PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ SINCE 1937
Randwick Ritz will celebrate 85 years of uninterrupted cinema going with its biggest retrospective ever, with 85 films screening in 85 consecutive days, one film representing each year the Ritz has been open. Select sessions will screen in 35mm, 70mm and 4K formats.
The retrospective begins with A Star is Born (1937) and an 85th birthday party on Sunday 24 July. Following this, the Ritz will guide audiences through a history of cinema with famous films that have graced its screens.
The retrospective begins in the 1930s, over the Technicolor rainbow, with The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and The Wizard of Oz (1939).
Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, audiences will have the opportunity to see some of the greatest films ever made, from the Golden Age of Hollywood and beyond, including Citizen Kane (1941), Casablanca (1942), Black Narcissus (1947) and Bicycle Thieves (1948).
The 1950s see an explosion of world cinema with revered classics
like Rashomon (1950), Tokyo Story (1953) and La Strada (1954), while the 1960s sees a stylistic shift from polished epics like West Side Story (1961) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962) to scrappy and subversive New Hollywood stories like Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and Midnight Cowboy (1969).
In the 1970s, the auteur reigns supreme with Robert Altman’s MASH (1970), Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show (1971) and Terrence Malick’s Badlands (1973), before the blockbuster takes hold in the 1980s, with Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Blade Runner (1982) and Back to the Future (1985).
Cult classics dominate the 1990s, with screenings of Pulp Fiction (1994), Clueless (1995) and Trainspotting (1997), while enduring independent gems like In the Mood for Love (2000), Lost in Translation (2003) and Pan’s Labyrinth (2008) weave a thread through the first decade of the new millenium.
Audiences can revisit recent favourites like Frances Ha (2012), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) and Get Out (2018) before the Ritz presents the very first Australian screening of A24’s The Green Knight (2021) to finish off its mammoth retrospective and birthday celebration.
85 Film in 85 Days
Daily from Sunday 24 July 2022.
Check their website for screening times.