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 LA PAURA
Roberto Rossellini (1954) 84 mins
Building on, rather than betraying, his neo-realist career, Rossellini uses melodrama to examine the “truth” of human relationships. Though the decor is upper middle class, the emotions are raw, as a man and woman face the dissolution of their marriage. Pointedly starring Ingrid Bergman shortly before the end of her and Rossellini’s marriage and working relationship, the director makes the intensely personal overtly political. Based on the novel Angst by Stefan Zweig, the film also explores the reconstruction of Germany six years after Germany Year Zero.
35mm print courtesy of Cinecittà Luce.
Melodramatic Postwar Confessions: Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini’s La Paura (1954) by Christopher Weedman
8:35PM ELENA ET LES HOMMES
Jean Renoir (1956) 98 mins
Loosely basing the plot on an attempted 19th-century coup d’état, Renoir is more interested in sex and slapstick than politics in this whimsical romantic farce. Ingrid Bergman plays a Polish princess who through her love affairs could change the future of France. Colourful, light-hearted and absurdist, the film delights in its own artifice and theatricality, dishing up frivolous characters, sumptuous costumes and exuberant musical interludes. Panned by audiences and many critics on its release, Godard called it “the most intelligent film in the world”. With Jean Marais, Juliette Gréco and Mel Ferrer.
A Star’s New Stage: Elena and Her Men (Elena et les Hommes) by Matthew Sorrento
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.