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.


August 17


Masaki Kobayashi
 (1968) 130 mins
Unclassified 15+ Unless accompanied by an adult

A young soldier is left half deaf after a severe beating from a superior officer during WWII. Years later, the soldier and the officer become destined to cross paths once again after their eldest children are engaged to be married. Based on the novel by the great Shusaku Endo (Silence), Kobayashi’s film adaptation is a meticulously paced dramatic film that maintains the director’s lifelong stance against corrupt authority, war and brutality. Featuring Kobayashi regular Michiyo Aratama. Music by Japanese New Wave legend Toru Takemitsu.

35mm print courtesy of The Japan Foundation.

Masaki Kobayashi
 (1971) 123 mins
Unclassified 15+ Unless accompanied by an adult

An array of dissolute smugglers while away the hours at an isolated tavern, suspicious of outsiders and all too keen to avoid trouble—until the arrival of a young idealist trying to buy his beloved’s freedom from prostitution rouses their sense of solidarity. Kobayashi weaves elements of poetic realism into this stunningly shot adaptation of the novel by Shugoro Yamamoto (who also wrote the source novels for Kurosawa’s Sanjuro, Red Beard and Dodes’ka-den). Tatsuya Nakadai delivers another exceptional performa


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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