiwara, Jinpachi Nezu) – Classic Movie Review 6426

The great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa is on commanding form in this thrilling 1980 film from his older age (he was 70) with a story about a 16th-century nobleman who saves the life of a […]

Dec, 18

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause * (2006, Tim Allen, Martin Short, Elizabeth Mitchell) – Classic Movie Review 6425

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause follows The Santa Clause (1994) and The Santa Clause 2 (2002) in 2006, completing the trilogy. Tim Allen returns as Scott Calvin, aka Santa, who has to keep his new family […]

Dec, 18

Rhapsody in August [Hachi-gatsu no rapusodî] **** (1991, Sachiko Murasé, Hisashi Igawa, Richard Gere) – Classic Movie Review 6424

Writer-director Akira Kurosawa’s small-scale 1991 Japanese film made in his old age at 81 tackles all the big subjects – the bomb, war guilt, forgiveness, life, death, the future and the whole darned thing. Kurosawa’s screenplay […]

Dec, 17

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