Dedicated to screening rare & significant films in their original format.

The Melbourne Cinémathèque is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run film society.

We hold screenings at The Australian Centre for the Moving image every Wednesday night for most of the year.

Admission is by membership, which can be obtained on a monthly or yearly basis.


February 10

Ernst Lubitsch (1943) 112 mins G

Lubitsch’s first colour film is a remarkably gentle and deeply humanistic fantasy featuring Don Ameche as an inveterate ladies’ man who calmly accepts he has lived a life of sin and debauchery while recounting his past and requesting admission to hell. Poking sly fun at
the manners, décor, costumes and naughtiness of the turn of the century and beyond, the film’s locales shift luminously between highly stylised and boldly Technicolor renditions of old New York, Kansas City and the modern streamlined waiting room of perdition.

Features pitch perfect performances by Charles Coburn, Eugene Pallette, Laird Cregar and the breathtaking Gene Tierney.

The film has recently been restored by the Academy Film Archive and 20th Century Fox in collaboration with The Film Foundation; it comes to Melbourne very soon after its unveiling at a Hollywood premiere in late 2015.

Please join us downstairs at Optic Kitchen and Bar after the film to celebrate the launch of the Melbourne Cinémathèque’s 2016 program.


CTEQ Annotation
‘Heaven Can Wait (Ernst Lubitsch, 1943)’ by Eloise Ross.


The Melbourne Cinémathèque started out as the Melbourne University Film Society (MUFS) in 1948 and changed its name to Cinémathèque in 1984.

The Melbourne Cinémathèque aims to present films in the medium they were created and as closely as possible to screen films the way they would have originally screened (i.e. big screen, celluloid prints, not video or DVD).

Programmes include a diverse selection of classic and contemporary films showcasing director retrospectives, special guest appearances and thematic series including archival material and new or restored prints.

We have on occasion hosted numerous seminars featuring renowned film scholars such as David Bordwell, Adrian Martin and Ian Christie. We are also dedicated to providing new annotations on the films we screen via the CTEQ annotations, hosted as a part of the quarterly online film journal Senses of Cinema.

The Melbourne Cinémathèque is self-administered and membership-driven relying on support from individuals, foundations, corporations and government funding to maintain its high standard of excellence. If you would like to be involved, or to offer donations or sponsorship, please contact us.


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MARCH 16, 7:00PM Douglas Sirk’s ALL I DESIRE to be replaced by Billy Wilder’s DOUBLE INDEMNITY as part of the Barbara Stanwyck program.