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.


May 25


Werner Herzog
 (1972) 93 mins PG

“At that moment I knew it was my destiny to make films, and his [Kinski] to act in them” (Herzog). The powerfully hallucinogenic imagery of Herzog’s allegory was shot on a huge and arduous scale in the Peruvian rainforest. Kinski (at his uncontrollable best in one of the cinema’s most indelible performances) plays a crazed 16th-century conquistador obsessed with discovering the fabled city of El Dorado. Roger Ebert called the film “one of the great haunting visions of the cinema”, and its exploration of military psychology and colonialist madness was a major inspiration for Apocalypse Now. Music by Popol Vuh.

35mm print courtesy of Deutsche Kinemathek.

Werner Herzog
 (1999) 95 mins PG

Herzog directs and narrates this outrageous, scurrilous but highly personal tribute to the murderous instincts, and other excesses, that coloured his combative “friendship” & 5-film collaboration with megalomaniac actor and co-conspirator Kinski. Herzog’s critical, self-serving but sometimes touching essay includes excerpts and notorious behind-the-scenes footage of incidents from such seminal works as Aguirre, Wrath of God, Woyzeck and Fitzcarraldo.


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.