Thursday 27 February 2020

CINEMA REBORN 2020 - Launch Announcement- Website and Subscription Ticket Links - Dates, Venues, First Titles

Cinema Reborn has announced the first titles selected for its third edition, taking place in Sydney on 26 April and from 30 April to 3 May, 2020.   Screenings will also take place in Melbourne from 7-10 May and in Canberra on 8 & 9 May. 

The new website with first details of the program has now been launched and can be found if you click here 

Sydney Subscription Sales
For its 2020 Sydney season Cinema Reborn will offer a Subscription Pass admitting to all 15 screenings at the Ritz Randwick and AFTRS at Moore Park.
This pass will be available to be purchased online at the Ritz Randwick website  in person at the Ritz box-office or over the phone (02) 8324 2500. The cost is $105. No booking fees apply. 

Cinema Reborn 2020 will present fifteen programs totalling 19 feature and short films. Countries which will be represented for the first time are New Zealand, South Korea and India. 
The festival opens with George Marshall’s 1939 western  Destry Rides Again     and closes with Robert Siodmak’s film noir classic  Criss Cross.  

Saturday 2 May is devoted to Italian cinema, celebrating the 100thanniversary of the birth of Federico Fellini    with the screening of Nights of Cabiria; a documentary about Fellini and Luchino Visconti; and a Q & A with film scholar John Baxter.  The Italian cinema focus will include the complete restored version of Visconti’s The Leopard.   

From Thursday 30 April to Sunday 3 May Cinema Reborn will present twelve programs of classic digital restorations at Sydney’s Art Deco palace the Ritz Randwick.
 On Sunday 26 April Cinema Reborn will present an Australian Sidebar of three programs from Australian filmmakers at the Australian Film Television and Radio School in the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park. 
 Melbourne screenings will take place at the Elsternwick Classic.
Canberra Screenings will take place at the National Film & Sound Archive of Australia’s ARC Cinema
Ticketing details for Melbourne and Canberra screenings will be released shortly.

First Program Announcements
 Opening Night at the Ritz Randwick (Thursday 30thApril | 6:30pm)

Destry Rides Again  (George Marshall | USA | 1939 | 94 minutes)
 “…and when I die, don’t spend no money on flowers or a picture in a frame, just see what the boys in the backroom will have and tell them I’m having the same…”
1939 was Hollywood’s greatest year and also the occasion for Marlene Dietrich’s triumphant comeback after her career sputtered out at Paramount. Dietrich had the luck to appear in Destry Rides Again,the pre-eminent comedy western of the day, indeed of the era. Producer Joe Pasternak brought in talent in abundance, most notably the illustrious music team of Friedrich Hollaender and Frank Loesser who gave the star one of her most iconic songs“The Boys in the Back Room”. James Stewart plays Destry, the sheriff who is reluctant to use a gun. Dietrich plays Frenchy the bar-room singer. The chemistry is electric. Universal’s new 4K restoration brings back one of the great movies of an amazingly fruitful year. 

Closing Night at the Ritz Randwick (Sunday 3rdMay | 6:30pm)

Criss Cross (Robert Siodmak | USA | 1948 | 88 minutes) 
“One of the most tragic and compelling of film noir.”– Alain Silver 
 German refugee Robert Siodmak landed in Hollywood during WW2 and worked as a journeyman director for a mere decade and a half before returning to Europe. From 1944 to 1949 he made a series of noirs that set the standard for the genre, none more so than Criss Cross– a dark tale of passion, envy, betrayal and violence set around the narrative of an armoured car robbery.  1940s noir icons Burt Lancaster and Dan Duryea battle it out for the affection of the stunning Yvonne De Carlo, their actions perpetuating patterns of desire, dismay and unrequited love. Superbly restored by production company Universal-International, Criss Cross will be screening at Cinema Reborn in a brand new 4K digital copy that accentuates every element of the bleak post-war world in which doomed characters meet their inevitable destiny.

Italian Cinema at the Ritz Randwick 

Presented with the support of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Sydney  

Celebrating Federico Fellini- Saturday 2 May | 12.15pm 

John Baxter & Federico Fellini
Q + A with John Baxter and the documentary  Fellini vs Visconti – Italian Standoff (Marie-Dominique Montel & Christopher Jones | France |2014 |55 Minutes)

Novelist, biographer, filmmaker and critic John Baxter returns to Australia to present a program dedicated to the memory of the Italian master Federico Fellini whose 100thanniversary takes place in 2020. Baxter will join ABC Radio film critic Jason Di Rosso in conversation, bringing us a vivid portrait of the filmmaker, his life and work. Much will be drawn from Baxter’s friendship with Fellini, an acquaintance developed during the course of preparing the most recent and only authorized biography of the director published in English. The conversation will be followed by the Australian premiere of Fellini vs Visconti: Italian Standoff, a remarkable documentary by Marie-Dominique Montel and Christopher Jones devoted to the decades-long feud between Fellini and his artistic rival Luchino Visconti.  John Baxter will also introduce Fellini’s 1957 classic Nights of Cabiria at Cinema Reborn screenings in Sydney and Melbourne.

Celebrating Federico Fellini - Saturday 2 May | 2.15pm

Nights of Cabiria/Le Notti di Cabiria (Federico Fellini | Italy | 1957 | 117 minutes)
There is more grace and courage in the famous image of Giulietta Masina smiling through her tears in Federico Fellini's 1957 Nights of Cabiria, the restored treasure of the summer movie season, than there is in all the fire-breathing blockbusters Hollywood has to offer…. a cinematic masterpiece.”– Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Fellini’s  La Strada won a Foreign-language Oscar  in 1956, a success repeated in 1957 with his new film, Nights of Cabiria  in 1957Cabiria again starred Fellini’s wife, the scintillating Giulietta Masina, who won best Actress at Cannes for her performance as the much put-upon but always resilient Cabiria, the streetwalker with a heart of gold. The latest digital restoration of the film commissioned by StudioCanal has been timed to celebrate the director’s 100thanniversary. 

Saturday Night Special (Saturday 2ndMay | 5pm) 

The Leopard/Il Gattopardo (Luchino Visconti | Italy | 1963 | 185 minutes)
 “One of the films I live by” – Martin Scorsese

Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1963, Luchino Visconti’s revered film has gone through many tribulations at the hands of distributors and exhibitors keen to cut it down to size and remove its Italian-language soundtrack. It was not until Scorsese’s Film Foundation restored the film in 2010, thanks to a grant of $900,000 from the Gucci Foundation, that many first saw the complete film – a majestic tale of a Sicilian prince passively resisting the 1848 revolution. Based on Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s celebrated novel, the 4K restoration brings out every detail of the sumptuous production design, every glorious costume and every facial expression with a clarity previously unknown.  Remarkable performances by Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon. The near hour-long ball scene which concludes the film is its own epic depiction of a society whose end is near. 

One of the greatest achievements of Italian cinema.” – David Stratton  

Charitable Donations
Cinema Reborn is managed entirely by volunteers and has been grateful to private donors for their support in 2018 and 2019. In 2020 a fund has again been set up to accept tax deductible donations of any amount no matter how modest. You can make donations at any time by logging on to this page managed by the Australian Cultural Fund

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