Sunday 24 March 2024


Just to let you know a few news updates about Cinema Reborn 2024.


First we can report that advance bookings are running ahead of 2023 and already a few audience favourites are emerging. Most notably the Saturday evening sessions of Days of Heaven and Le  Samourai are already, as far as we are concerned, in the ‘selling fast’ category. We always expected they would be the most popular films. 


In Melbourne the Saturday evening session Days of Heaven is going to be introduced by Jake Wilson the film critic for The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. In Sydney the Saturday evening screening will be introduced by critic and former director of the Sydney Film Festival Lynden Barber.


The Cinema Reborn 2024 trailer

Once again Organising Committee member and highly regarded young film-maker James Vaughan has produced the trailer for Cinema Reborn’s season. You should see it if you attend the Ritz or Lido Cinemas over the next month or so but if you are curious we have uploaded it to YouTube Click on the link to see what James has done. It’s quite a show in 1 minute and 12 seconds.

The Golden Coach

Italy at Cinema Reborn 2024

Way back in 2021 we had our biggest crowd ever come out to see Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard. Since that time Cinema Reborn has been grateful for the support we’ve received from the Italian Institute of Culture to screen our Italian selections. This year is no different and we are pleased to have two superb films from Italy. One is a remarkable co-production with France La carrozza d’oro/Le carosse d’or/The Golden Coach starring the great Anna Magnani (above) and directed by Jean Renoir. The other is Il Grido/The Cry directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. This year our Melbourne screenings of these two great films are being supported by the Melbourne office of The Italian Institute of Culture


Renoir’s film, a story of a troupe of travelling players in 17th century South America and the mayhem caused when the local Viceroy, the local bullfighter and one of the actors all fall for Anna Magnani’s leading lady Camilla, has been called by Francois Truffaut “the noblest, most refined film ever made…maybe Renoir’s masterpiece.”


Il Grido

Il Grido, made in 1957, was the first of the master’s films to demonstrate the distinctive style and content that would become the signature of his illustrious career. It was the Antonioni film made immediately before he became an overnight sensation with his famous trilogy. Some say that on reviewing today it’s just as good as any of them.  


By some coincidence this will be the second time that both Renoir and Antonioni have had their restored works screened at Cinema Reborn. In our first season we screened Renoir’s The Crime of M.Lange and in 2021 we screened Antonioni’s Le amiche/The Girlfriends.


…and don’t take our word for it

To read a report on Cinema Reborn, here’s what critic Silvi Vann-Wall published about us in  Screen Hub


Charitable Donations

And as always… Cinema Reborn’s work over the years has long been sustained by the generosity of our donors who help us make up the shortfall between our income and the costs of obtaining and screening our program. The Cinema Reborn 2024 page on the website of the Australian Cultural Fund enables our supporters to make a tax-deductible donation. All donations great and small are very welcome. The Australian Cultural Fund page can be found If You Click Here



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