Ritz Cinemas

A Celebration of Cinema’s Grand Heritage

Cinema Reborn is 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. Join us this year at Ritz Cinemas Randwick from April 26 - May 3.

For more details head to cinemareborn.org.au

Cinema Reborn Subscription

Want to see more Cinema Reborn films for less? Purchase a Cinema Reborn Subscription for $105 to attend all 12 of this year's films at a reduced cost. Passes can be purchased at the Ritz Cinemas box office, or over the phone by ringing (02) 8324 2500. 

Pass terms:

  • Passses may only be used by the purchaser
  • Passes are limited to one redemption per session
  • Passes are non-refundable
  • You must redeem a ticket using your barcode online or in cinema. You will not be granted entry without a ticket.

Opening Night

Destry Rides Again (George Marshall, USA, 1939, 94 minutes)

1939 was Hollywood’s greatest year and also the occasion for Marlene Dietrich’s comeback at Universal after her career sputtered out at Paramount. She had the luck to appear in Destry Rides Again, the pre-eminent comedy western of the day, indeed of the era. Producer Joe Pasternak brought in talent in abundance, notably the illustrious music team of Friedrich Hollaender and Frank Loesser who gave the star one of her most iconic songs “See What the Boys in the Backroom Will Have”. James Stewart plays Destry, the sheriff who is reluctant to use a gun. Dietrich plays Frenchy the bar-room singer. The chemistry was electric. Universal’s new 4K restoration brings back one of the standout movies of an amazing year.



Sun 3 May, 6:30pm

Robert Siodmak, USA, 1948, 88 minutes

“One of the most tragic and compelling of film noir.” – Alain Silver

German refugee Robert Siodmak landed in Hollywood during WW2 and worked as a journeyman director for a mere decade and a half before returning to Europe. From 1944 to 1949 he made a series of noirs that set the standard for the genre, none more so than Criss Cross, a dark tale of passion, envy, betrayal and violence set around the narrative of an armoured car robbery.  1940s noir icons Burt Lancaster and Dan Duryea battle it out for the affection of the stunning Yvonne De Carlo, while setting up patterns of desire, dismay and unrequited love. Superbly restored by production company Universal, it will be screening at Cinema Reborn in a brand new 4K digital copy that emphasises every element of the bleak post-war world in which doomed characters meet their inevitable destiny.


SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL - The Leopard (pictured) 

Sat 2 May, 5pm

Luchino Visconti, Italy, 1963, 185 minutes

“One of the films I live by”, Martin Scorsese

Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1963, Luchino Visconti’s film has gone through many tribulations at the hands of distributors and exhibitors keen to cut it down to size and remove its Italian-language soundtrack. It was not until Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation restored the film, thanks to a grant of $900,000 from the Gucci Foundation, that many first saw the complete film – a majestic tale of a Sicilian prince passively resisting the 1848 revolution. Based on Giuseppe Tomasi de Lampedusa’s novel, the 4K restoration brings out every detail of the sumptuous production design, every remarkable costume and every facial expression with a clarity previously unknown.  Remarkable performances by Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon. The near hour-long ball scene which concludes the film is its own epic depiction of a society whose end is near.

“One of the greatest achievements of Italian cinema.” David Stratton