Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Killer’s Kiss ***½ (1955. Frank Silvera, Irene Kane, Jamie Smith) – Classic Movie Review 360

Stanley Kubrick’s short second feature film from 1955 is only 67 minutes long, but it provides plenty of evidence of the budding director’s talent. A punchy, stylish, inventively made, film noir action thriller, it is told a […]

Nov, 03 · in Reviews

The Killing ***** (1956, Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C Flippen, Marie Windsor, Ted de Corsia, Elisha Cook Jr, Timothy Carey) – Classic Movie Review 359

Stanley Kubrick’s exhilarating youthful 1956 masterpiece – his third feature made when he was 28 – is a taut, fast-paced, atmospheric B-movie noir thriller. It gets top mileage from its carefully delineated characters of hoods […]

Nov, 03 · in Reviews

The Night of the Iguana ***** (1964, Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, Sue Lyon) – Classic Movie Review 358

Tennessee Williams’s brilliant play is one of his finest and this 1964 movie version is beautifully handled by an inspired and fired-up director John Huston, with a dream cast giving performances to be proud of. […]

Nov, 03

The Night of the Hunter ***** (1955, Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish) – Classic Movie Review 357

‘This morning we were married, and now you think I’m going to kiss you, hold you, call you my wife!’ – Robert Mitchum. With a beautifully crafted, literate screenplay by James Agee based on the […]

Nov, 03

The Kentuckian **** (1955, Burt Lancaster, Diana Lynn, Dianne Foster, Walter Matthau, John McIntire, Una Merkel, John Carradine) – Classic Movie Review 356

In his only film as sole director, Burt Lancaster also stars in this enjoyable 1955 Western, made for his company Hecht-Hill- Lancaster, with his producer partners Harold Hecht and James Hill. Sadly it had an […]

Nov, 03

Le Quai des Brumes [Port of Shadows] ***** (1938, Jean Gabin, Michèle Morgan, Michel Simon, Pierre Brasseur, Edouard Delmont) – Classic Movie Review 355

          Jean Gabin and Michèle Morgan unforgettably play out their passion-driven fate as doomed lovers in the poetically grungy, smoky and despairing urban settings of a pre-war Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, northern France. […]

Nov, 03

Le Jour se Leve [Daybreak] ***** (1939, Jean Gabin, Arletty, Jacqueline Laurent, Jules Berry) – Classic Movie Review 354

French maestro Marcel Carné’s 1939 masterwork is a moody, atmospheric, haunting romantic thriller. Jean Gabin stars as a nice ordinary factory worker Francois, who is holed up and barricaded in the furnished room of his garret, cornered […]

Nov, 03

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