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 22

7:00pm – A SPECIAL DAY
Ettore Scola (1977) 106 mins M

Scola’s sepia-toned masterwork remains one of the few Italian films to truly reckon with pre-World War II fascist Italy. Set entirely in the labyrinthine apartment complex Palazzo Federici, screen icons Sophia Loren and Mastroianni play against type as tangential outsiders hanging out while the rest of Rome gathers to witness the reception of Hitler by Mussolini.

Utilising virtuoso camerawork by Pasqualino De Santis, and a constant soundtrack of blaring radio commentary, Scola creates profound insights through his dextrous use of the limitations of time frame, casting and setting.

35mm print courtesy of Cinecittà Luce.

CTEQ Annotation:
Two Ordinary People; One Special Day by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster.


Paulo and Vittorio Taviani (1974) 115 mins M

Initially beginning their filmmaking careers operating in a scrupulously realist, docu-drama mode, the Tavianis took a turn towards the semi-Brechtian with this acerbic, classically ’70s anti-spectacle, starring a game Mastroianni. A visually expressive, sardonic and hallucinatory historical drama about the death of revolutionary ideals, this is the Tavianis’ “kiss-off to individual idealism, embodied by Mastroianni’s self-involvement – a ‘great actor,’ who sees political engagement as ultimately a matter of uniforms, a concept literalised in the finale for withering irony” (Fernando F. Croce).

With Lea Massari.

35mm print courtesy of Cinecittà Luce.


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.


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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.