Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Jesus Christ Superstar *** (1973, Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman, Barry Dennen, Bob Bingham, Josh Mostel) – Classic Movie Review 5676

Director Norman Jewison’s greatly maligned 1973 movie of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical – or rock opera as there are no spoken lines and everything is sung – is valuable as an impressive attempt […]

Jun, 27 · in Reviews

Carmen Jones **** (1954, Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte, Olga James, Pearl Bailey, Diahann Carroll) – Classic Movie Review 5675

For its 1954 20th Century Fox film musical, Oscar Hammerstein’s renowned contemporary update on the Georges Bizet opera provides new, modernised lyrics and an African-American cast. It has ideal casting with Dorothy Dandridge as Carmen, […]

Jun, 27 · in Reviews

Porgy and Bess **** (1959, Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis Jr, Pearl Bailey, Brock Peters) – Classic Movie Review 5674

Director Otto Preminger’s 1959 film version of the George Gershwin musical about a poor young woman with a disreputable history and the crippled beggar who saves her from the bad guys of Catfish Row in […]

Jun, 26

It’s Always Fair Weather *** (1955, Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse, Dolores Gray, Michael Kidd) – Classic Movie Review 5673

Back on the town, following On the Town (1949) that is, three wartime GI buddies, Ted (Gene Kelly), Doug (Dan Dailey) and Angie (Michael Kidd), meet up again at a New York bar on 11 October […]

Jun, 26

Three Little Words *** (1950, Fred Astaire, Red Skelton, Vera-Ellen, Arlene Dahl, Keenan Wynn, Gale Robbins, Gloria DeHaven, Debbie Reynolds) – Classic Movie Review 5672

Here’s Fred Astaire without his regular partner Ginger Rogers but instead cast with Vera-Ellen and Debbie Reynolds in director Richard Thorpe’s just above par-for-the-course 1950 MGM musical about those witty songwriters Bert Kalmar (Astaire) and […]

Jun, 26

The Belle of New York ** (1952, Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen, Majorie Main, Keenan Wynn) – Classic Movie Review 5671

Director Charles Walters makes a 1952 MGM musical with Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen, Majorie Main and Keenan Wynn. The spirits rise – but only to fall again, because this is a dull rendition of the Harry […]

Jun, 26

The Black Tulip [La Tulipe Noir] *** (1963, Alain Delon, Virna Lisi, Dawn Addams, Akim Tamiroff) – Classic Movie Review 5670

The young Alain Delon cuts a glorious dash – or a couple of dashes – in a twin roles as French brothers Julien and Guillaume de Saint-Preux in this entertaining French remake version of the […]

Jun, 26

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