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.
7:00PM – THE LAST MISTRESS
Catherine Breillat (2007) 104 mins R18+
Breillat creates a brutally sensual period film, distinctively eviscerating romantic illusions with a decadent vision of aristocratic sexual excess. Adapted by the director from Jules-Amédée Barbey d’Aurevilly’s erotic novel, it features Asia Argento as a ferocious force in the title role. A remarkably assured change of genre for Breillat, the film communicates a devastating power through its richly designed mise en scène. Shot with extreme precision by Breillat and Theo Angelopoulos’ regular cinematographer Giorgos Arvanitis.
8:55PM – ANATOMY OF HELL
Catherine Breillat (2004) 77 mins R18+
A suicidal woman (Amira Casar) hires her rescuer (played by generously endowed porn star Rocco Siffredi) to spend four nights watching her, facing the hell of the female body. Breillat’s “feminist existential porn”, an adaptation of her own novel Pornocracy, confronts misogyny and the male gaze with eyes and legs wide open. Provocative, agitational and providing humour not quite as unintentional as its detractors would have us believe, Breillat offers a philosophy of female corporeality unlike anything else in recent cinema.
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.