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.
Alfred Hitchcock (1946) 101 mins PG
The second of Ingrid Bergman’s three collaborations with Hitchcock is undoubtedly one of the highpoints of both of their careers and one of the greatest Hollywood films of the 1940s. Bergman stars as the American daughter of a convicted spy who is “courted” by an espionage agent (Cary Grant) to infiltrate a Nazi organisation being established in postwar South America. A complex, bittersweet, brilliantly constructed and shot romantic thriller, it also represents a peak of studio filmmaking in its use of sets, rear-projection, stars and Ted Tetzlaff’s wonderfully expressive cinematography. With Claude Rains as the sophisticated former Nazi who Bergman is forced to marry.
Courtesy of the British Film Institute.
“The ragged end of nowhere”: Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious (1946) by Lauren Carroll Harris
George Cukor (1944) 114 mins PG
One of Hollywood’s most beloved mystery-thrillers, and a rare example of a true noir in period mode, Cukor’s lush adaptation of the hit Patrick Hamilton play gets the high-gloss studio treatment absent from Thorold Dickinson’s grittier 1940 British version. The otherwise over-the-top tale of psychological cruelty, secret identities and murder is carried by the glamour and polish provided by the classy leads Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer and Joseph Cotten, the emphatic pacing and gorgeous mise en scène. The film is the epitome of Cukor’s expert genre elasticity.
35mm print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.
The Madman in the Attic: Gaslight and the ‘Psycho Dandy’ by David Melville.
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.