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 – JULES ET JIM
François Truffaut (1961) 105 mins PG
Truffaut once described Henri-Pierre Roché’s source novel as “the perfect hymn to love and perhaps to life”, and his exquisite, supremely energetic and highly cinematic adaptation is, along with Godard’s Breathless, the most famous film of the nouvelle vague, sporting several of the most cherished scenes in cinema history.
Set before, during and after World War I, the film tells the modernity-fuelled story of a love triangle between two friends (Oskar Werner and Henri Serre) and a truly independent and mercurial woman. As Catherine, the uncontainable object and subject of the titular characters’ affections, Moreau is a truly unforgettable force of life.
35mm print courtesy of the British Film Institute.
9:00pm – DIARY OF CHAMBERMAID
Luis Buñuel (1964) 98 mins M
Buñuel and co-writer Jean-Claude Carrière inventively update Octave Mirbeau’s turn-of-the-century novel to 1928 when similar social conflicts resurfaced involving working-class fascists making common cause with the aristocracy.
In one of his “most sublime creations” (Michael Atkinson), Buñuel is able to explore the full palette of his decadent, fetishistic universe through a characteristically droll dissection of bourgeois values set within an uncommonly realist framework. Moreau stars in one of her most nuanced and imperious performances as Céléstine, the chambermaid of the title.
Co-stars Michel Piccoli.
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.
Presented by The Melbourne Cinémathèque and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
Curated by the Melbourne Cinémathèque.
Curatorial Committee: Michael Koller, Michelle Carey, Adrian Danks and Eloise Ross with assistance from Cerise Howard.
Supported by Screen Australia and Film Victoria.