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In A Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray, USA, 1950)
Iconic film noir about a Hollywood scriptwriter stalked by accusations of murder. Directed by Nicholas Ray (They Live by Night; Rebel Without a Cause) and graced with compelling performances from Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame.
“As ever, Ray composes with symbolic precision, confounds audience expectations, and deploys the heightened lyricism of melodrama to produce an achingly poetic meditation on pain, distrust and loss of faith, not to mention an admirably unglamorous portrait of Tinseltown. Never were despair and solitude so romantically alluring.” (Geoff Andrew)
“…one of the darkest, harshest, and most devastating love stories ever made.”(New Yorker)
“Ray’s characters are inflicted with all the psychic ills of the fifties.”(Andrew Sarris)
4K Restoration by Columbia Pictures, supervised by Grover Crisp. Material derived from the newly-repaired Original Camera Negative. To read the specially written program notes by critic Eddie Cockrell Click on this link
A Matter of Life and Death (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, UK, 1946)
The much-loved fantasy-romance from The Archers team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, set during World War II and juxtaposing heaven (fantasy) and earth (reality). Powell and Pressburger were asked by the Ministry of Information for a film to promote goodwill between the Allies – Britain and the USA. What they delivered was as original, as bold and as outrageous as anything in their long careers. Cast includes David Niven, Kim Hunter, Roger Livesey, Richard Attenborough, Raymond Massey.
“…touched with eternity…” (Village Voice)
“…utterly unique, enduringly rich and strange romantic fantasia…” (The Guardian)
To read David Hare’s specially written program notes Click on this link
The Nun/La Religieuse (Jacques Rivette, France, 1966)
The great Jacques Rivette adapts Denis Diderot’s controversial 1760 tale of a nun (played by Anna Karina) forced into convent life and facing beatings, starvation, sexual harassment and attempted rape.
Screened at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival, it was subsequently charged with “anti-clericalism” and banned from distribution in France for two years.
“…an eerie theatricality and mystery, as it dramatises the nature of freedom….” (The Guardian)
Restoration by StudioCanal, 2018
To read Adrian Martin’s specially written program Notes Click here
Wanda (Barbara Loden, USA, 1970)
Barbara Loden’s amazing one-shot feature.
Loden plays the lead herself as Wanda, a disheveled figure with low self-esteem who just absorbs the slings and arrows until she teams up with a small-time crook.
“Barbara Loden manages to make the character at once completely convincing in her soggy and directionless amorality, yet gradually sympathetic and even heroic” (Time Out Film Guide)
To read Adrian Martin and Cristina Alvarez Lopez’s specially written program notes Click on this link
A special tribute to Sophia Loren and the Italian cinema of the Fifties.
Last year it was Australian legend – critic, scholar, actor, director John Flaus, who had the honour of appearing in two of the films we screened at Cinema Reborn.
This year we are going international and the only double appearance will be made by superstar Sophia Loren. Like Flaus last year, it’s thought that Sophia will not be attending in person. Nevertheless, before we announce the titles, here’s some background about Sophia’s early years in the business. Just click on this link