The 2019 Selection – The Titles

This page contains links to the Ritz Cinema Online Booking system to enable bookings for individual sessions.

There are also links to specially written or compiled program notes to the eleven films selected for Cinema Reborn 2019.

Click on the links to take you to each film.

Golden Eightiesx2Golden Eighties (Chantal Akerman, France/Belgium/Switzerland, 1986)

The famous feminist musical set in a fashion boutique and a beauty salon in a Parisian shopping mall where three women pursue the same man. French pop, love and friendship from director Belgium director Chantel Akerman and starring Delphine Seyrig.

…like Jacques Demy on speed…Akerman once again gets away with the impossible by virtue of her energy, insight and enveloping sensuality.” (Time Out)

2K Restoration by Royal Belgium Film Archive in 2016

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Read Angelica Waite’s insight-filled program note by clicking on this link

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Memories of Underdevelopment (Tomás Gutierrez Alea, Cuba, 1968)

Cuba’s greatest film and one of the best films of the 1960s directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea.

A bourgeois property owner struggles to accept Castro’s revolution. Bookended by the 1961 failed CIA plot to overthrow the government and the threat of nuclear war in the missile crisis of 1962.

Clearly a masterpiece” (Newsweek)

“…a more complex portrait of Cubans than the rest of the world was able to imagine”(Julia Levin)

4K Restoration by Cineteca di Bologna, 2016

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Read Rod Bishop’s comprehensive program note by clicking here

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Neapolitan Carousel (Ettore Giannini, Italy,1954)

Ettore Giannini’s sole feature film.

A joyous celebration, in brilliant restored colour, of the history of Naples told via a series of musical vignettes worthy of Vincente Minnelli or Powell & Pressburger at their peak. Choreography by the great Leonide Massine (who also stars in a number of sequences) and featuring an array of popular Italian actors, most notably the young Sophia Loren.

After its restoration by the Cineteca di Bologna supported by the World Film Foundation Neapolitan Carousel in 2018 was a hit at Cannes, Il Cinema Ritrovato and the New York Film Festival. Cinema Reborn presents the Australian premiere of this remarkable restoration.

 4K restoration by the Cineteca di Bologna supported by the Film Foundation

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To read Peter Hourigan’s comprehensive program notes Click on this link

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Sons of Matthew (Charles Chauvel, Australia, 1949)

A tale of rugged pioneer days, Sons of Matthew Charles Chauvel gave the lead role to the young Michael Pate and, as with the earlier Chauvel discovery, Errol Flynn, the film’s success hurtled the actor towards a long career in Hollywood. Controversial in its day for its famous nude bathing scene which the censor, remarkably, let through.

“This film is quintessentially Chauvel, combining the strongest factors in his personality. His reverence for the soil and the pioneer spirit is clear in the story of a young couple settling down on a “lost world” plateau in Queensland and raising a family despite drought, fire and natural obstacles. The setting, the rain forests of the border between Queensland and New South Wales, gave him the broad natural background he needed, and the script, with its bushfires and cyclones, an opportunity for spectacle. He could hardly have had a more congenial vehicle.” John Baxter, The Australian Cinema.

 Digital 2K restoration by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia as part of NFSA Restores.

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To read a detailed program note drawn from scholarly sources Click on this link

In a Lonely Place2In 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)

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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-DeathA 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)

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To read David Hare’s specially written program notes Click on this link

La Religieuse2The 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

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To read Adrian Martin’s specially written program Notes Click here

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Lucky to be a Woman (Alessandro Blasetti, Italy, 1956)

Long before they became internationally famous, Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni starred in a series of piquant, cheeky comedies that set the domestic box-office alight.

This one has Marcello as a paparazzi photographer who snaps a picture of the gorgeous Sophia showing more of her legs than appropriate for the day. Her noisy and very wily campaign to get some retribution ends inevitably but not before there’s much on display about Italian women and men and the roles the play. Funny, charming but also very spiky in its attitudes. Veteran director Blasettti handles the material adroitly.

 “…ninety-six minutes of unrestrained bantering and quarreling and teasing on the part of Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni…” Geoffrey O’Brien, the New York Review of Books

Digital Restoration by the Cineteca di Bologna, 2018.

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For detailed program notes Click on this link

wanda2Wanda (Barbara Loden, USA, 1970)

Barbara Loden’s only feature-length directorial achievement is a stark portrait of a working-class woman (played by Loden herself) who breaks free of a miserable marriage, only to find herself on the lam with an abusive bank robber.

“Wanda was a revelation. Nothing had prepared me for her performance—or for the film itself. Here was an American depiction of outlaws that refused to glamorize. Here was an American movie that picked up where Italian neorealism had left off.” Amy Taubin, critic

“I believe there’s a miracle in Wanda,” Marguerite Duras

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To read Adrian Martin and Cristina Alvarez Lopez’s specially written program notes Click on this link

yolx4Yol – The Full Version (Yilmaz Guney, Turkey, 1982-2017)

Yol – The Full Version (Yilmaz Güney/Şerif Gören, Turkey, 2017)

Yılmaz Güney made this film from a prison cell. His  experiences are embedded within it.

Six prisoners are given leave and the film contemplates the tragedy of distances. When the film was made in 1982 it had to be severely cut for it to be accepted for the main competition at Cannes. Despite this it won the Palme d’Or.  Güney’s original intentions can at last be seen in this comprehensive restoration.

“The film’s poetry, its combination of sound and image especially, has an unconscious innocence no longer available to most European and American narratives, and it is inspired by an enormous compassion for the suffering people endure at each other’s hands in a world where the strong pick upon the weak, the weak upon the weaker.” Chris Petit, Time Out Film Guide

4K Restoration

To read Jane Mills comprehensive Program Notes Click on this link

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Le Trou (Jacques Becker, France, 1960)

None other than Jean-Pierre Melville asked of this, Becker’s final film and the ultimate prison-break movie, “How many pages would be necessary to catalogue all the marvels of this masterpiece, of this film which I consider — and I choose my words carefully — as the greatest French film ever made?” Basing his script on the testimonies of three inmates who were involved in a celebrated prison break in 1947, Becker fashioned this spare, intense, and immensely suspenseful nail-biter. Marc Michel (memorable as the vaguely sinister jeweller in Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg), the only professional actor in the cast, plays a convict who joins his new cellmates in a plan to tunnel out of jail and escape through the Paris sewers, but soon comes under suspicion of being an informer.

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To read Mark Pierce’s Program Note Click on this link

 

 

 

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