cinema reborn

Cinema Reborn is a new festival focused on screen heritage and preservation, intended to shine a light on the long history of the art of the cinema, the world-wide activity of film restoration and the treasures that exist in the world’s film archives

Sydney, Adelaide (May 2020)

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Closing time approaches at CINEMA REBORN 2019.Just one screening to go but we’ve chosen a movie to send cinephiles dancing into St Pauls Street, home of the Randwick Ritz.A quick thanks to projectionists John and Sean for negotiating their way through a sea of hard drives, ingestion deadlines, differing formats and subtitle options. Thanks to Ashleigh Mackenzie for managing the traffic in the cinema itself and thanks to all those who put in the hard yards to write the program notes and introduce the movies.So…one to go, a brilliant rediscovery from Cannes, Bologna and New York. It’s NEAPOLITAN CAROUSEL, the only movie ever directed by Ettore Giannini – a fabulous kaleidoscope of colours, sounds, dances and songs all designed to tell us the history of Naples. In his notes on the film published online and in the Cinema Reborn printed catalogue ($2 at the Information Desk in the Ritz foyer) Peter Hourigan calls the film  “a history of Naples over several hundred years. But this Naples belongs to the same world as the Venice we see in Powell and Pressburger’s The Tales of Hoffmann (1951), a place of studio sets, streets smooth enough and wide enough for large dances, and colours as vivid as the imagination.  When an iterant storyteller (Paolo Stoppa) sees his sheet music blown around by a wind those songs become the heart and motor of the film…..  it is a non-stop whirl of song and dance, drawing on the rich legacy of Naples’ street song tradition…. In a way, it’s an early instance of exploring a history through popular culture with the songs capturing the zeitgeist of moments in Naples’ past.Among the cavalcade of Italian stars who feature in the passing parade is the young and incredibly gorgeous Sophia Loren. The singing is by among others,  the great tenor Beniamino Gigli.Peter Hourigan will do the honours of introducing the film.You can buy tickets at the door to all Cinema Reborn screenings (credit cards accepted, no surcharge) at regular Ritz prices including $10 for Seniors. Otherwise to book tickets in advance to these films go to this page at the Ritz website ….and you can buy a copy of the splendid Cinema Reborn 2019 catalogue at the festival information desk in the Ritz foyer for just $2.TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS
Cinema Reborn has been developed by community of cinema enthusiasts working on an entirely voluntary basis. They are experienced programmers, filmmakers, screen historians, critics and they have come together out of a deep love of the cinema’s past and a desire to participate in the burgeoning worldwide activity of film restoration and re-presentation of classical film. Donations to support our efforts are welcome and if made through the Australian Cultural Fund website are tax-deductible. There is a link below.ATMOSPHERICS AND COLLEGIALITY
Following the 6.30 PM screenings each day through to Monday 6 May patrons are invited to adjourn to the splendid upstairs balcony bar at the Ritz to buy a drink and discuss the 2019 program. A moment too to suggest what we might show in 2020.
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