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Just four days to go before Cinema Reborn 2023 kicks off with a screening of Vittorio De Sica’s neo-realist masterpiece from 1946 SHOESHINE introduced by Noa Steimatsky, a film historian now writing a book on Cinecittà at War. Noa is the author of The Face on Film (2017) and Italian Locations (2008).
Key films follow in quick succession and some of them have got some recent special attention in the media. Philippa Hawker has written a superb appreciation of THE MOTHER AND THE WHORE in The Saturday Paper and Jason Di Rosso and Margot Nash had a terrific conversation on Radio National about THE LONG FAREWELL (begins at about 38” if you want to cut to the chase).
In the meantime Cinema Reborn’s great friends Adrian Martin and Eddie Cockrell have been combined to write about Leos Carax and our World Premiere of the 4K restoration of his second feature from 1986 MAUVAIS SANG. This was the Carax movie that made the world sit up – It features French stars Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant, Julie Delpy and Michel Piccoli, a plot involving a mysterious epidemic which exclusively threatens young people who have impersonal sex, mixed in with the trappings of a heist movie that seems to be channelling both Jean Cocteau and Jean-Luc Godard. Who could ask for more...
Eddie's conclusion about this, the most inventive and freewheeling of all of the modern French cineastes is that Mauvais Sang displays Leos at the height of his passion and his powers. ... Unmissable.
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