Following last year’s successful inaugural event, Geoff Gardner and his organising committee have selected a smorgasbord of vintage films for the 2019 edition of Cinema Reborn, to be screened at the Randwick Ritz in Sydney from Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th of May. Over many years, Gardner has made frequent visits to Cinema Ritrovato, the world’s foremost festival of restored and remastered films, held every summer in Bologna, Italy. This has inspired him to bring some wonderful classic prints to Australia (some will be exhibited in other states) and deliver titles that we wouldn’t otherwise get to see in Sydney due to the absence of a cinematheque.
Cinema Reborn features a diverse program of 11 features made between 1946 and 1986, emanating from Australia, Cuba, France, Italy, Turkey, the UK and the USA. Opening the season is Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s extraordinary WWII romantic fantasy, A Matter of Life and Death, aka Stairway to Heaven, in a 4K restoration taken from the original negative. Then, over the next four days, audiences will be treated to works by some of cinema’s greatest directors, including Alessandro Blasetti, a pair of Jacques - Becker and Rivette, Chantal Akerman, Nick Ray, Charles Chauvel and Yilmaz Güney. Actors and actresses represented include David Niven, Sophia Loren, Anna Karina, Marcello Mastroianni, Michael Pate, Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame and Kim Hunter.
This is a season not to be missed by cinephiles and anyone who loves the movies.
For full program details click here.