RITZ FILM MAGAZINE: A look at the first issue…

The Ritz Film Magazine, the successor to the long-running Ritz Filmbill which ceased its 21 years of publication in October of 2009, made its debut at our local Landmark theaters last week.  The Filmbill was loved by many, including myself, and that thin newspaper-sized pamphlet that Landmark has been providing for the past two years hardly filled the void left by the beloved pre-show time killer.  The new publication will be published eight times a year under the direction of Publisher Lisa H. Rafter, Editor Abigail Sutton, and Devon, PA’s R&W Publishing Associates.  So what’s inside the first 44 page issue?  Thankfully, everything that the Filmbill offered…

Local filmmaker/programmer/friend of Cinedelphia Andrew Repasky McElhinney takes up the reins of the popular “Ask Filmbill” column from Michael Norris, who handled readers’ film-related inquiries since the Filmbill’s inception.  Answers to the questions are as easily Google-able as ever, but it’s still a fun read (I admit that I was previously unfamiliar with the Joan Rivers-penned TV movie from 1973, The Girl Most Likely to…).  Other highlights include three pages worth of local film people’s memories of Ritz Theaters (a very Cinedelphia-like piece, I must add) as well as an interview with the director of Happy, Happy, a Norwegian film that came and went with little local fanfare (we saw it).  The rest of the magazine is padded out with local theater/gallery/restaurant listings, a spotlight on local seasonal cocktails, ten pages of film synopses, ads, and an appropriately inaccessible Tennessee Williams-themed crossword puzzle (46 Across: Brick & pal’s pro-football team).

Welcome to Philly, Ritz Film Magazine, we’re happy to have you (back).

Author: Eric Bresler

Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.

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  1. When cataloguing every film I saw in scrapbook form (of which I produced 4 volumes before discontinuing), the Filmbill was indispensable! Filmbill is dead, long live Ritz Film Magazine!!

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